The University of Lisbon’s Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning programme carries out the Doctorate in collaboration with the Superior School of Hospitality and Tourism of Estoril.


Degree Coordinator: Professor José Manuel Simões

Doctoral level Coordinator at IGOT: Prof.ª Doutora Maria Lucinda Fonseca

Regulation norms established in Order n. 25215/2009; current programme structure established by Order n. 12240/2014.


Consultative Council / Advisory Council 

Allan Williams (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management / Univ. Surrey / UK)

António Trindade (Presidente Conselho de Administração do Grupo Porto Bay)

Carminda Cavaco (Universidade de Lisboa)

Jarkko Saarinen (Vice-Presidente da União Geográfica Internacional; Univ. Oulu / Finland)


The University of Lisbon, through the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) and in collaboration with the Superior School of Hospitality and Tourism of Estoril (ESHTE), created the PhD. in Tourism under the Educational, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Protocol celebrated by the two institutions and approved by Order N. R-53-2009 (2) of 16 July 2009. This programme of studies in Tourism, registered by the Superior Education Directorate-General with the registration code R / B -Cr 241/2009, has recently undergone an external evaluation by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), having the accreditation been favorable.
In order to provide diversification and more in-depth research and training deriving from the multifaceted nature of the tourism system, the Doctoral Degree is conferred in the subject area of Tourism, with specialisations in: i) Touristic Spatial Planning, and ii) Touristic Destination and Product Management.

Areas of specialisation

  • Touristic Spatial Planning;
  • Touristic Destination and Product Management.


IGOT-UL’s Doctorate in Tourism – in collaboration with ESHTE – has as its objective to contribute to the development of “critical mass” and human capital in order to meet the new challenges and demands that the tourism sector is facing, proposing, through the use of different research methodologies and techniques, and critical thinking, the enhancement and deepening of knowledge previously acquired through one’s academic and professional experiences. The aim is thus to contribute not only to the adequacy of the national tourism sector and its changing realities, but also to increase competitiveness via the improved quality of products and services provided.