The Research Group on Tourism, Heritage and Space (RG TERRITUR) develops applied and critical research on tourism, especially regarding its relationship with societal changes, natural and cultural heritage, and as a factor of transformation of space, places and landscapes. Researchers from several national universities (ULisboa, ESHTE, Universidade Europeia, UMinho) join this RG, both in the quality of integrated researchers and as collaborators. The RG TERRITUR’s research activity is fully aligned with the socioecological concerns and commitments of sustainable development and it is its mission to define solutions that contribute to more environmentally and socially responsible forms and types of tourism.

Our research is organized in three clusters, in which the following topics are prioritized:

1 – Destination management and tourism planning

– the political economy of tourism and the production of tourism places
– urban tourism
– tourism in environmentally sensitive areas (coastal zones and protected areas)
– monitoring overtourism and policy responses to promote sustainable development

2 – Culture(s), Leisure and Sociabilities

– heritage and development
– creative tourism and urban cultural studies
– social conflicts and cultural changes driven by tourism

3 – New trends and innovations in tourism

– ICTs and smart tourism
– e-tourism
– niche and alternative tourism
– ecotourism and the ‘greening’ of tourism industry
– tourism and environmental change

The research developed by the RG TERRITUR includes projects funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and the European Commission, as well as several other public and private entities. The RG TERRITUR promotes the dissemination of its research outputs in indexed scientific journals, through the publication of books, with the participation and organization of conferences and seminars, and on social networks. One of these initiatives is the CEG-Tourism week.

The RG TERRITUR is affiliated to the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research) and it supports and is involved in several IGOT-ULisboa advanced training courses, namely the Doctoral Program in Tourism and the M.A. in Tourism and Communication.