ERSA Covid Battle Series
Second round:Özge Öner vs João Romão
29 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (CET), Zoom

The Second battle will feature ” The impact of COVID 19 on tourism and mobility


Özge Öner, Associate Professor, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviving tourism in the post-COVID world

Tourism is one of the industries that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the severe effects of the pandemic on tourism are felt everywhere across the world, particularly in developing countries that are heavily dependent on tourism and related sectors in their economies. As we are easing into a recovery period, various road maps are now emerging to “build tourism back better”. While some argue for degrowth altogether, others advocate sustainable growth strategies as the sector remains vital for the overall economic development of many regions and countries. In this talk, I will juxtapose different -competing and complementing- action plans and recovery strategies for tourism through the lens of regional science.

Short bio
Özge Öner is an Associate Professor in Spatial Economics and Real Estate at the Land Economy Department of University of Cambridge. Öner is also a Fellow in Economics at Sidney Sussex at University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm. She earned her PhD in Economics with a focus on Urban and Regional Economics in Jönköping in 2014 and she is the 2019 recipient of the Young Researcher Award in Sweden. She writes monthly columns at the newspaper Swedish Daily (Svenska Dagbladet).


João Romão, Associate Professor, Yasuda Women’s University, Japan
Covid-19 meets climate change: from over-tourism to no-tourism and back

Abstract: Amidst global recommendations for reducing CO2 emissions, international tourism – and related high consumption of fossil fuels, energy, water and other resources – was continuously registering new records every year. Overtourism would become a common and fancy word, while setting a new research agenda in tourism studies and other social sciences. Covid-19 would impose sudden transformations, with severe restrictions to mobility imposing a new no-tourism world – and also a new research agenda, including the study of the relevant impacts of tourism on covid-19. The economic recession and increasing social inequalities observed during the pandemic will certainly change both demand and supply of tourism services, but the claims for a “degrowth” of tourism that takes into account the urgency of climate action were quickly replaced by the claims for the resurgence of mass tourism to boost global and local economies.

Short bio
João Romão is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Tourism and Business of Yasuda Women’s University. He is an economist with a PhD. in tourism (University of Algarve, Portugal, 2012) and he has experience in consultancy, research and teaching on related fields in Portugal, The Netherlands and Japan. With more than 50 publications, his research interests cover aspects of sustainable development, innovation, transportation and territorial governance. João is a co-chair of the cluster on Leisure, Tourism and Recreation of NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research).

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