Isabel Rodriguez

University of Surrey

Dr Isabel Rodriguez is a Research Fellow associated with the Research Group “Competitiveness of the Visitor Economy” in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. Dr Rodriguez received both her BA and MSc degrees at the University of Alicante where she worked as research assistant at the Tourism Research Institute, a tourism multidisciplinary research centre. From 2009 to 2012 was co-coordinator of a number of projects awarded by the Spanish National R&D&I Plan dedicated to the renovation and innovation of mature tourism destinations, tourism clusters and innovation. In 2012 started her PhD studies which were completed in 2015. The main objective of this research was to conduct a historical analysis over innovation as part and outcome of tourism policies with emphasis on the study of innovative clusters and entrepreneurship policy programmes. With the support of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (MSCA) from the European Union, Dr Rodriguez joined the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in June 2016 to conduct a 2 year research project “The innovation journey of tourism entrepreneurs: evidence from Spain and the UK and policy implications (INNOVATE)”. In February 2019 was officially appointed Research Fellow at the School.