Programme of study visit to Portugal and local seminar

All activities are presented in Portuguese time zone (GMT+1). Students and academicians are requested to take own laptops. ESTM means School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Polytechnic of Leiria. You might also download the programme of the study visit to Portugal as a PDF file, and the programme of the local seminar (PDF file).

May 9, 2022, Monday, Study visit Day 1

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
10:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
11:00 – 11:30Campus tourESTM
11:30 – 12:00Welcome speechesJoão Paulo Jorge (Polytechnic of Leiria)
Luís Lima Santos (CiTUR Leiria)
Tomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)
Sérgio Leandro (Dean of School of Tourism and Maritime Technology)
ESTM Auditorium
12:00 – 13:00LunchESTM Canteen
13:00 – 13:30Assignment of the task7-8 groups of students (each of 5-6 students from 5 different universities)
Each group will be supported by an instructor
ESTM Workshop Room
13:30 – 15:30Workshop: QGIS and web-mapping for case study analysisMarta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
15:30 – 15:45Break
15:45 – 17:45Workshop: Challenges of Europeanisation from different perspectivesKrzysztof Janc (University of Wroclaw)ESTM Workshop Room
Project meetingTomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)(tbc)
17:45 – 18:00Break
18:00 – 19:00Lecture: Baleal Beach case studyJoão Paulo Jorge / Fernanda Oliveira (Polytechnic of Leiria)ESTM Workshop Room
19:15Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

May 10, 2022, Tuesday, Study visit Day 2

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:45Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:30 – 11:00Óbidos
11:30 – 12:30Praya d’el Rey
13:00 – 14:30Lunch breakFree timeBaleal Beach
14:30 – 15:30Baleal Beach site studyESTM TeamBaleal Beach
16:15 – 17:15“Locals talking” – Table discussion with local stakeholdersLocal stakeholders from Baleal BeachESTM Workshop Room
17:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

May 11, 2022, Wednesday, Study visit Day 3

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 11.00Workshop: Scientific report writingEven Tjørve (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) / Tomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45Workshop: Stakeholder analysis. Round IKatarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała / Marta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
12:45 – 13:45Lunch breakESTM Canteen
13:45 – 15:15Workshop: Stakeholder analysis. Round IIKatarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała / Marta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 17:30Workshop: How to support decision making effectivelyVanessa Assumma (Politecnico di Torino)ESTM Workshop Room
17:45Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area
20:00Social dinnerStar Inn Hotel

May 12, 2022, Thursday, Study visit Day 4

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 12:00Workshop: Writing actionable policy recommendationsDenis Cerić / Konrad Czapiewski / Marcin Mazur (Polish Academy of Sciences)ESTM Workshop Room
12:00-13:00Lunch break
13:00 – 17:15Students’ group studies7-8 groups of students (each of 5-6 students from 5 different universities)
Each group will be supported by an instructor
ESTM Workshop Room
17:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area
18:00Facultative students’ group studiesTo be agreed and organized by students

May 13, 2022, Friday, Local seminar

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 09:15Welcome speechJoão Paulo Jorge (Polytechnic of Leiria)ESTM Workshop Room
09:15 – 09:30Idea of SPOT projectTomasz Napierała / Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
09:30 – 11:00Students’ presentation. Round I15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes of discussion for each of 3-4 groupsESTM Workshop Room
11:00 – 11:15Break
11:15 – 12:45Students’ presentation. Round II15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes of discussion for each of 3-4 groupsESTM Workshop Room
12:45 – 13:45Lunch breakESTM Canteen

May 13, 2022, Friday, Study visit Day 5

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
13:45 – 14:45Evaluation of educational effectiveness of teaching on the spotInstructors (2 per group) will conduct focus with each of students’ groupESTM Workshop Room
14:45 – 15:15Summary of the study visit to PortugalESTM Workshop Room
15:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

Meet Hnat, our Ukrainian colleague

Meet Hnat Sumyshyn, Ukrainian student of the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at University of Lodz in Poland. Now, he is a master student of spatial planning and organisation programme and a member of the students’ community of the project ‘SPOT. Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations’. He also participated in our study visit to Turkey. In this terrible and uncertain time of military invasion of Russia against Ukraine we would like to share the story of Hnat and his opinion on the situation in his homeland.

