Climate change has come as a disruption to our usual practices. Social movements and activism such as the Friday school strike has brought it to the everyday discussions. Climate change has challenged also tourism scholars to think outside their local territories to accommodate issues of global social and environmental change (Espiner et al., 2017). In spite of its alarming nature and tourism’s contribution to climate change, tourism remains the sector with the least responsiveness in taking measures to mitigate its carbon footprint (Scott et al., 2016).
The SIG is developed on the understanding of the mutual effects of Tourism on climate change and vice versa, of climate change onto tourism. It acknowledges also the inter and trans disciplinary character of the research on the field and invites contributions from a variety of fields, disciplines, and expertise to encourage the development of shared research agendas which manage to capture the complexity of CC and tourism.
It also acknowledges the accuracy of the matter and the need to relate to stakeholders, policy makers and the wider public in an effort to develop relevant research as well as to disseminate research results to a wider audience for a greater impact. Knowledge sharing and co-creation are deemed important and this SIG aims to offer a fertile ground for the encouragement of collaborations and the development of new, creative, and innovative research.
The scholars that take part in the “Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism” SIG include highly recognised senior experts in the fields involved and emerging researchers with a sincere desire to break through mainstream conceptualisations in tourism and place studies. Most are active in several high-level international networks. This guarantees that the activities of the SIG will have ample resonance in the broader scientific community and will be published in international journals. However the SIG will also care about establishing connections with the civic society - grassroots organizations, placemakers and governments who are engaged in the debate about ‘what is (and what should be) tourism today’.
Provide a forum for networking and information and ideas exchange with the objectives to:
- Foster international cooperation and develop research on the field
- Organise meetings and events to share knowledge, information and expertise
- Produce publications on the topic
- Invite collaboration with tourism stakeholders
- Communicate knowledge and research produced within the group to the academic community, the wider public and tourism practitioners
- Encourage the integration of produced knowledge to tourism education
- Climate change and resilience in the social, natural, economic and institutional environment
- Vulnerability of destinations
- Policies, adaptive capacity and adaptation measures
- Political stability and risk and crisis management
- Social, environmental, and economici impacts of climate change on tourism (destinations, transportation, experiences etc)
- Mitigation of tourism’s impacts on climate change
- Social justice and the vulnerability of less privileged groups
- Socio-cultural understanding and interpretations of climate change
- Stakeholders participation, social learning
- Tourists’ perceptions, behaviour, responses, and their adaptive strategies to climate change
- Tourism education and climate change
- Ethics, responsibility
Program of activities
The work plan for the coming year 2020-21 is as following:
- Organise an event meeting as a special session in the coming ATLAS conference
- Organise a publication based on that session
- Organise work groups with SIG members to support the activities of the group (e.g. social media, newsletter with news on CC and tourism)