The Research Group on Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (GRATET) is part of the Department of Geography of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Our research activity focuses on some of the main topics of interest in Geography and Social Sciences, using tourism activity, mobilities and functionally complex spaces as benchmark areas.
we focus our research on studying the relations between the dynamics of global changes and local responses, their effects on the re-structuring of space and the impact of public policies, planning and governance on the reorganisation of the area. We apply both quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques. In our research, new technologies and specific analysis tools such as GIS are fundamental.
The main lines of research of the GRATET members/researchers are:
- The evolution of tourism destinations, in terms of adaptability and resilience to the different dynamics and processes they are affected by;
- Local development, planning and sustainability of emerging tourism dynamics;
- Urban tourism, the transformation of urban areas and its effects on the dynamics of their inhabitants;
- The impacts of mobilities (mainly related but not limited to tourism) on social dynamics, governance and territorial competition;
- The response policies to global changes resulting from the climate emergency and energy transition;
- The image, use, social perception, risk and health in functionally complex spaces.
In the context of Research Groups of Catalonia, the GRATET is regarded as a Consolidated Research Group by the General Directorate of Research of the Catalan Government, with the code 2021-SGR00657.