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Environmental management - Society and Territories

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L'unité de recherche Gestion de l'Environnement, Société et Territoires de la Faculté des sciences

Brussels Centre for Tourism Studies

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LIToTeS is integrated in the 'Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire (IGEAT) of the Faculty of Science'. Through an multidisciplinary and systematic approach the research department analyses interactions that occur between tourist activities and territories. The research works of LIToTeS concentrate on three main lines: 1. The production of tourism territories 2. The development of tourism resources and heritage  3. Stakeholders and tourism planning as well as management processes


Preservation of Historic city centres and mass tourism

historic city preservation and tourism issues

The relation between heritage attractions and tourism

The research wishes to conceal heritage and tourism administration in order to protect and valorise heritage sites in a more appropriate way. The research argues that arbitrary managed sites are in danger and that the visitor number shouldn't be the main arguments in protections issues. It brings into questions the carrying capacity system and suggests alternative ways of protection.

Employment in the social tourism sector in Europe

Analysis of the social tourism sector within the EU in terms of employment figures, contracts, work conditions etc.. Research realised for BITS and EFFAT

Tourism development in an ethnic quarter in Brussels: is the tourist dynamic endogen or exogenous?

The research analyses the recent development of Brussel's African quarter Matonge as a tourist destination by identifying its attraction components and opposing them to other less dynamic migrant areas within Brussels. It further examines the position of different actor groups of the supply side. This includes the study of the policies and choices of public authorities in terms of tourism development, as well as the implication and perception of the local population and in particular the HORECA sector.