Aerial view of historic Lisbon and Castle.

Study Space XII: Lisbon

How can cities ease negative effects of tourism on communities?

Sunday, June 23 – Friday, June 28 • Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful beaches boasting more sunlight than anywhere in Europe, a rich history, and amazing wine and gastronomy make Portugal an attractive tourist destination. After the 2008 global financial crisis, Portugal focused on promoting tourism to boost the economy and spark urban regeneration. At the same time, a new rental law in 2012 removed rent freezes to encourage property owners to renovate dilapidated buildings and revitalize the city. Lisbon now faces new challenges regarding gentrification, forced evictions, lack of affordable housing in the city center, a deteriorating social fabric, and an influx of tourists reaching 4.5 million annual visitors. Policy makers and community members must confront the burdens on the city’s infrastructure, public services, and property rates, as they fight to not become overrun with tourists like other cities such as Barcelona.

How can cities ease negative effects of tourism on communities? How have peer-to-peer online marketplaces and popular sharing economy services affected housing supply and cost of living? Do restrictions on tourism create an atmosphere compatible with the local populations’ needs as well as the aesthetics sought by tourists? Join us in Lisbon to discuss these important issues facing cities all over the world.

More details will be forthcoming including the daily schedule, cost, and how to apply.

To learn more about the program, contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) at