Jan van der Borg obtained his PhD in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1991, defending a dissertation titled "Tourism and Urban Development" under the supervision of Leo van den Berg.
Jan van der Borg is associate professor in applied economics with a special interst in tourism economics and management and urban economics. He combines this position with a visiting professorhip in tourism management at the KU Leuven. Moreover, he chairs the executive board of EURICUR.
Jan van der Borg manages a number of European projects for Ca'Foscari University and advises national and local governments and firms on issues regarding the economic importance of tourism, creativity and culture for local and regional economies and on regional tourism policies in particular. He teaches in all over the world and is a frequent key note speaker in international conferences. Moreover, he is a regular columnist for national and local newspaper, addressing themes such as regional development and policies and tourism management.
Among the research topics that he is recently developing are the concept of carrying capacity in mature destinations; the use of ICT in tourism development strategies; the creative economy; big- and open data and destination audits; visitor management strategies and smart destinations. Most of his more than 100 publications concern the economic aspects of tourism in general, with special attention to cultural tourism development and to the impact of tourism projects at a local and regional scale.