Touristification, processes, dynamics – The case of Lisbon, Portugal

Start and End of the Project
May 2017 to December 2021

Principal Investigator
Professor Filipa Fernandes


Research Team

Researcher Institucional Affiliation
 Filipa Fernandes


Partnerships and Consultants

Consultant Institucional Affiliation
 Agustín Santana Talavera Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales - Universidad de La Laguna
 Filipa Brandão Unidade de Investigação em Governança, Competitividade e Políticas Públicas - Universidade de Aveiro e Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo - Instituto Politécnico do Porto



Tourism in Lisbon is on the rise. The media, tour operators, hoteliers and the actors responsible for the sector are unanimous in attesting to the popularity of the city, observed by the increase in the number of tourists in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. The growing popularity of the Portuguese capital earned him a number of awards from the World Travel Awards. The proliferation of short-breaks and the increase in the number of low-cost flights at Lisbon Airport have been pointed out as factors for the increase of tourism in the Portuguese capital. The Tourism Observatory of Lisbon says that tourism in 2017 is on the rise, surpassing values registered in 2016.

This project aims to analyze the processes of transformation of places in tourist territories, mainly the city of Lisbon. With the increasing abundance of tourist territories, it is essential to analyze the processes, dynamics and actors involved in tourism processes, since tourism in dialogue with the territories generates several transformations (social, cultural, economic, political and environmental) and new objects (infrastructures, accommodations, leisure / recreation spaces, etc.).



  1. Identify the actors and analyze the processes and dynamics of tourism
  2. Analyze critically the tourist practices in the city of Lisbon
  3. Understand the forms of interaction between hosts and guests and the new hospitality
  4. Identify and examine the forms of hospitality and shared economies
  5. Examine which global discourses are produced locally;