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International Conference Theme: Smart Tourism, Smart Cities, Smart Living

September 4, 2017 - September 6, 2017

Smart Tourism, Smart Cities, Smart Living announced as a Theme of the The Visitors’ Economy: Strategies and Innovations Conference Bournemouth University, UK. 4-6 September 2017.

Track Chairs: Igor Calzada, Oxford University and Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University

Smart tourism emerges as a concept that enables destinations to build their competitiveness based on the interoperability of systems and co-creation of tourism products between all stakeholders. This is based on emergent smart cities and smart living developments and take city principles to urban or rural areas and not only consider residents but also tourists in their efforts to support mobility, resource availability and allocation, sustainability and quality of life/visits.
The Smart City idea and application from the Critical Social Innovation perspective means that a new paradigm is required when bottom-up interventions are the key governance challenge in the postgrowth era. A requirement that are already taking place due to the effect of some disruptive private initiatives such as Uber and AirBnB, among others, that are altering the traditional dynamic between the locals/residents and the trans-locals/tourists in a new way of combining the practice of travelling, the changing nature of the mobile way of living and the new understanding of the place itself.

Smart Cities and Smart Living can bring together the need to use technology innovations to develop regional competitiveness of territories towards Social Innovation & Governance and create value to all stakeholders. Social, technological, economic, democratic and politically innovative processes in cities and regions introduce a wide range of innovative methods and solutions that improve the value cocreation for all stakeholders.

The theme is inclusive to a range of Smart Cities, Smart Living and Smart Tourism approaches including the following topics:

  • Smart region technologies and Open Innovation
  • Internet of Everything, Bid Data, Analytics
  • Digital and Smart Living
  • Smart Territories – Comparative City-coastal/mountain Regions
  • Smart Transformations: Innovation, Transition, Governance, Resilience,Change
  • Smart Cities and smart tourism
  • Digital Social Innovation
  • Social Capital & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Smart region and smart tourism Strategy & Governance
  • Smart Tourism, Smart Travel, Smart hospitality
  • Smart Local Governance, Citizen Participation & Communitarian Development
  • Smart and Future everything
Papers are invited on these topics as well as papers using other economic methodologies to analyse the visitor economy or issues relating to it.
Deadline for abstract submission:                      26 May 2017
Confirmation of acceptance:                                 30 June 2017
Last date for early bird registration:                    14 July 2017
Deadline for registration:                                       18 Aug 2017
Please submit email abstracts to: 
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Conference fees and registration

Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017

Early Bird: £345
Full Delegate: £475
Student Early Bird: £190
Student: £240

Deadline to register: 27 August 2017

Further information and Registeration:
Keynote: Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, Oxford University – Tourism in Smart Cities? Effects from the Urban Transformations perspective
Dr. Igor Calzada, MBA is Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford University, Urban Transformations ESRC Programme at COMPAS. In addition to this, he holds a Lecturer position at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. In 2016, he was awarded Visiting Fellow position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where is organising a Workshop Series 2016-2017 entitled ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’ in a wide range of topics such as data, governance, social innovation, migration, economic development, among others. Outside academia, in the private sector, he worked for more than a decade at the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation Group based in the Basque Country (Spain). In the public sector, he was Director at the Basque Regional Government.He is working on the crossroads between: Territory + Strategy + Social Innovation. Current Research Interests include City-Regions, Governance, Urban Change, PostGrowth Transition, Social Innovation, Participation, Smart Cities & Sovereignty. His main research focuses on comparing social, technological, economic, democratic and politically innovative processes in cities and regions by paying special attention to cases and issues of regional and metropolitan devolution. In particular, he is focused on investigating European City-Region and Smart City benchmarking case studies through the application of qualitative and action research methods. More information:
Related publications:
  • Calzada, I. (2016), (Un)Plugging Smart Cities with Urban Transformations: Towards Multistakeholder City-Regional Complex Urbanity?, URBS, Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales Journal. 6(2). 25-45. < Accessed on 10th November 2016 >
  • Calzada, I. & Cobo, C. (2015), Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City, Journal of Urban Technology. DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2014.971535.
  • Satyam, A. & Calzada, I. (2016), The Smart City Transformations: The Revolution of the 21st Century. Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing. [In Print]


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