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Saida Palou Rubio

Holder of a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (2011) with the thesis Barcelona, destino turístico. Promoción pública, turismos, imágenes y ciudad (1888-2010), supervised by Llorenç Prats. The thesis received the Agustí Duran i Sanpere History of Barcelona Award from Barcelona City Council (2011). Since 2010, I have worked as adjunct professor at the University of Girona, teaching for the bachelor’s degrees in Tourism and History and the official master’s degrees in Cultural Tourism, Tourism Management and Planning, and Cultural and Natural Heritage. Since 2018, I have been employed as a full-time contract researcher by the Catalan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, which is a centre affiliated with the University of Girona. My main line of research is the political and social history of tourism in Catalonia, specialising in the study of 20thcentury tourism institutions and policies, image analysis and public discourses on tourism in the city of Barcelona. I also research on the uses of cultural heritage in tourism contexts, both historically and present-day. I have been a member of research teams for three R&D projects funded by the Spanish government. I have taken part as research team member and principal investigator in knowledge transfer projects contracted by public administrations and institutions related with tourism promotion, planning and study. I have also taken part in research and cooperation projects in Western Sahara refugee camps, specifically involved in the construction of museums and culture and historic memory centres for the Saharawi people. 

 

I have published in international and national journals, books and book chapters specialised in these fields and research lines. In particular, I was scientific coordinator for the seminars and publication of the book Destinació BCN. Història del turisme a la Ciutat (Efadós, 2016), and coordinator of the issues ‘Tourism and the Place of Memory’ (International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2016), ‘Diàlegs d’Antropologia i Turisme. Etnografies i debats contemporanis’ (Anthropology and Tourism Dialogues. Ethnographies and contemporary debates) (Quaderns de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia, 2016) and ‘El patrimoni cultural en contextos turístics’ (Cultural heritage in tourism contexts) (Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya, 2019). I have taken part in congresses, workshops and seminars, in scientific committees and in organising events. I am a member of editorial boards for national and international journals and member of the management board of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology. I have also been guest lecturer in courses and seminars organised in different universities and institutions.

 

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