Dr Maria Casado-Diaz

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons); PhD;
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Tourism Studies and Program Leader for Student Experience BA Geography
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 83116
  • Email:Maria.Casado-Diaz@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I completed a BA (Hons) Sociology (1990-1994) and a PhD (1998-2001) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alicante, Spain.  My PhD focused on international retirement migration to Spain and the role of tourism in contemporary lifestyle migration. In 2002 I was appointed a Lecturer in Tourism Geography at the University of the West of England. In 2007/8 I was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and spent a year working at the Institute for Tourism Research at the University of Alicante, Spain. Since 2003 I have been a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. My current teaching relates to different aspects of tourism geographies and research methods in human geography.

I have been involved in several international research projects/networks on the subject of migration in later life, including an ESF research network and two projects funded by the Spanish Research Council. I am currently part of the UWE research team working in a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, COHSMO (2017-2021). This project investigates the relationship between socio-economic structures of inequality, urbanisation and territorial cohesion, and how territorial cohesion across Europe at different levels (local, regional, national and European) affects economic growth, spatial justice and democratic capacities.  I have undertaken several research stays at the University of Alicante (Spain) and Umea University (Sweden) and acted as PhD external examiner in both institutions. In 2018 I was awarded a UWE Community Fund project entitled 'Buildiing an inclusive society' for developing an educational tool, in collaboration with a local school and a non for profit organization, to raise awareness about forced migration. In July 2019 I received the Teacher of the Year Award for the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. 




Area of expertise

Tourism geographies;

Contemporary migration/mobilities;
Sociology of tourism;
Second home tourism;
Visiting friends and relatives tourism;
Collaborative Economy;
Home Exchange


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