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Dr Raoul Valerio Bianchi

Reader in International Tourism and Development

Dr Raoul Bianchi gained a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey before being awarded a Doctorate in the social anthropology of tourism development at University of North London in 2000. 

    He worked as a Lecturer in Tourism at the University of Derby from 1995 to 1998 before returning to University of North London (subsequently London Metropolitan University) to take up a position as Research Fellow and then Senior Research Fellow in Culture, Tourism and Development.  During his time he developed and carried out a range of funded research projects into tourism development, sustainable tourism planning, World Heritage and the cultural politics of heritage, principally in the Canary Islands. He has also worked on EU-funded programmes including EU-TEMPUS and was part of the coordinating team for the Euromed Heritage II project, Mediterranean Voices (, which explores urban intangible heritage in 13 Mediterranean cities. He is currently writing a book on tourism, citizenship and politics, which will be published in 2013.

    Conference Chair and Organiser of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS): Re-creating the Global City: Tourism, Leisure and Mega-Events in the Transformation of 21st Century Cities, University of East London, 12-14th September 2012.

    Regular peer review work undertaken for various academic journals, including, Annuals of Tourism Research, Current Issues in Tourism, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Geographies and Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development.

    Editorial board memberships:

    PASOS, Revista de Turismo y Patrimonio Cultural/Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage ( (current)

    Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change ( (2003-2011)

    Methodological Innovations (2006-2010)

    Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS)

    Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE)

    Member of Research Committee 50 on International Tourism, International Sociological Association (Madrid)

    External examiner at St Mary’s University College, London


    (2014) Tourism and Citizenship: Rights Freedoms and Responsibilities in the Global Order. London: Routledge (co-authored with M. L. Stephenson)

    (with M. L. Stephenson) (2013) 'Deciphering tourism and citizenship in a globalized world', Tourism Management, Vol. 39, December, pp. 10-20

    (Forthcoming, 2013) Towards a Political Economy of Global Tourism Revisited.  In R. Sharpley and D. Telfer (Eds.) Tourism and Development.

    (2012) A Radical Departure: A critique of the critical turn in tourism studies. In J. Wilson (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Tourism Geographies: New Perspectives on Space, Place and Tourism. London: Routledge (pp. 46-54)

    (2011) Tourism and Marxist political economy. In J. Mosedale (Ed) Political Economy of Tourism: A Critical Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. (pp. 17-38)

    (2009) The ‘Critical Turn’ in Tourism Studies: a Radical Critique. Tourism Geographies. 11(4): 484-504

    (2006) Tourism and the Globalisation of Fear: analysing the politics of risk and (in)security in global travel. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, 7(1): 64-74

    (2006) Patrimonio inmaterial y urbanismo cosmopolita en el Mediterraneo: una visión crítica desde el proyecto “Mediterranean Voices”, In PH Cuadernos: Patromonio inmaterial y gestión de la diversidad. Seville: Junta de Andalucia, Consejería de la Cultura, Instituto Andaluz de Patrimonio Historico. Pp. 84-97  (Cited in ICOMOS bibliography on Intangible Heritage, April 2007, pp44 & 56)

    (2005) Euromed Heritage: Culture, Capital and Trade Liberalisation - implications for the Mediterranean city. Journal of Mediterranean Studies. 15(2): 283-318

    (2004) Tourism Restructuring and the Politics of Sustainability: A Critical View from the European Periphery. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.12(6): 495-529

    (2004) Between the Land and the Sea: Exploring the Social Organisation of Tourism Development in a Gran Canaria Fishing Village. In J. Boissevain  and T. Selwyn (Eds) Contesting the Foreshore: Tourism, Society and Politics on the Coast.  Amsterdam University Press:  Mares  (co-authored with Agustín Santana Talavera, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife. Pp 83-108

    (2002) Towards a New Political Economy of Global Tourism.  In Sharpley, R. & D. Telfer (Eds.) Tourism & Development: Concepts and Issues. Clevedon: Channel View Publications. Pp. 265-299

    (2002) The Contested Landscapes of World Heritage on a Tourist Island: The Case of Garajonay National Park, La Gomera, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 8(2): 81-97

    (2000) Migrant Tourist-Workers: Exploring the Contact-Zones of Post-Industrial Tourism.  Current Issues in Tourism, 3(2): 107-137


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    Globalisation and the international political economy of tourism; tourism entrepreneurship, work and labour relations; sustainable tourism development and planning; tourism, politics and international relations; the interplay of tourism, culture and heritage.  My interests are worldwide, with particular emphasis on Spain and the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean & Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.



    •     Understanding International Tourism
    •     Sustainable Tourism
    •     International Tourism Development and Planning