Hnat grew up in Kyiv. After completing bachelor studies at the National University of Taras Shevchenko he moved to Poland. He wanted to make his dream of living a new life, in a new country, on his own rules come true. Hnat underlined that the language and culture of Poland and Ukraine are so similar. That makes the adaptation easy. And Lodz. From the perspective of a Ukrainian student, mundane things like costs of living really matter. Hnat also mentioned the attractiveness of the educational offer and social support of University of Lodz. From the perspective of an international student interested in geography and Geographical Information Systems in particular, the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at University of Lodz was the best choice.

All friends of Hnat know that he is an avid runner. We asked him about his hobby, and then realised that it is much more than a hobby. Hnat said: “I have been running for 3 years. From my perspective this is much more than just physical activity. It’s about lifestyle. (…) In these difficult times, running helps me relieve stress and explore myself for a while. And in general, I think a day without any sport activity is a day wasted.

We asked Hnat about the current situation in Ukraine. Hnat found out what happened from his friend. After that, innumerable messages began to flow in. Hnat said: “I understood everything but didn’t believe it.” At the moment, Hnat is in constant contact with his parents in Kiev. For now, their situation is very difficult. Due to the risk of air raids they often spend the nights in the basement. Hnat feels safe in Poland, but his thoughts are always with his parents.

Hnat believes that declaring war on the Ukrainian people, which values their own freedom above all else, is a great mistake of Putin. He tells the Russians directly: “This is our land and no one wants you here! We will fight to the end! (…) Dear Russian mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, do you understand that your sons, husbands, grandchildren and brothers are going to certain and senseless death?” Hnat does not hide his gratitude to the Western countries for the decisive answer. And to the Poles he says directly: “You guys are great! I have seen how many of you are involved in fundraising and helping.

We asked Hnat about any requests or suggestions to the community of the SPOT project regarding the recent situation in Ukraine. And the only thing was the truth. To tell the truth about Ukraine, the country which defends not only itself but the whole Europe, and European values. And those values are also the core values of our project.

Programme of study visit to Turkey and local seminar

Mind to convert the time zone when out of Turkey. All activities of study visit are presented in Turkish time zone (GMT+3). You might also download the programme of the study visit as a PDF file, and the programme of the local seminar (PDF file).

December 6, 2021, Monday, Study visit Day 1

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
11:40Departure from the hotelDivan Hotel
12:00 – 12:30Campus tour
12:30 – 14:00LunchTourism Faculty Garden
14:00 – 14:30Welcome speechesKemal Birdir (Mersin University), Tomasz Napierała (University of Lodz), Ahmet Atasoy (Dean, Tourism Faculty), Mehmet İsmail Yağcı (Dean, Faculty of Architecture), Ahmet Çamsarı (Rector, Mersin University)Faculty of Architecture (FA) Conference Hall
14:30 – 15:15Sustainable tourism developmentJoão Paulo da Conceição Silva Jorge (Polytechnic of Leiria)FA Conference Hall
15:15 – 15:30BreakFA Foyer
15:30 – 16:15Fundamentals of spatial planningGiancarlo Cotella (Politecnico di Torino)FA Conference Hall (online)
16:15 – 16:30BreakFA Foyer
16:30 – 17:15Local attraction centre KızkalesiYasemin Sarıkaya Levent, Tolga Levent, Kemal Birdir & Sevda Sahilli Birdir (Mersin University)FA Conference Hall
17:25Bus leaves for the hotelFA Car Parking Area

December 7, 2021, Tuesday, Study visit Day 2

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:15Departure from the hotelDivan Hotel
09:15 – 10:15Kanytellis Archaeological Site
10:45 – 11:45Heaven-Hell Pits
12:00 – 13:00Lunch breakKızkalesi Rain Café
13:00 – 14:30“Locals talking I” – Round table discussion with local stakeholders from KızkalesiLocal stakeholders from KızkalesiKızkalesi Rain Café
14:30 – 17:30Kızkalesi site study
17:45Bus leaves for the hotel

