Shirley Nieuwland is a PhD candidate within the Erasmus Initiative ‘Vital Cities and Citizens’ in which she focusses on urban tourism in the creative city with specific attention for home sharing platforms like Airbnb. It studies cities like Rotterdam and Hamburg that only recently started to receive international attention and explores the role of tourism and the sharing economy in sustainable urban development. The project is supervised by prof. dr. Filip Vermeylen and dr. Mariangela Lavanga.
Shirley obtained her BA in Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam after which she moved to Radboud University in Nijmegen to receive a MSc in Human Geography (cum laude) with specializations in Urban & Cultural Geography and Tourism. For her master thesis she studied regulatory approaches for Airbnb in cities across Europe and the United States with Denver, Colorado, as a case study. Her research interests include urban development, (urban) tourism, the sharing economy, the creative city and gentrification.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication