ENVR E-118B: Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign


  • Professor: Megan Epler Wood, Stephen M. Ervin, Vincente Javier Moles Moles
  • Term: Spring
  • Days: W
  • Time: 5:30-7:30
  • School: Harvard Extension School
  • Course ID: 25068

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years. A live interactive session is held using interactive geodesign methods to address key decisions in the process of design for tourism growth. Students participate in applying digital tools and analyses to a specific case. Each student generates scenarios and learns how to manage these scenarios through new approaches to governance.

Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Course work in GIS from such organizations as ESRI or ISMT E-150 would enhance the course experience. However, the course is designed for all levels, and allows students to move through the course according to their own capacity. Individuals who are working on tourism planning are encouraged to bring their existing planning documents to the course for review.