December 8, 2021, Wednesday, Study visit Day 3

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelDivan Hotel
09:00 – 09:15Introduction and organization of the student workshopsFA Planning Studio II
09:15 – 11:00Workshop 1: Writing actionable policy recommendationsKonrad Czapiewski, Denis Cerić & Marcin Mazur (Polish Academy of Sciences)FA Planning Studio II
11:00 – 11:15BreakFA Foyer
11:15 – 13:00Workshop 2: Stakeholder analysisKatarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała & Marta Nalej (University of Lodz)FA Planning Studio II
13:00 – 14:00Lunch breakMeU Center
14:00 – 14:45Challenges for tourism resulting from global warming and economic changeEven Tjørve (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)FA Conference Hall (online)
14:45 – 15:00BreakFA Foyer
15:00 – 17:00“Locals talking II” – Round table discussion with local stakeholders from MersinLocal stakeholders from MersinFA Exhibition Hall
17:15Bus leaves for the hotelFA Car Parking Area

December 9, 2021, Thursday, Study visit Day 4

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelDivan Hotel
09:00 – 12:00Group studies3 groups of students (each of 7-8 students from 3 different universities)FA Exhibition Hall, FA Graduate Studio, FA Workshop Room
12:00-13:00Lunch breakMeU Center
13:00-15:00Group studies3 groups of students (each of 7-8 students from 3 different universities)FA Exhibition Hall, FA Graduate Studio, FA Workshop Room
Project meetingTomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)FA Meeting Hall
15:00 – 15:15BreakFA Foyer
15:15-16:15Discussion on students’ presentations I and IIStudents together with instructorsFA Conference Hall
16:15 – 16:30BreakFA Foyer
16:30-17:00Discussion on students’ presentation IIIStudents together with instructorsFA Conference Hall
17:15Bus leaves for the hotelFA Car Parking Area

December 10, 2021, Friday, Local seminar

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelDivan Hotel
09:00 – 09:30Idea of SPOT projectTomasz Napierała & Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała (University of Lodz)FA Conference Hall
09:30 – 09:45BreakFA Foyer
09:45 – 10:15Issues of tourism development and spatial planningTolga Levent, Yasemin Sarıkaya Levent, Kemal Birdir & Sevda Sahilli Birdir (Mersin University)FA Conference Hall
10:15 – 10:30BreakFA Foyer
10:30 – 12:00Students’ presentation20 minutes presentation for each of 3 groups and 30 minutes discussion at the endFA Conference Hall
12:00 – 12:30Long breakFA Foyer

December 10, 2021, Friday, Study visit Day 5

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
12:30 – 13:30Evaluation of educational effectiveness of teaching on the spot2 academicians from each team: Turkish, Portuguese, and Polish, to conduct focus with each of students’ groupFA Exhibition Hall, FA Graduate Studio, FA Workshop Room
13:30 – 13:45BreakFA Foyer
13:45 – 14:30Summary of the study visit to TurkeyFA Meeting Hall
15:00Free time
18:00Gala dinnerDivan Hotel

Kick-off meeting

The SPOT project started officially on December 1, 2019. However, kick-off meeting was organized few days after, on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7. All project partners met in Warsaw (Poland). We were hosted by Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences.

The goal of the kick-off meeting was to meet each other and discuss the following topics: idea and goals of the SPOT project, management, administration and finances in the project, procedures and tools of dissemination and communication, visual identity of the SPOT project. We have also discussed content of the outputs like theoretical framework on European tourism spatial planning, handbook on tourism spatial planning in Europe, and manual for academicians teaching sustainable spatial planning of tourism destinations. Finally, we shared our ideas of study visits.

Less than three months after kick-off meeting, first COVID-19 cases were evidenced in Italy, the country of one partner institution – Politecnico di Torino. Then pandemic outbreak was evidenced across other European countries. This has changed everything, including SPOT project. We had to cancel or postpone already planned mobilities, and change or frozen most of our scheduled activities. However, we still believe there is a chance for SPOT project to achieve promised outputs and goals.

Keep fingers crossed for us!

