M. Eugenia Altamirano

PhD candidate of the Tourism & Leisure program.
Member of the Research Group on Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (GRATET).

Department of Geography, Faculty of Tourism & Geography, Rovira i Virgili University.

ORCID: 0000-0003-3103-5399
Academia profile: urv.academia.edu/MEugeniaAltamirano 

Eugenia Altamirano has a bachelor in Tourism (2013, UCAECE Mar del Plata-Argentina) and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning (2017, OSTELEA Barcelona). She is currently a PhD candidate on the «Travel and Leisure»  program at URV and researcher funded by an AGAUR scholarship from the Generalitat de Catalunya. 

She has several years of experience in the tourist service industry, having worked in top-ranked hotels, tour operators and restaurants around the world. Eugenia had recently turned the private sector to join the academia carrying out her research on slum tourism practices and performances in favelas in Rio de Janeiro. She has a particular interest in the role of urban tourism and its capacity to resignify cultural identities and reconfigure the urban landscape.

Selected recent publications

  • Altamirano, E., Orellana, S., & Candido, T. (2017). Touring Slum in Rio de Janeiro favelas: Challenges and Controversies. In ATLAS Annual Conference 2017 Destinations past, present and future Book of extended abstracts (pp. 28–31). Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Selected recent conferences, keynotes, invited lectures and presentations

  • Touring slum in Rio de Janeiro favelas: challenges and controversies. ATLAS SIG Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism meeting Mobilities and body at play. Tarragona, Spain. Octubre 17-18, 2017.

  • Touring slum in Rio de Janeiro favelas: challenges and controversies. ATLAS Annual Conference 2017 Destinations past, present and future. Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Septiembre 12-15, 2017.
  • Placing favelas on the tourist city map: between commodification and representation. At A Economía Política do Turismo, Seminario Internacional, 2019. USP – FFLCH, Departamento de Geografía. São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Placing favelas on the tourist city map. At Planning for Transition, AESOP Annual Conference, 2019. Venice, Italy.

  • Overcoming Urban Frontiers: the case of tourist favela Santa Marta. At Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference, Royal Anthropological Institute and Royal Geographical Society, 2020. Online international conference.