My engagement with tourism and events draws on post-disciplinary concerns about their centrality both within contemporary societies and the social sciences, along with an awareness of the growing relevance of tourism and events in transnational times. My research to date has focused on four main themes.

My highest impact publications explore the cultures of tourism and are theoretical in nature, repositioning of tourism in light of post-structuralist thinking. My main contribution in this area is the development of Heidegger’s notion of dwelling into tourist studies. This was published in Tourist Studies in 2003. I have also developed theoretical constructs that are sensible to the familiar character of tourism in a article for Annals for tourism research. I am currently writing with prof Mike Crang, a textbook, Tourist Studies: the Basics, which translates new approaches to tourism to a wider public

Another important concern running through my work is the nature of embodiment in tourism, focusing in particular on haptic articulations of the sensible. My work on the beach is credited to be one of the first to explore the sensibilities of touch in tourism. In 2007 I published “A Haptic Geography of the Beach: Naked Bodies, Vision and Touch” in Social and Cultural Geography, and in 2009 “Building Castles in the Sand: Repositioning Touch on the Beach” in Senses and Society. I also have a book chapter in Touching space, Placing touch

PONS PPC(240x159)PATHA third area of interest is my research on island and coastal tourism. My work in this area, which spans from emotional geographies of the beach to tourism policy, focuses on mass tourism and its impact on Mediterranean Modernities. In 2009 I co-edited a book on Cultures of Mass Tourism, which sets out to demonstrate the cultural significance of mass tourism as well as the significance of mass tourism to mass culture. I have recently submitted a short policy paper to Annals of Tourism Research. The  paper  raises  important  questions,  which  will  be  followed  up  in  future  publications,  concerning  the fragility of sustainable tourism agendas, the contested politics of mass tourism and the restructuring  of  mature  destinations.

My fourth and most recent theme is concerned with constructions of place identity in cultural events. I have been involved in various artistic projects that explore the creative and transformative qualities of travel and tourism. I have also published in this area, with one paper in Cultural Geographies with Sean Carter from the University of Exeter and a chapter with Sharon Wilson on the Nomadic Village project for a book on Art and Tourism. I am currently working on a paper on festivals, tourism and the quest for local identity with Antoni Vives from the University of Barcelona.


Obrador P. and Crang M. (Forthcoming 2016). Tourism Studies: The Basics. London: Routledge

Edited books

Obrador Pons, P., Crang, M. & Travlou, P., (2009). Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities. Farnham: Ashgate.

Articles in Peer Review journals

Obrador, P. (2012). The place of the Family in Tourism Research: Domesticity and thick sociality by the pool. Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (1), 401-420.

Obrador, P. & Carter, S. (2010). Cultural geographies in practice: art politics memory: Tactical Tourism and the Route of Anarchism in Barcelona. Cultural Geographies, 17 (3), 1-7.

Obrador-Pons, P. (2009). Building castles in the sand: re-positioning touch on the beach. Senses and Society, 4 (3), 195 – 210.

Obrador-Pons, P. (2008). Turismo y cuerpo: un tour por la teoría contemporània del turismo. La Ortiga: revista quadrimestral de Arte, Literatura y Pensamiento, 81-83, 189-215.

Obrador Pons, P. (2007). A haptic geography of the beach: naked bodies, vision and touch. Social and Cultural Geography, 8(1), 123 -141.

Obrador Pons, P. (2003). Being-on-holiday: tourist dwelling, bodies and place. Tourist Studies, 3 (1), 47-66.

Obrador Pons, P. (1998). Estudi sociolingüístic a l’institut Joan Ramis i Ramis. Revista de Menorca, 1998, 5-5

Book chapters

Wilson, S and Obrador, P. (2014). The Nomadic Village: Communal creativity and political subversion in temporary settlements. In T. Rakić and J. Lester (Eds), Travel, Tourism and Art, (pp. 129-145). Farnham: Ashgate.

Obrador, P. (2012). Touching the beach. In M. Dodge and M. Paterson (Eds.) Touching Space Placing Touch (pp. 47-70), Farnham: Ashgate,.

Obrador Pons, P. (2009). The Mediterranean pool: cultivating hospitality in the coastal hotel. In P. Obrador Pons, M. Crang, & P. Travlou (Eds.), Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities, (pp. 91-110). Farnham: Ashgate.

Obrador Pons, P., Crang, M. & Travlou, P. (2009). Taking Mediterranean tourists seriously. In P. Obrador Pons, M. Crang, & P. Travlou (Eds.), Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities, (pp. 1-20). Farnham: Ashgate.

Obrador Pons, P., Crang, M. & Travlou, P. (2009). Corrupted seas: the Mediterranean in the age of mass mobility, In P. Obrador Pons, M. Crang, & P. Travlou (Eds.), Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities, (pp. 157-174). Farnham: Ashgate.

Obrador Pons, P. (2006). Dwelling in I. Douglas, R. Huggett, and C. Perkins (Eds.), Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography: From Local to Global, (pp. 957-968). London: Routledge.

Amer, J and Obrador, P. (1998). La memòria romàntica del territori a Menorca i Mallorca. In S. Cardús (Eds.), Seminari sobre la Construcció Social de la Memòria. Dept. Sociologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Book Reviews

Obrador, P. ( 2015). “Book Review: Modern Mass Tourism”, Journal of Tourism History 7 (1-2): 181-182

Obrador Pons, P. (2006). “Book Review:De La Fonda a l’Hotel: La Gènesi d’una Economia Turística; Turisme i Política: L’empresariat Hoteler de Mallorca” Tourist Studies 6 (3): 297-302

Obrador Pons, P. (2004). “Book Review: Paisajes del Placer, Paisajes de la Crisis: El Espacio Turístico Canario y sus representaciones” Tourist Studies 4 (1): 93-94.

Obrador Pons, P. (2004).Book Review: Jaakko Suvantola (2002) ‘Tourist’s Experience of Place’ in European Urban and Regional Studies 11 (2): 187-188

Non academic publications (en català)

Obrador, P. (2015). L’endemà Postnational. In G. Alfocea & A. Ferrer (Eds.) Les Illes davant la Independència de Catalunya.(pp 205-214). Maó: Arrela.

Obrador, P. (2011). Les multiples identitats turístiques de Menorca. In L. Piris and P. Salort i E Cladera (Eds.) La imatge de Menorca: Canvis en el Paisatge Durant el Segle XX. Maó: Arxiu d’Imatge i so de Menorca – Consell Insular de Menorca.

Obrador, P (2010). El menorquinisme davant l’envit del Nacionalisme Espanyol. In M. Carrió, A. Marimon, D. Pons i P. Sampol (Eds.) El Nacionalisme Progressista a les Illes Balears. Palma: Fundació Emili Darder.

Obrador, P. (2011). La política a Menorca o l’esgotament de l’oasi. In J. Amer (Ed.) Balears Ara,. Palma: Fundació Emili Darder.

Obrador, P. (2000). Estudi del Teixit Associatiu de Transformació social de l’Illa de Menorca . Maó, Fòrum d’ONG/ GOB.