Meet the team of Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS

Stanisław Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences was founded in 1953 (initially as the Institute of Geography PAS). The Institute is an important research centre in Poland in the fields of socio-economic geography, physical geography as well as spatial organization. Within the framework of the Institute, the Central Library of Geography and Environmental Protection is operating, this being one of the largest library centres of the kind in the world. The Institute’s special asset is an active involvement in international scientific collaboration that, in recent years, have resulted in participation in more than 100 scientific and practical programmes and projects. In addition, in the last decade there have been ca. 200 national research and practical projects, expert evaluations, etc., which have been carried out by the Institute. Annual publishing output of Institute’s academicians comes to a total of 200 published items (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, monographs, notes, etc.), including Institutes’ journals (e.g. Geographia Polonica, Europa XXI) and publication series.

Konrad Czapiewski leads the SPOT project’s team of Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation Polish Academy of Sciences. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Rural Geography and Local Development. His broad research interest is human geography and particularly rural geography. He obtained the doctoral academic degree in 2010 and habilitation academic degree in 2021. Since 2003 he is an active member of the Main Board of Polish Geographical Society (six terms) and its Commission for Rural Areas. Since 2019 he is a member of the Main Board of Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning, Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2013 he holds the position of the editor-in-chief of the journal Studia Obszarów Wiejskich (Rural Studies). He authored or co-authored 114 publications, participated in 57 projects (granted by e.g. H2020, FP7, ESPON, World Bank, NCN, Erasmus+, Polish ministries and regions) and gave 120 conferences’ presentations (including 25 as a guest or keynote speaker).

Denis Cerić is a research assistant at the Department of Urban and Population Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation Polish Academy of Sciences. His broad research interest is tourism geography, international cooperation and cross-border studies. For several years, he managed a production department in Atlas, the largest tour operator company in Croatia. For seven years, he was working as a lecturer at the Alcide de Gasperi University of Euroregional Economy in Józefów-Warsaw on several tourism-related subjects such as “Tourism destination – management and planning”, “Introduction to Tourism”, “Tourism Markets” and “Tourism Economics”. In the SPOT project he holds the position of Dissemination Manager.

Marcin Mazur is a member of SPOT project’s team and employee of Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation Polish Academy of Sciences. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Rural Geography and Local Development. His research interest is quantitative methods in human geography (particularly in rural geography) and cartography. He obtained the doctoral academic degree in 2017, dissertation title: Cartographic method and the perception of the statistical map’s content. Since 2009 he is an active member of the Main Board of Polish Geographical Society and its Commission on Rural Areas. He holds the position of the cartographic editor of two journals: Studia Obszarów Wiejskich (Rural Studies) and Przegląd Geograficzny (Geographical Review). He authored or co-authored more than 70 publications, and participated in numerous projects (granted by e.g. H2020, FP7, ESPON, World Bank, NCN, Erasmus+, Polish ministries and regions).

Who is who in the team of Mersin University

Mersin University was established on 3 July 1992 and initiated its activities on 10 November 1992. In the academic year of 1993-1994, Mersin University started its education by admitting students to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Mersin Vocational School, Gülnar Vocational School, Mut Vocational School, Tarsus Vocational School and Institute of Science and Social Sciences which carries out postgraduate programs. Since its establishment, Mersin University has increased the number of its faculties to 16, the number of its colleges to 7, the number of its vocational schools to 11, the number of its institutes to 5, and the number of its research centres to 34. Today, with around 50,000 students, Mersin University is one of the largest Universities in Turkey with well-established ties with national and international institutions and has a very strong education and research base that continue to grow in education, research and social grounds.

Kemal Birdir leads the team of Mersin University. He is a tourism academician. He earned his bachelor degree in Tourism Management in 1989 from Cukurova University, Mersin School of Tourism and Hotel Management. The same year he was assigned as a research assistant in the same school and awarded a scholarship to complete his graduate degrees abroad. In 1994, he earned his MBA degree in Tourism Management from Hawaii Pacific University and in 1998, PhD at Purdue University’s Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional and Tourism (RHIT) program. He had researcher and consultant positions in different European Union projects. Since 1998, he was working at Mersin University School of Tourism and Hotel Management (now Tourism Faculty) and currently is a Professor at Hotel Management program at the same Faculty. He served as the dean of the Faculty between 2015 and 2020. His main fields of research are tourism management, human resources management and tourism planning. He is a member of Association of Tourism Academicians (TUADER).

