Special Issue "Spatial Analysis and Spatial Planning for Sustainability in Tourist Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonio Paolo Russo
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography/Faculty of Tourism and Geography, University Rovira i Virgili, C. J. Martorell 15, 43480 Vila-seca, Spain
Interests: tourism studies, urban geography, planning, cultural studies
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Loris Servillo
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Co-Guest Editor
1. Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy;
2. Marie Curie Fellow, Bartlett School of Planning, the University College of London, London, UK
Interests: spatial planning, multi level governance, strategic planning, local development, EU policy, institutionalism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, the pressure of tourism on urban environments has become an issue a growing number of cities are faced with. The academy has long engaged with the stress produced by tourism on cultural and environmental assets and the externalities imposed on local communities, and indeed this concern has guided the development of the discipline of tourism studies for forty years, establishing a new field of academic interest in critical social sciences. However, in the matter of a few years, the steady growth of international markets, coupled with the emergence of new trends and travel cultures triggered by the diffusion of digital technologies as a facilitator of “mobile lives”, has produced a whole new scenario. It is the age of “overtourism”, and it is probably here to stay.

The public opinion at large, and in particular the middle classes that historically have been prone to second the tourist development of their cities, have started to notice the direst effects of an increasing penetration of tourism mobilities in their everyday lives, and this is happening across most places that are hubs of multiple mobility flows rather than in the odd “superstar destination”. City centers around the world are rapidly reorienting to the practices and performances of a mobile leisure class whose negotiation power for commons like public space, housing, services, and even representations is largely superior to that of incumbent resident populations, with a notable impact in terms of population change, diversity, cohesion, and economic vitality.

Solutions in the policy field generally fall short of coping with the liquid, nested nature of tourism within the thick fabric of mobilities that dynamize urban environments, and are faced with multi-scale agencies that undermine efforts to defend the “right to the city”.

This Special Issue of Sustainability offers an academic exploration of new planning concepts, experiences, and technologies that could tackle this unprecedented situation, as well as entrenchments, lock-ins, and multi-scalar conflicts that could hamper their effectiveness. It aims to draw together a collection of high-quality papers, discussing how cities are engaging with overtourism and whether there is life after the tourismification of cities. We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Tourism as a “growth machine” and urban planning responses in the age of overtourism;
  • Methodological aspects of planning assessment vis-à-vis tourism-induced place transformations;
  • Innovative analytics of the contested tourist city;
  • Forms of coping with the increasing penetration of tourism in the everyday and their “scaling up” to the planning field;
  • New structures of governance in the over-touristed city;
  • Contested urban commons and the role of institutions;
  • The agency of new digital platforms and technologies in the transformation of the physical landscape of cities;
  • Catering for the mobile cosmopolitan class: policy transitions and the role of planning;
  • (Un)planning the tourist city for more resilient social ecologies;
  • Urban design in the age of overtourism: accommodating multiple identities;
  • Mobility planning: between augmenting connectedness and defending citizens’ opportunities;
  • Planning for redistributive mechanisms in the over-touristed city;
  • “Smart solutions” to overtourism in planning;
  • The role of organized citizenship vs. the rise of “citizenless” cities;
  • Conflicts of scale and agency for tourism-resilient planning.

Dr. Antonio Paolo Russo
Assco.Prof. Dr. Loris Servillo
Guest Editors

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  • urban tourism
  • mobilities
  • planning
  • governance
  • cosmopolitanism
  • right to the city
  • multi-scalar governance
  • urban design
  • analytic methods
  • commons
  • contestation

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The Effect of Introducing Parking Policies on Managing Mobility to Beaches in Touristic Coastal Towns
Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3528; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133528 - 27 Jun 2019
This article presents a behavioural analysis of tourists visiting a leisure area in the north of Spain to evaluate their reaction when faced with a series of tariffs and alternative transport modes to estimate potential income for reinvestment in sustainable mobility policies. The [...] Read more.
This article presents a behavioural analysis of tourists visiting a leisure area in the north of Spain to evaluate their reaction when faced with a series of tariffs and alternative transport modes to estimate potential income for reinvestment in sustainable mobility policies. The active involvement of the different groups affected by the changes has led to a series of policies able to generate income for financing a new urban transport service, park and ride installations and their associated vehicles. These changes resulted in a noteworthy improvement in the quality of life of the local residents and an improved, less intense tourist experience. Full article
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