Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas is the director of the UNESCO Chair “Tourism, Culture, Development” of Paris 1- Sorbonne University and the coordinator of the UNITWIN network of the same name, comprising more than 25 top level universities all around the world. Maria is the Director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (IREST) at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in France. Maria’s background is in geography and her research interests include Tourism at World Heritage Sites; Industrial and 20th century Heritage; Waterfront redevelopment; Metropolisation and Tourism; Urban redevelopment, urban planning and tourism. Maria’s recent publications include “Imagined Landscapes of Tourism”, in Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (9:3) (2011) with Nelson Graburn, as well as a number of French language publications, such as Tourisme et Patrimoine Mondial (2012) with Mike Robinson and Laurent Bourdeau and Monumentalité(s) urbaine(s) aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Sens, formes et enjeux urbains (2011).