Sevda Sahilli Birdir is a tourism academician. She earned a BS degree from School of Tourism and Hotel Management at Mersin University in 1998 and received her Master’s degree in 2001 again from School of Tourism and Hotel Management at Mersin University. She worked as a lecturer between 2001 and 2006 in Nevsehir Vocational School of Erciyes University. She earned her PhD degree in 2009 in Erciyes University, Department of Production Management and Marketing. Between 2006 and 2012, she was a lecturer in Social Science Vocational School of Mersin University. She received her title of associate professor at the Science of Tourism field in 2017. Currently, she is working as an associate professor in the Department of Tourism Guidance in Tourism Faculty of Mersin University. She had researcher positions in different European Union projects. Her main fields of work are tourism marketing and tourism management.

Tolga Levent is an urban planner and works at the Faculty of Architecture in the Department of City and Regional Planning. His scientific interest is mainly focused on the spatial organization of service activities, with a special emphasis on urban centres. He is also interested in regional innovation strategies, urban regeneration, migration, and urban resilience. He has taken active roles in educational partnerships at both national and international levels.

Yasemin Sarıkaya Levent is an urban planner. She has been working as assistant professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Mersin University since 2009. She had researcher and consultant positions in different projects. Her main interests are urban conservation, cultural heritage management, and urbanisation history. She is a member of Turkish Union of Chamber of City Planners since 2009, ICOMOS Turkey since 2017, and ICLAFI since 2018.

Get to know about the team of Politecnico di Torino

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading institution in Italy and in Europe in the field of technical-scientific research. Currently it is among the top Engineering and Technology universities in the world, and its international education network features about 460 bilateral agreements and 129 double-degree agreements with EU and non-EU universities, active participation in university networks and the establishment of international campuses. Within POLITO, the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is the result of a joint venture between Politecnico and the other main Turin public university (the University of Turin). The core mission of DIST focuses on educational and research activities in the field of urban studies, spatial planning and the built environment, including the management of historical, cultural, economic, technological, environmental, natural and built heritages. Thanks to its unique inter-university structure, DIST joins the scientific and cultural approaches of the Polytechnic (architecture, engineering and management) and of the University (political, economic and social sciences).

Giancarlo Cotella is the coordinator of the Politecnico di Torino team. He is an associate professor in urban and regional planning at DIST – Politecnico di Torino. He has over fifteen years of international research experience on the comparative analysis of territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe and beyond with particular reference to the impact of EU policies on domestic contexts. His work focused extensively on the potentials for transferability of good practices and policy recommendations within the European space. He has been working in close cooperation with a number of regional and local stakeholders, supporting them in the development of territorial development strategies.

Sara Bonini Baraldi is an associate professor in management at DIST – University of Turin, and professor at the Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, organized by University of Torino, the International Training Centre of the ILO, and UNESCO World Heritage Centre. She has also been visiting professor at Universitè Paris 8, Sain-Denis (France) and the Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland). In 2015 and 2016 she has been consultant for the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Italian Cultural Ministry. Her research interests concern the reform of public administration in the heritage field and the relationship between art, culture and the territory.

Marta Bottero is full professor in Planning Evaluation and Project Appraisal at DIST – Politecnico di Torino. She teaches Urban Management, Multicriteria Analysis and Environmental Assessment. She holds a degree in Environmental and Land Engineering and a PhD degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering. Her scientific interests mainly focus on methodologies, techniques and tools for supporting sustainability assessment of urban and territorial transformations. She has been acting as consultant and advisor on the matter for several public authorities.

Claudia Cassatella is an associate professor in urban and landscape Planning at DIST – Politecnico di Torino. She serves as chair of the M.Sc. in Regional, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning. Her theoretical and applied research mainly deals with landscape planning and landscape heritage. She took part to numerous applied research projects commissioned by public authorities, including the Italian Ministry for cultural heritage, various regional administrations, park authorities and Unesco World Heritage Sites. She conducted collaborative research and didactical activities together with TU Delft, The Tokyo University, and is member of the Executive Board of UNISCAPE.

