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Noel B. Salazar, PhD

Research Professor, University of Leuven
Brussels, Belgium

Research field: Social Sciences - Anthropology
Anthropologies of mobility and travel, the local-to-global nexus, discourses and imaginaries of Otherness, heritage, cultural brokering and cosmopolitanism


Awards and Grants

  •  Oct 2008 
    Marie Curie IRG

Biographical Information

I obtained my PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and am currently Research Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium) and Senior Researcher of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). In addition, I am a Visiting Professor at the Università degli studi di Bergamo (Italy). From 2011 until 2013 I serve as Executive Committee member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.
My research interests include anthropologies of mobility and travel, the local-to-global nexus, discourses and imaginaries of Otherness, heritage, cultural brokering and cosmopolitanism. I have published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and newspaper articles on these topics in the USA, the UK, India, Indonesia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Colombia.
I am the author of Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond (2010, Oxford: Berghahn), a book analyzing the circulation and dynamics of tourism imaginaries. My current research project focuses on the complex (dis)connections between tourism imaginaries and ideas of transcultural migration (with ethnographic fieldwork in Indonesia, Tanzania, Chile, and Belgium). In this context, I founded CuMoRe (Cultural Mobilities Research) and the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network.
I am on the editorial boards of Social Anthropology, Annals of Tourism Research, AIBR - Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Journal of Culture and Mobility, International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, and the East African Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Journal. In addition, I am on UNESCO’s and UNWTO’s roster of consultants, and I am an expert member of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee and the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network 'Culture, Tourism and Development', and an expert panel member of the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations.


Professional Experience

2012 - Present
Research Professor at University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Classes taught:
Mobile Worlds, world Mobilities Seminar
Alter-native Mobilities Seminar
Cultural Mobilities Seminar

Sep 2002 - Aug 2008
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Consulting Services

Foreign Policy, Tourism and Recreation Advice Centre (Flemish Government, Belgium)
Java Tourism Care (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
National Geographic Society, Center for Sustainable Destinations

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