Prof. Wiesław Alejziak, PhD
Faculty: Tourism and Recreation
Field of education: Tourism and Recreation
Professor, PhD, employed in the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, Academy of Physical Education in Cracow, Head of the Chair of Tourist Policy. PhD in tourist policy conferred in 1991, habilitation dissertation in the field of the methodology of studying tourist activity as well as its tourist diversification defended in 2010. Both scientific degrees in physical cultural sciences. Studies at the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw (economic studies – diploma work entitled ‘Tourism and recreation as an element of the tourist policy of the state’) as well as at Jagiellonian University (postgraduate pedagogical studies). Participation in numerous courses, trainings and specialist workshops in national and foreign institutions.
Editor-in-chief of the Folia Turistica journal (www.folia-turistica.pl), which is considered to be the most prestigious Polish scientific periodical in the field of tourism. Member of the editorial boards of several other Polish and international scientific journals. Participation in numerous research projects concerning primarily tourism (e.g. ‘Contemporary concepts and models of tourist policy’ – head of the project) but also other subjects (e.g. National Research Programme ‘Foresight – Poland 2020’, which involved participation – in the character of the so-called external expert – in the works of the research field ‘Sustainable development of Poland. Quality of life’. Expert of the Polish Agency for the Development of Entrepreneurship (PART) in the Operating Programme ‘Smart Development’ for the years 2014-2020 in the field of the following subjects: ‘Tourism. Education. Counselling.’ as well as expert of the Regional Operating Programme of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship for the years 2014 – 2020.
Author of several innovative research methods, including SATT (Sequential Analysis of Tourist Trends), OMPN© (Methodological Imaging of Scientific Works) as well as TelSKART© (Telephone System of Cellular Analysis of Tourist Traffic) which bases on the utilization of the system of cellular phones to examine the size and structure of tourist traffic.
Author of over 200 scientific publications on various aspects of tourism as well as author or co-author of eight books and textbooks (several of them with more than one edition), including: ‘Tourism in the face of the 21st century challenges’ (1999) which is one of the most frequently quoted Polish publications in the field of tourism in the whole history of research over this phenomenon (over 330 citations). Bibliometric indicators (acc. to Google Scholar – state for May 2019): Hirsh Index – 13, 1-10 Index (works quoted at least 10 times) – 23.
In 2018, the Gold Cross of Merit for ‘ For merits for Polish science’ awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland.
- tourist policy;
- international tourist market;
- marketing in tourism;
- tourist behaviours.