Vanessa Assumma is a postdoctoral researcher in Planning Evaluation and Project Appraisal at DIST – Politecnico di Torino. She holds a master’s degree in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Lanscape Planning and a Ph.D. degree in Urban and Regional Development. She is adjunct professor of the course Tools for Environmental Sustainability Assessment at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). She currently works in the VALIUM research group (Valuation for Integrated Urban Management) and is involved in research activities on the resilience of socio-ecological systems, planning evaluation and strategic assessment. She has also been a visiting researcher at Information Systems, Supply Chain and Decision making Department (SISCAD) of NEOMA Business School, Rouen (France) and at Centre of Mathematics (CMAT) of the University of Minho, Guimarães (Portugal). Her scientific interests are focused on the assessment of complex spatial problems characterised by uncertainty and interdependences, strategic environmental impact assessment procedures and mathematical models in the context of environmental and spatial planning.

Who is who in the team of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria is a public higher education institution, at the service of society, dedicated to the production and diffusion of knowledge, creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science, technology and arts, applied research and experimental development. IPLeiria develops its activities in the aim of education and training, research, provision of services to the community and extending cooperation in educational, cultural and technical areas. Presently, IPLeiria has more than 11.500 students, distributed mainly in post-secondary education, degree and master courses. In the tourism field, the IPLeiria is present in Peniche with the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (ESTM) and the CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation.

João Paulo Jorge leads the team of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. He is a coordinator professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology at the Polytechnic of Leiria, since 1999. He holds the position of a director of the master programme of Sustainable Tourism Management. He is an effective member of the Academic Council of the Polytechnic of Leiria, and a member of the Direction Board of CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. He participated in various educational and research projects, both Portuguese and international. His research interests are focused on coastal planning and marine tourism, strategic management in tourism, coastal destinations competitiveness and beach sustainability management.

Luís Lima Santos has been working in the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology since 2001. Currently he his coordinator of Leiria hub of the CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. His scientific interests are focused on management accounting in the hotel industry, mainly studying the factors that impact the hotel competitiveness. Cooperating with researchers representing other disciplines, he investigates the profitability and attractiveness of tourism businesses. He has regularly been participating in mobilities granted by Erasmus+ Programme.

Verónica Oliveira was graduated in geography and regional planning and received doctoral academic degree in marketing and international commerce. She is an associate professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology at the Polytechnic of Leiria, since 2002. Currently she is coordinating the Events Management undergraduate programme. She is also member of the CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. Her main areas of research are related to marketing, consumer behaviour, eco-certification and sustainability. She is an academic teacher of several courses related to environment, tourism and sustainable development.

Ana Sofia Viana graduated in economics and defended her doctoral dissertation in marketing and international commerce. Since 1999, she is coordinator professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Currently she is a coordinator of the master programme in the Hotel Management. She is a member of the Direction Board of CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. Her mains areas of research are related to economics of tourism, sustainability management, human resource management marketing.

Cátia Malheiros obtained PhD diploma in business sciences. She is an associate professor in Polytechnic of Leiria. Her teaching speciality is in hospitality management, food and beverage management and revenue management. She is also full member of the CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. Her research interests relate to hospitality management, hotel and restaurant management performance evaluation. She is co-author of two books published in Portugal and in Brazil, both about hospitality management accounting.

Fernanda Oliveira is graduated in Spatial and Environmental Planning and obtained her PhD in Tourism from the Faculty of economics, University of Algarve. She is an associate professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology at the Polytechnic of Leiria, since 1999. As an author has participated in several national and international projects, with some international publications in the field of tourism and environmental planning. She is reviewer of some scientific journals and participated in international scientific meetings. She mainly conducts research in the areas of environmental management, tourism planning, environmental economy, social responsibility and sustainability. She is also member of the CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation.

