TSL – Tourism Sustainability Line

The objective of this line is to promote the research conducted in the Tourism and Environmental Sustainability Lines. Both at the UIB and the UdG the excellence in this line is shown by the fact there are 23 research groups of excellence1 and 5 university institutes, one joint with the CSIC and another with the INIA, which work on related topics. At the UIB the most significant are the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and the Economic Research Centre (CRE), to which we can add the recently created Agro-Environmental and Water Economy Research Institute (INAGEA), a joint institute participated by the Spanish Agrarian and Food Research and Technology Institute (INIA), the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands and the UIB. At the UdG the following university institutes stand out: The Higher Institute of Tourism Studies (INSETUR) and the Catalan Institute for Research into Cultural Heritage (ICRPC), the latter included in the Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA) network, and in which the UdG takes part.

Below, we indicate the main key internal resources of the e-MTA Campus showing the strength of the Tourism Sustainability Line. Section 2.5 (Planned Associations) includes a list of the players reinforcing these strengths and completing the key resources related to knowledge transfer.


  • Leadership and coordination of the only Erasmus Mundus master’s degree in the field of tourism: The “European Master in Tourism Management”.
  • The Degree in Tourism is offered in 9 different centres throughout the whole Campus (The Faculties of Tourism at the UdG and UIB, as well as 7 other affiliated centres in Girona, Ibiza and Barcelona).
  • Vocational Training: the national centre of reference for Vocational Training in Tourism.
  • Degree in Tourism: TedQual certification by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
  • The training capacity of PhDs within this scope, with 37 PhD theses on tourism in recent years at the UIB and UdG.


  • The scientific excellence and ability to attract international talent of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA). Its main research lines are: Ecology, Evolution and Systematics in Insular Environments; Structure, Dynamics and Functioning of Marine Systems; Physics and Technology of the Coastal Ocean System: Observation, Forecasting and Interactions; Global Change Research.
  • The IMEDEA has prestigious researchers:
    • Carlos Duarte, Coordinator of the Malaspina Expedition (2010-2011), National Alejandro Malaspina Research Prize for Science and Technology of Natural Resources, Jaume I Environmental Protection Prize.
    • Joaquín Tintoré (current director of the SOCIB), National Alejandro Malaspina Research Prize for Science and Technology of Natural Resources.

  • The CRE’s capacity for economic analysis and assessment of the impact of tourism. It is a UIB research institute, sponsored by the Sa Nostra Balearic Savings Bank and it issues the Balearic Islands’ annual economic and social report and a newsletter on its economic situation every four months.
  • The participation of Joan Nogué, awarded the Rey Jaume I prize for urban planning and landscapes, member of the Institute of Environment Research of the UdG and director of the Catalan Landscape Observatory, with headquarters in Olot (Girona).
  • Participation in 3 current CONSOLIDER Projects.


  • The Geographic Information and Remote Detection Systems Service (SIGTE-UdG), specialised in geographic information processing and in the use and application of Geo-TIC.
  • The existence of the following sponsored professorships related to tourism sustainability: Sol-Meliá Professorship on Tourism Studies, Telefónica Professorship on Digital Health and Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO Professorship on Sustainable Human Development, UNESCO Professorship on Cultural Policies and Cooperation, Professorship on Geography and Territorial Thought, and Professorship on Contemporary Art and Culture.

Indicators of the Tourism Sustainability Line (LST)

1 Competitive according to the label given by the Balearic Government and consolidated – regarding research  - or TECNIO – regarding knowledge transfer – according to the Regional Government of Catalonia

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