1.60 - Tourism activity in the process of urbanization of Mozambican cities

Project Description

This thesis project focuses on the influence of tourism development in the process of urbanization and in city production. Through the urban theory and tourism studies approach, and based on the global south paradigm reproduced empirically by the Mozambican cities of Inhambane and Xai-Xai, the aim is to develop an urban planning methodology that guarantees the sustainability of the local tourist activity. Analysing the main agents of urbanization in these tourist cities, the study intends to examine how the “tourism industry” contributes for the urbanization of these cities, recognizing the different territorial dynamics in this process. The methodology is based in the identification of the problem and the objectives of the research; in the revision of preliminary literature dedicated to consider topics, related to the production of urban space, tourism urbanization, planning and sustainable urban development. Based on the literature review, a set of indicators of urban sustainability and methods of multi-criteria analysis and assessment for sustainability are applied in this analysis. This study will propose an urban regulation project aimed to be a reference for Mozambican cities as a strategy for sustainable development in order to overcome less positive effects of actions of tourism urbanization. Likewise, an optimization of the analysis by comparison of results is expected, as the methodological proposal will be applied to the two cities.

Research Team
  • Pelágio Julião Maxlhaieie
  • Anabela Salgueiro Narciso Ribeiro (supervisor)
Financial Support
  • Mozambique governament financial support
Stage of Progress
  • Started in July 2018