Get to know about Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences operates on six campuses in south-eastern Norway: Blæstad, Elverum, Evenstad, Hamar, Lillehammer and Rena, and have approximately 13,000 students and about 1,000 faculty and staff. The institution offers 35 one-year study programs, 52 bachelor programs, 31 master programs and 4 PhD programs (plus one in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in addition to a number of teacher education and further education programs. The academic offer covers a wide array of subject areas: ecology andagricultural sciences, psychology, sports, law, music, pedagogy, health sciences, social sciences, teacher education, language and literature, biotechnology, film, tv and culture, tourism, animation and game sciences, economics, leadership and innovation. The Inland School of Business and Social Sciences has about 120 faculty members and includes Department of Tourism, Creative Industries and Marketing with about 20 members.

The SPOT project utilizes effects of previous project run in a cooperation between the Norwegian partner and University of Lodz: “SCHEDULE. Significance of competitions in higher education” financed by EEA and Norway Grants under the agreement No FSS/2013/IIC/W/0008/U/0023.

Norwegian team is leaded by Even Tjørve. He is presently a professor at the Inland School of Business and Social Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and adjunct professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has taught tourism since 1995, with focus on sustainability, ecotourism, nature-based tourism, mountain resorts, and winter-sport tourism. His scientific interest includes destination management, resort development, and second-home tourism, as well as other topics as land use, biogeography, biodiversity, and growth modelling. Much of the research has revolved around spatial problems and non-linear models.

Meet the team of the University of Lodz

The University of Lodz is a higher education institution, focusing its actions on intercultural and social integration. The University of Lodz boasts the oldest and most recognized School of Polish for Foreigners. International relations of the University are visible in various areas. Currently, within direct cooperation agreements, the school cooperates with about 260 partner institutions from all over the world. Within the Erasmus+ Programme, the University has so far signed 700 agreements with almost 400 partner institutions. In 2021, the University of Lodz has been recognised the best Polish university educating in the tourism.

Tomasz Napierała is the SPOT Project Manager. Since 2011 he has been working at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies and Geoinformation, and cooperating with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (Portugal). His scientific interests are focused on spatial aspects of competition in the hotel industry, mainly spatial volatility of hotel prices and its impact on hotel competitiveness. Cooperating with researchers representing other disciplines (spatial econometrics and ICT), he investigates the competitiveness and attractiveness of tourism destinations. He has regularly been participating in mobilities granted by Erasmus+ Programme and EEA and Norway grants. Since 2020 Tomasz Napierała has been proudly holding the position of the Secretary General of Polish Geographical Society.

Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała holds the position of SPOT Project Coordinator. She is a geographer with special interest in socio-economic geography. She works at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in the Institute of the Built Environment and Spatial Policy and cooperating with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (Portugal). In her research she is mainly focused on the social aspects of spatial planning and the use of qualitative methods in geographic sciences. She participated in educational and research projects, both Polish and international. She has been regularly participating in mobilities granted by Erasmus+ Programme and EEA and Norway grants. She is Polish representative in the AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning.

Jacek Kaczmarek works at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies and Geoinformation. His scientific interests are focused on human behaviour in urban space, geobiography, urban geography with special regard to the concept of a place, and tourism economy, including creating the image of the city. He participated in an academic internships in Tbilisi and Manchester.

Sylwia Kaczmarek is an associate professor at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies and Geoinformation. Her scientific interests are focused on problems of spatial, functional and social transformations of the cities, with special regard to the revitalization of degraded urban areas, living conditions and tourism in urban areas. She cooperates with research centres in Great Britain and France. She also participated in the implementation of international research projects.

Marta Nalej works at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, at the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies and Geoinformation. She is geographer and engineer in the field of geodesy and cartography with the speciality of Spatial Information Systems. In her research she is mainly focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data and spatial analysis especially on issues related to Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) and land cover studies. She also applies GIS and spatial analysis methods in tourism research.

Iwona Pielesiak works at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in the Institute of the Built Environment and Spatial Policy. Her scientific interests are mainly focused on urban geography, spatial policy, urban resilience and metropolization of space. She is also interested in spatial connections, transport, and cooperation of local government units.

For several years Bogdan Włodarczyk is employed as an associated professor and the director of the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies and Geoinformation. Since 2016 he holds a position of a Dean of the Faculty of Geographical Sciences. His research interests are focused on tourism geography and tourism destination management, theory and use of tourism space, tourism flows and tourism product. He holds the chairman position of Tourism Geography Commission of Polish Geography Society.

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