Dr Elisa Burrai, Senior Lecturer

Dr Elisa Burrai

Senior Lecturer

Dr Elisa Burrai is a Senior Lecturer in the UG course International Tourism Management and in the PG course Responsible Tourism Management. She joined the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2014.

Before joining the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Elisa completed degrees in Modern Languages at the University of Pisa, Italy (2004); an international MA in Tourism Management, Nuoro, Italy (2007); and a PhD entitled Residents Perceptions of Volunteer Tourism in Cusco, Peru at Leeds Beckett University (2012). In 2013, she worked on the EPSRC funded project Urban Retrofit 2020-2050 at the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF), at the University of Salford. During her studies and afterwards, she lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate modules on tourism and sustainability, tourism and development, responsible tourism and research methods. Her research interests focus mainly on sustainability, tourism in the Global South, international development, community development, empowerment and poverty reduction.

Elisa is the co-chair of the ATLAS Special Interest Group on Volunteer Tourism. Additionally, she is fellow of the Royal Academic Society (RGS) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current Teaching

UG International Tourism Management:

  • Tourism Experiences (L4)
  • Applied Tourism Research (L5)
  • Tourism in the Global South (L6)
  • Supervisor of Individual Research Projects (L6)

PG Responsible Tourism Management:

  • Ethical Tourism Business Management
  • Research Project Coordinator
  • Supervisor of Research Projects

Research Interests

Elisa's current research focuses on the nexus between tourism and migration; climate change and critical tourism ethnographies. In the context of tourism and migration, her research will raise awareness on how tourism intersects with migrations and the potentials that tourism (understood as part of complex, structured, institutionalised societies) might have to foster inclusion and empowerment of migrants. She is also conducting a study more specific on refugees and how some tourism ventures could activate mechanism of integration of refugees in host societies.  

Dr Elisa Burrai, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Ethics
  2. Justice
  3. Peace
  4. Poverty
  5. Sociology
  6. Sustainability
  7. Tourism
  8. Travel
  9. Volunteering

Selected Outputs

  • Burrai E (2013) Volunteer tourism in Cusco: dependency and local resistance,. In: Tourism in the Americas, University of Newcastle.

  • Hodson M; Burrai E; Barlow C (2013) Reshaping the material fabric of the city: low carbon spaces of transformation or continuity?. In: Constructing and contesting spaces for low-carbon energy innovation, 26 November 2013 - 28 November 2013, Eindhoven, Germany.

  • Burrai E (2013) Understanding the complexities of Volunteer Tourism. In: New Geographical Frontiers, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 27 August 2013 - 29 August 2013, London.

  • Burrai E (2013) Understanding residents’ perceptions of encounters with volunteers in Cusco. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference on “New Geographical Frontiers”, 27 August 2013 - 30 August 2013, London, UK.

  • Burrai E; De las Cuevas I (2015) Transformation of local lives through volunteer tourism: Thai and Peruvian case studies. In: Reisinger Y ed. Transformational Tourism: Host Perspectives. CABI,

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  • Burrai E (2011) Le percezioni dei residenti sugli impatti del turismovolontariato in Peru. In: Grigolini P ed. Turismi responsabili. Teorie, pratiche, prospettive. Milano: