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Friday 31 March 2023
15.00 – 16.30 CET

Launching the SIG on Circular Economy and Circularity in the Space of Tourism and Hospitality



We are pleased to invite you to the webinar launching the novel ATLAS Special Interest Group (SIG) on Circular Economy and Circularity in the Space of Tourism and Hospitality that will have a Special Track in the upcoming ATLAS Annual Conference 2023 ‘Quality of Life: Health, Tourism and Climate’.

The webinar will take place on Friday 31 March 2023 at 15:00 CET via ZOOM and a YouTube livestream.

Participation is free for ATLAS members and non-members. Registration for the webinar is required. You can fill in this form.

We will present the SIG, its aim and objectives, the network of academics and practitioners supporting it, as well as opening the discussion on the expectations and interests with regards to this SIG.

The idea of ‘circularity’ is an ancient archetype that human beings have used through the centuries to make sense of life on Earth, of the biological processes of ecosystems, and of the cyclic nature of materials. Hence, the idea of an economy that can become ‘circular’ is grounded into an ancient understanding of the cyclic patterns of continuous regenerative processes where ‘circularity’ appears as a principle of order and continuity. Nevertheless, the Circular Economy has been so far investigated predominantly with regards to products and framed in terms of eco-effectiveness and eco-efficiency, with benefits at both environmental and economic levels. The implications of the Circular Economy for the space of tourism and hospitality have remained largely unexplored and under theorised, especially with regards to its social implications in a complex service-oriented sector like the one of tourism and hospitality.

Therefore, this SIG will explore and critically discuss Circular Economy via a multidisciplinary approach and different theoretical lenses with the scope of both challenging the neo-liberal paradigm and exploring potentialities and constraints of a circular, regenerative economy grounded in society and its human and non-human inhabitants. 

Link to the SIG Circular Economy website
Link to the Special Track in October during the ATLAS annual conference





Ioanna Farsari

Ioanna Farsari is Associate Professor at Dalarna University, Sweden. In her research she undertakes a complex adaptive systems perspective in destination governance, development, and collaboration for sustainable tourism. She is also interested in education for sustainability, climate change and tourism, and sustainability transformations research. She has long experience on sustainable development projects, and she is coordinating the Climate Change and Tourism Research Special Interest Group of ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research).


Matthias Fuchs

Matthias Fuchs is Full Professor of Tourism Studies at Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden. His research interests include artificial intelligence applications in tourism, socio-economic impact analysis, post-mechanist economic theories and transformative tourism epistemologies. Matthias is an associate editor of the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism. He also serves the editorial board of the Journal of Travel Research, the Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management, and Tourism Analysis. Matthias was a board member of the International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT). Matthias holds a PhD in Business Administration from Innsbruck University, Austria.


Rodolfo Baggio

Rodolfo Baggio holds a Master degree in Physics and a PhD in Tourism Management. After having worked for leading information technology corporations for over 20 years, he joined Bocconi University where he is in charge of the Digital Strategies area at the Master in Economics and Tourism and is Research Fellow at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. Rodolfo has been involved in several international research projects and actively researches and publishes on the use of information technologies in tourism and on the applications of quantitative complex network analysis methods to the study of tourism destinations.


Flemming Sørensen

Flemming Sørensen is Professor at Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark. His research focuses mainly on tourism innovation processes. Themes investigated include innovation in relation to sustainability, circular economy, and tourist experiences in addition to tourist practices, tourism employee practices, employee-tourist encounters, tourism entrepreneurship, value creation in tourism, destination development and networks in tourism. The research is based largely on a pragmatic approach and rely on collaborative and development-oriented methods carried out in cooperation with companies and organisations such as real-life experiments, but also include Delphi studies, observation studies, case studies and more.


 Moderator: Lucia Tomassini

Lucia Tomassini is a Research Lecturer in Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and at the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslan, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. At NHL Stenden, she is responsible fror the project and research line of Circular Economy in Hospitality and Tourism. Her academic research embraces studies on the relationship between the tourism and development agenda, urban planning, social-geography, sustainability and circular economy, animal-based tourism, wildlife tourism, and posthuman approaches in tourism studies.


Moderator: Elena Cavagnaro

Elena Cavagnaro holds a MA from the University of Rome and a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Since 2004 she is professor at NHL Stenden (The Netherlands), first of service studies and then of sustainability in hospitality and tourism. She is associate professor at the University of Groningen and visiting professor at the Universities of Derby and of Sunderland (UK) and Bergamo (Italy). Following her understanding of sustainability as a multi-dimensional and multi-layered concept, her research focuses on issues that run across and connect the social, organizational and individual layer of sustainability.


Moderator: Tara Duncan

Tara Duncan is a Senior Lecturer at Dalarna University in Sweden. Her research interests revolve around mobility, tourism and everyday life. Tara is also the chair of ATLAS.





Tara Duncan, Dalarna University - ATLAS Coordinator

Presenting the SIG, its aim, and objectives

Lucia Tomassini and Elena Cavagnaro, NHL Stenden University - SIG Coordinators

Round table on Circular Economy in the Space of Tourism and Hospitality
Rodolfo Baggio, University Bocconi
Ioanna Farsari, Dalarna University
Matthias Fuchs, Mid-Sweden University
Flemming Sørensen, Roskilde University
Moderator: Lucia Tomassini






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