I am lecturer and researcher at the CETT Sschool of Tourism, Hospitality and Food services of the Unievrsity of Barcelona. I was director of the University School of Tourism Directorate hotel, attached to the UAB. I also was Professor Doctor for Tourism Studies at the Economy and Business Department of the UOC lecturing tourism business management, tourism planning and ICT in the tourism business.I have participated in European and Spanish R & D projects on ICT and tourism: TIM (Tourism, Information and Marketing – RACE 2078, 1992 – 1994) funded by the Euroepan Commission or TURINTER, funded by the State Secretariat for Tourism and Turespaña (1993-1995). I also too part in the Strategic Tourism Plan of Catalonia (2005-2010). I was a member of the monitoring committee of the National Plan for Innovation and Development Section SISE: Tourism Technology Strategic Action (2007 and 2008).
The aim of my research is the study of tourism management at destinations, the use of information and communications technology and information management and knowledge generated through social networks around tourism. I am a member of the scientific committee of congresses and conferences such as TURITEC Congress of Tourism and Information Technology and Communication organized by the University of Malaga (years 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014), the Web Based Communities and Social Media Conference, organized by IADIS (2013 and 2014) and ENTER 2015 and 2016, organized by the IFITT.
I am also a reviewer for the journals RUSC – Journal of University and Knowledge Society, Journal of Tourism Research and Research Papers ECT.
I am co-directing a doctoral thesis on gastronomy and local development of tourism destinations to a PhD student at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and since 2012 a member of the scientific committee of the doctoral thesis of Inge Roeniger registered in the UOC IN3 with the title … I am member of the Board Commitee of IFITT (International Federation for IT and Travel and Tourism) and Director of the Innovation Funds and of the National Chapters. .I am also the president and the Spanish chapter.
Diaz-Chao, A, Miralbell, O. & Torren-Sellens, J. (2015). “Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation and Firm Productivity in Small and Medium-Sized Travel Agencies New Evidence from Spain”, Journal of Travel Research,
Miralbell, O. (2015). “Use of Social Networking Sites for Knowledge Exchange“ International Journal of Web Based Communities, 11 (1).
Miralbell, O. (2014). “Online Social Networks and social learning in tourism” ELC Research Paper Series, Issue 8.
Miralbell, O. (2014). “Knowledge Exchange ing in Social Network Sites”, in:. Kommers, p, Isaias, P., Tomayess, I. (Ed) Prospectives of Social Media. A Year Book, Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-85416-0
Miralbell, O., Alzua, A., Gerrikagoitia, JK (2014) “Narrative Content Curation and Tourism Marketing” in Z. Xiang, Tussiadiah, L. (Eds.) Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2014, Springer, p. 187-199ISBN 978-3-319-03973-2
Miralbell, O. (2013) “ICT and transfer of conocimie nto tourism” in G. Priestley, Romagosa, F. (Ed.), New Horizons in Tourism Management, University School of Tourism and Hospitality Direcció . ISBN: 978-84-941564-4-1
González, F., Miralbell, O., Gomis, JM, Viu, M. (2012). “The role of identity in scheduling events” Annals of Tourism Researc h 3/39, P. 1683-1690
Recent participation in international academic conferences
Tourism Chair of Chiapas Autonomous University. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, 2016.
W orkshop of the Regional Studies Association, Vilaseca, Tarragona, Spain, 2014
ENTER. Dublin, Ireland. 2014
Third International Conference UNITWIN . UNESCO Chair “Culture, Tourism, Development”, Barcelona, Spain, 2014
3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM TOURISM MANAGEMENT AND RELATED ISSUES, Barcelona, 2013
IADIS International Conference – Web Based Communi ties and Social Media, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013.
ENTER, Innsbruck, Austria, 2013