Paola Vizcaino

Dr Paola Vizcaino

  • Senior Lecturer in Events Management
  • Dorset House D157a
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Dr Paola Vizcaino is Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Events Management in the Department of Sport and Event Management at Bournemouth University. Her research examines the social dimensions of sustainability in tourism, hospitality, and events and aligns with the UN sustainable development goals: 5. gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; 8. Good jobs and economic growth; 10. Reduced inequalities; and 11. Sustainable cities and communities. Her knowledge and expertise have been recognised with invitations for guest lectures and keynote presentations in the UK and Mexico, as well as an emerging scholar profile in the journal e-Review of Tourism Research.

Paola’s PhD investigated women’s processes of empowerment in relation to their work as producers and vendors of pottery handicrafts catering to the tourist market in central Mexico. Her research contributed to the understanding of women’s lived experiences, negotiation processes and pathways to empowerment in tourism within the Latin American context and has been cited by the UN World Tourism Organisation Global Report on Women in Tourism (2nd edition)...



I have published in a number of journals, including Tourism Geographies, Tourism Culture and Communication, Tourism Review and PASOS Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage. I have also presented over 10 papers in international conferences in the UK, Mexico, Spain, Croatia and Finland.

My academic citizenship includes the Editorial Board Member of the first tourism journal in Mexico (El Periplo Sustentable) and peer reviewer for international journals including: Leisure Studies (UK); Tourism Review (UK), PASOS Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage (Spain), Cuandernos de Turismo (Spain).


Journal Articles


  • Vizcaino, P., Jeffrey, H. and Eger, C., 2020. Tourism and Gender-based Violence Challenging Inequalities. CABI.


  • Eger, C., Vizcaino, L. and Jeffrey, H., 2020. Introducing Critical Debates on Gender-Based Violence in Tourism. Tourism and Gender-based Violence: Challenging Inequalities. Wallingford, UK: CABI, 1-13.
  • Vizcaino Suarez, L.P., 2018. Tourism as Empowerment: Women Artisan’s Experiences in Central Mexico. In: Cole, S., ed. Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment. Oxfordshire, UK: CABI.
  • Vizcaino Suarez, L.P. and Serrano Barquin, R., 2018. Modelo analítico para el empoderamiento de las mujeres en el turismo. In: Rodriguez Munoz, G. and Palmas Castrejon, Y.D., eds. Turismo y género: Una mirada desde Iberoamérica. Toluca, Mexico: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, 17-44.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Unit Leader BAELM Level 5 - Event Planning and Implementation (2017, 2018)
  • Unit Leader for BAEM Level 4 - Event Design (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Teaching Team for BAEM Level 5 - Research Methods (2018)
  • Teaching Team for BAEM L5 - Professional Development & Workplace Dynamics (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Unit Leader for BAEM Level 5 - Live Event Development & Delivery (2020)


  • The UK-Mexico Leisure and Tourism Academic Writing Workshop: Supporting Mexican ECRs in writing for publication (British Academy, 31 Jan 2020). Awarded

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Tourism Review, Anonymous peer review, 03 Sep 2018
  • Leisure studies : the journal of the Leisure Studies Association, Anonymous peer review, 15 Mar 2018
  • Investigaciones Turísticas (ISSN 2174-5609), 01 Sep 2016
  • PASOS: Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage (ISSN 1695-7121), 01 Sep 2016

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • To launch the edited collection, Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, this symposium will debate the ways forward to increase gender equality in the tourism industry. An expert panel from academia, policy and industry will briefly present examples of good practice which will be followed by an audience discussion.

Conference Presentations

  • Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2019, Gender Equality and Tourism: A critical frame analysis of the Mexican policy context, 27 Aug 2019, London, UK
  • Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2018, Traversing Landscapes of Gender Based Violence, 28 Aug 2018, Cardiff University
  • Colloquium from Compliment to Harassment - International Women's Day, Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces, The Mexican Context, 08 Mar 2018, Tijuana, Mexico
  • Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2017, Leisure Opportunities and Subjective Wellbeing of Latin American Immigrant Women in Spain, 31 Aug 2017, London, UK
  • VII Critical Tourism Studies, Victim Blaming doesn’t take a Holiday: Experiences of female Latin American travellers, 25 Jun 2017, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2016, Cultural tourism and empowerment? Women’s quest for visibility in central Mexico, 31 Aug 2016, London, UK
  • VI Critical Tourism Studies, Women’s empowerment in tourism: Gender-analysis frameworks, empirical studies and research agenda, 26 Jun 2015, Opatija, Croatia
  • International Gender, Development, Resistance Workshop, Experiences of empowerment and disempowerment of women artisans in a small cultural tourism destination, 07 Jun 2015, Lapland, Finland
  • XVIII Congreso de la Asociación Española de Expertos Científicos en Turismo, Gender in Research and Tourism Policies in Mexico, 26 Nov 2014, Benidorm, Spain


  • PGCE in Education (Bournemouth University, 2018)
  • PhD in Tourism Studies (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, 2016)
  • MA in Tourism Management and Planning (University of Alicante, Spain, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) in Economics (Whitman College (USA), 2004)


  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2018-),
  • Royal Geographical Society, Fellow,