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Personal profile

Biography

I am a cultural geographer and an associate lecturer at the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. My background is in tourism studies and leisure studies and I have completed my doctoral degree in Human Geography at the University of Graz (Austria).

I have a particular interest in the role of digital technologies shaping and making (tourism) space. My work makes broader theoretical and empirical contributions to the fields of digital geography, critical (digital) tourism studies, and urban studies. My broader research strategy is to continue exploring the role of the digital in shaping and understanding (urban) space and more specifically the role of tourism platform economies in the production and consumption of space. My current projects focus on practices of data activism and data resistance in the digitally-enabled economies of tourism, predominantly drawing on short-term rental platform Airbnb.

Teaching

As an associate lecturer at the Department of Geography and Planning, I currently convene and teach into various graduate and post-graduate courses at Macquarie University. These include:

  • Heritage and its Management
  • Climate Change: Policies, Management and Adaptation
  • Human Geography in Action
  • Living in the Anthropocene
  • Geographies of Global Change
  • Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Urban Strategic Planning

Research student supervision

I am interested in supervising Master (of Research) students and PhD candidates with the following research interests:

  • Critical Tourism Studies
  • Platform- or sharing economies of tourism
  • Digital technologies and tourism
  • Digital geographies
  • Feminist and gender perspectives on tourism
  • The body in tourism

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, PhD, Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Feb 2014Jul 2018

Leisure, Tourism and Environment, MSc, Cultural Geography, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Sep 2009Aug 2012

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Tourism Social Sciences
Bulgaria Social Sciences
tourism Earth & Environmental Sciences
economy Social Sciences
quantification Social Sciences
credit system Social Sciences
qualification Social Sciences
social capital Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2017 2020

A review of: The future of Airbnb and the 'sharing economy'. The collaborative consumption of our cities

Roelofsen, M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Tourism Geographies.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

economy
consumption
city

Becoming Airbnbeings: on datafication and the quantified Self in tourism

Minca, C. & Roelofsen, M., 20 Nov 2019, In : Tourism Geographies. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
credit system
quantification
qualification
ranking
tourism

Exploring the socio-spatial inequalities of Airbnb in Sofia, Bulgaria

Roelofsen, M., 2018, In : Erdkunde. 72, 4, p. 313-327 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bulgaria
accommodation
Tourism
district
gentrification

Performing "home" in the sharing economies of tourism: the Airbnb experience in Sofia, Bulgaria

Roelofsen, M., 2018, In : Fennia. 196, 1, p. 24-42 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
homemaking
Bulgaria
tourism
Tourism
economy

The Superhost: biopolitics, home and community in the Airbnb dream-world of global hospitality

Roelofsen, M. & Minca, C., May 2018, In : Geoforum. 91, p. 170-181 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

quantification
qualification
community
key technology
rationality

Activities 2013 2019

‘They do not know what promotes the desire to excel.’ Politics and data activism in the platform economies of tourism.

Maartje Roelofsen (Speaker)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Annals of Tourism Research (Journal)

Maartje Roelofsen (Reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Airbnb: the end or the future of cultural tourism?

Maartje Roelofsen (Speaker), Claudio Minca (Speaker)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Social and Cultural Geography (Journal)

Maartje Roelofsen (Reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Transactions, Institute of British Geographers (Journal)

Maartje Roelofsen (Reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review