Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism and Hospitality-related activities underpin a significant portion of the local economy, with Gibraltar attracting millions of visitors annually. Proposals in this area will focus on studies that would explore fresh and practical approaches to improve and develop this sector, using Gibraltar as a test-bed for promoting innovation that would generate globally-relevant original contributions in this dynamic field.
Possible research areas include the development of novel methods in tourism entrepreneurship, development of tourist and hospitality markets, strategies for improving service quality and the tourist experience, amongst others.
Gibraltar And Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
The proximity of Britain’s exit from Europe and the complex negotiations that follow the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon by the UK have significant implications for the future of Gibraltar.
The effects that Brexit will have on Gibraltar are as yet unclear, but given Gibraltar’s unique situation, they are likely to be very far-reaching politically, economically, socially, environmentally and legally. Proposals within this theme will relate to research that will analyse the consequences and ramifications of Brexit for Gibraltar and identify methods by which these challenges and opportunities can be best addressed.
Urban-Adapted Wildlife Species in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has an extensive network of protected areas and is densely populated. In such an environment, wildlife and humans inevitably come into contact with each other regularly. In particular, Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Larus michahellis) constantly penetrate the urban environment and often come into conflict with humans, due to factors such as noise, damage to property and stealing of food.
Given the ease with which these species can be studied, they make ideal subjects for studies on human-wildlife interaction/conflict, management and conflict resolution. Such studies will focus on humans – including their behaviour as well as the other species, and can be extended to embrace historico-cultural elements, such as the well-known relationship between the macaques’ presence and continued British possession of the Rock. Proposals in this theme should ideally involve research into innovative strategies and approaches to tackle such problems in a small community.
Cultures and Identities of the Mediterranean
This theme focuses on the historical backdrop to the above, and could include proposals on any of the following:
- Cultural and linguistic transferals that have come about as a consequence of historic migrations;
- Present day migrations and borders;
- The historic convergence of the three Abrahamic religions and cultures in Gibraltar to include the study of Sephardic history and culture in Gibraltar and the Iberian Peninsula;
- The Mediterranean in relation to the maritime to include seafaring commercial or military activity (trade/Royal Navy/ piracy and privateering / Gibraltar at the chokepoint between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic);
- Colonialism and Post-colonialism (can refer to theoretical engagements, society, culture, literature and the geopolitical with a view to interrogate received notions of both colonialism and post-colonialism to provide new readings on these).
- The materialisation of identity and power; the socio-economic development of Gibraltar; the diachronic development of the fortress and city; among others.
In addition, we support novel approaches to archaeological fieldwork and material culture studies.
New Technologies including Blockchain and Fintech
Possible topics for research include areas where Gibraltar could lead global thinking in fintech and E-business such as National and global fintech governance and legal frameworks, balancing the needs of fintech firms and the interests of consumers through a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) regulatory framework, block-chains and privacy protection, challenges and opportunities for fintech in small nations, using a regulatory framework to manage risk perception in fintech.
Prehistory and Archaeology
This theme focuses on the significant body of research that has been carried out in Gibraltar and its environs with regard to its prehistory, especially, but not restricted to, Neanderthals and their eventual extinction.
Proposals can be based on any of a number of research areas to include prehistoric cultures and environments, human evolution as well as the development and application of new techniques to investigate Quaternary climatic and ecological settings. It also includes proposals based on the development of specialisms that can shed light on these areas, such as the taxonomy of then-extant fauna and flora