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17 October, 2017
15.00 – 16.15 (Spanish time)



Tourism in the Shadow of Neoliberalism: Tracing (IM)Mobilities and Alienation in the Contemporary Metropolis


Dimitri Ioannides, PhD
Professor of Human Geography & Director of the European Tourism Research Institute
Mid-Sweden University
Östersund, Sweden


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We are very happy that the SIG ‘Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism’ is organising a WEBINAR at October 17, 2017 at 15.00-16.15 CET (Central European Time = Spanish time). The speech will be 45 minutes and there will be 30 minutes for Q&A. The webinar is hosted by the University Rovira i Virgili, Vila-seca, Tarragona (Spain).

The presentation will be given by Dimitri Ioannides on the theme Tourism in the Shadow of Neoliberalism: Tracing (IM)Mobilities and Alienation in the Contemporary Metropolis.

Participation is free. But since there are a limited number of people who can join this webinar we will give priority to people working at ATLAS member institutions. Therefor please indicate your institution on the application form.



Keynote speaker

Dimitri Ioannides, PhD
Professor of Human Geography & Director of the European Tourism Research Institute
Mid-Sweden University
Östersund, Sweden

Tourism in the Shadow of Neoliberalism: Tracing (IM)Mobilities and Alienation in the Contemporary Metropolis

In Rebel Cities, David Harvey (2013: 3) suggests “we live in a world . . . where the rights of private property and the profit rate trump all other notions of rights one can think of.” He contends that neoliberalism both as a “market logic” and also as “modes of legality” dominates as a force shaping contemporary metropolitan regions albeit one that is highly contingent on local historical and geopolitical idiosyncrasies (Ioannides and Petridou 2016). Despite such place-bound peculiarities, however, it is obvious that cities of today are increasingly shaped by capital’s need to constantly find new channels to reinvent itself and, as such, strategies aimed at enticing visitor spending have become de rigueur in numerous places. Thus, we increasingly witness highly regulated and sanitized downtown “public spaces” where the out-of-the-ordinary (e.g., the homeless and the refugee migrant from the global south) have no place. Neighborhoods of all types (precincts with a wealth of architectural heritage but also once-mundane working class residential areas) are rapidly transformed into entertainment zones offering a plethora of cafes, absinthe bars, boutique stores, or vegan restaurants catering to members of a discerning clientele who are on a constant lookout for novel and ever-more exciting experiences. Further, even the city’s so-called interstitial spaces (zones that attract fringe activities such as unendorsed street art) emerge as locations for sightseers.

The touristification of large swathes of cities has met heavy criticism both by practitioners, the media, but also academics. Several observers lament the almost complete take-over of cities or parts thereof (e.g., Venice or Barcelona) by visitor-oriented activities. In many instances, the situation has become so bad that local residents are being forced away. Circumstances have become even worse through the advent of companies like Airbnb that form part of the so-called “sharing”, “collaborative”, or “gig” economy, which has been enabled through rapid innovations in the high-tech sector. Such companies have enabled homeowners and others who control properties to easily convert entire residential zones into short-term visitor accommodation areas. Meantime, the middle and lower classes find it increasingly hard to access affordable housing, rendering the aim of enhancing sustainability primarily from an equity/social justice point of view unattainable.

In this talk, I cast a critical eye on processes such as these that have major implications for cities worldwide. I pose the following questions: (a) to what extent does the touristification of certain areas enhance or constrain the mobility of various stakeholders (e.g., residents, workers, tourists, businesses) in the contemporary metropolis; (b) how, in turn, does this phenomenon lead to the growing alienation of certain members of society and what, if any, mechanisms can be put in place to curtail such a problem; (c) what are some broad implications of developments such as the sharing economy for the pursuit of justice in the city, a concept which Fainstein (2010) bases on the elements of democracy, diversity, and equity?

Keywords: Neo-liberal Cities; Tourism; Social Justice; Sustainability; (Im)mobility



How does it work

How to use the ADOBE CONNECT videoconferencing system

We use Adobe Connect for broadcasting the ATLAS Webminar. You need to install the latest version of Adobe Connect 9 Meeting Add-in. You can download and install it for either
Windows - or
Mac -

You’ll also be promoted to install the latest version of Flash – do it without problems.

You’ll need a working PC with good internet connection (possibly cable), a video-camera and a microphone.

If you don’t have a video-camera and a mic, no problem – you will still be able to see and hear.
Once everything is installed properly, click on the link that will be sent to you by e-mail (see last paragraph).

You’ll be prompted to a page that shows something like this: the screen is divided into 5 pods (which can also be adjusted or set with the patterns shown on the right side column).

Test your settings and that everything works, in Meeting / Audio Setup Wizard – on the top of the screen - before the start of the session; follow instructions.

You will see and hear the speaker talking on the top right pod, see what he’s presenting on the left pod (e.g. a PowerPoint, a video, a white board with graffiti, etc.). On the centre right pod there’s a list of the people attending (‘Participants’).

When you’re a Participant, you can hear and see but we won’t see or hear you.

You can still interact with the speaker, by clicking on the ‘raised hand’ icon on the top of the screen and then one of the options (ask word, agree, disagree, ask to speak louder, etc.); your feedback will be taken note of and you will be given the word if so required. That’s when you need to have at least a working MC.

In any case, for the sake of connection quality, it is better that you do your questions and comments using the Chat utility. You can chat with the speaker (and other participants) ‘live’ in the bottom-right pod.

The moderator of the debate will check the questions in the chat or the ‘raised hands’, and ask the speaker to reply.

All the VC sessions will be recorded and stored in the Videoconference Room, so you can see them again later or – if you can’t follow the sessions live – access them later and see whatever went on during the meeting: my video, the lecture materials I’ve shown, the interactions with participants, etc.  I’ll send a link and a password to access the recordings.

Please confirm your intention to participate by filling in this form.

We need to have your name, affiliation and e-mail address at least 3 working days before the meeting (thus, Thursday 12 at the latest) in order to send you the link to the VC room. Then you’ll have a couple of days to install Adobe Connect and see that everything works.





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