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The main researcher carrying out the ENTOURAGE project is Dr Wilbert den Hoed. Wilbert is an urban geographer who specialises in mobility, ageing and urban sustainability research. He works at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Spain, where he is part of the research group Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (GRATET). His current project ENTOURAGE examines urban mobility transformations in European tourist cities and their effects on the social inclusion of older residents and visitors.

Until 2018, Wilbert worked at Newcastle University, where he obtained his PhD with a thesis focusing on the role of urban cycling as facilitator of mobility, wellbeing, and positive ageing over the life course. Between 2018 and 2021, Wilbert was a Research Associate at the European Policies Research Centre, based at Strathclyde University and Delft University of Technology. In various applied research projects, he analysed urban and regional development policies and specialised in policy consultancy on topics such as the energy transition, EU Cohesion Policy, national regional policy, and urban planning.

For more about Wilbert’s professional activities, take a look at his LinkedIN profile.

ENTOURAGE also counts on the expertise and knowledge of Antonio Paolo Russo, a Professor of Urban Geography with the Department of Geography, Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He is the coordinator of the PhD program in Tourism and Leisure. Dr. Russo is author of 40+ publications in academic journals and books, on research topics ranging from tourism studies to urban geography and urban and regional planning. Currently, he leads the H2020 project SMARTDEST, tackling tourism mobilities and social exclusion, and coordinates the “Space Place Mobilities in Tourism” group in the ATLAS network.