Shirley Nieuwland is a PhD candidate within the Erasmus Initiative ‘Vital Cities and Citizens’ in which she focusses on the role of local and creative entrepreneurs in the development of more sustainable forms of urban tourism. The project includes research topics such as urban development, (urban) tourism, the sharing economy, the creative city and gentrification processes. The project looks at Rotterdam as a first case study and will compare the results later on with data from cities in other countries. 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 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.