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Festivals and the City The Contested Geographies of Urban Events

Festivals and the CityFestivals and the CitySmith, A., Osborn, G. and Quinn, B., 2022. Festivals and the City: The Contested Geographies of Urban Events. London: University of Westminster Press.

This book by Andrew Smith, Guy Osborn and Bernadette Quinn (eds.) explores how festivals and events affect urban places and public spaces, with a particular focus on their role in fostering inclusion. It includes case studies from key Western European festival cities, such as Venice, Edinburgh, London and Barcelona, and examines related social and cultural pressures and concerns over the commercialisation and privatisation of public spaces. The book's key themes are the quest for more inclusive urban spaces and the contested geographies of festival spaces and places. The authors also address more general themes including the role of festivals in culture-led regeneration, economic development and place marketing. The book is published by University of Westminster Press, a not-for-profit, diamond open access publisher.

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Rethinking Heritage for Sustainable Development by Sophia Labadi

Rethinking Heritage for Sustainable DevelopmentRethinking Heritage for Sustainable DevelopmentRethinking Heritage for Sustainable Development, Sophia Labadi
ISBN: 9781800081925 - UCL Press
This open access book constitutes a substantial and original assessment of whether and how heritage has contributed to three key dimensions of sustainable development (namely poverty reduction, gender equality and environmental sustainability) within the context of its marginalisation from the Sustainable Development Goals and from previous international development agendas. Sophia Labadi adopts a novel, inclusive, large-scale and systematic approach, providing the first comprehensive history of the international approaches on culture (including heritage) for development, from 1970 to the present day. This book is also the first to assess the negative and positive impacts of all the international projects implemented in sub-Saharan Africa by a consortium of UN organisations that aimed to provide evidence for the contribution of heritage for development in time for the negotiation of the SDGs. The book’s conclusions provide recommendations for rethinking heritage for development, while reflecting on the major shortcomings of the selected projects. Sophia Labadi is Professor of Heritage at the University of Kent, UK.

Creating Cultural Understanding Through Travel - CultSense Case Collection

Creating Cultural Understanding Through TravelCreating Cultural Understanding Through TravelCreating Cultural Understanding Through Travel. CultSense Case Collection
Maria Engberg, Peter Björkroth and Lénia Marques (eds.)

An open source collection of case studies collected under the CultSense project, which aims to address the issue of increased mobility pressures that result in tensions and conflicts between residents and non-locals.

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New Book: Ecocene Politics by Mihnea Tanasescu

Ecocene PoliticsEcocene PoliticsEcocene Politics is available in Open Access as well as more traditional formats. It is a work of environmental political theory, offering several concepts that can help navigate the ecological loss that is becoming a generalised condition. It develops the idea of Ecocene as a political variant of the Anthropocene, and builds political concepts rooted in ecological science. Anchored in the diverse ecological practices of communities in southern Italy and Aotearoa/New Zealand, this book proposes a restorative ethics of mutualism, an emancipatory theory intended to re-invigorate human agency in the face of contemporary ecological challenges. Using ecology alongside European moral and Māori philosophies to re-conceptualise the ecological remit of politics, this book’s granular approach questions the role played by contemporary political ontologies in the separation of humans and environments, offering an in-depth view of their renewed interrelation under mutualism. Ecocene Politics will be essential to researchers and students in the fields of politics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and geography. It will be of further interest to those working in the fields of political ecology, environmental humanities, and Anthropocene studies, as well as to general readers seeking a theoretical approach to the political issues posed by current ecological crises. 

The author, Dr Mihnea Tanasescu is Research Fellow at the Political Science Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

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Tourism and refugee-crisis intersections: cocreating tour guide experiences in Leeds, England

Research carried out by Leeds Beckett University found that involving refugees and asylum-seekers in tourism can help them integrate better and can build understanding between communities. The two-year study looked at a group of ten people with refugee or asylum-seeking status, who found themselves in Leeds after fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. In addition, discussions with 10 support workers in the industry and third sector were included in this project.

As part of the tourism venture, Tales of City Tours was set-up by a former Responsible Tourism Management Masters student. Refugees were involved as tour-guides in creating, designing and leading walking tours in the city. They chose the areas they would cover on their tours based on the meaning it had to them.

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Antarticness, edited by Illan Kelman (UCL Press)

AntarcticnessAntarcticnessUCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a new open access book: Antarcticness: Inspirations and imaginaries, edited by Ilan Kelman. 

Antarcticness joins disciplines, communication approaches and ideas to explore meanings and depictions of Antarctica. Personal and professional words in poetry and prose, plus images, present and represent Antarctica, as presumed and as imagined, alongside what is experienced around the continent and by those watching from afar. These understandings explain how the Antarctic is viewed and managed while identifying aspects which should be more prominent in policy and practice.

The authors and artists place Antarctica, and the perceptions and knowledge through Antarcticness, within inspirations and imaginations, without losing sight of the multiple interests pushing the continent’s governance as it goes through rapid political and environmental changes. Given the diversity and disparity of the influences and changes, the book’s contributions connect to provide a more coherent and encompassing perspective of how society views Antarctica, scientifically and artistically, and what the continent provides and could provide politically, culturally and environmentally.

Offering original research, art and interpretations of different experiences and explorations of Antarctica, explanations meld with narratives while academic analyses overlap with first-hand experiences of what Antarctica does and does not – could and could not – bring to the world.

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This new title is a companion volume to Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North (also open access), edited by Ilan Kelman. 


Reimagining and Reshaping Events: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Reimagining and Reshaping EventsReimagining and Reshaping EventsWritten by Jeffrey Wrathall and Effie Steriopoulos

Published January 2022 by Goodfellow Publishers

ISBN: 9781911635871 HBK; 9781911635888 PBK; 9781911635895 eBook

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635871-4918

The events industry is undergoing fundamental change and a move towards online and hybrid strategies. Looking to the near future, while still dealing with the pandemic challenges, the ‘new normal’ for the events industry will be characterised by a quite different, transformed, events landscape which will require a thorough reimagining and reshaping of existing methods, techniques and practices.

Reimagining and Reshaping Events: Theoretical and practical perspectives is a unique and user-friendly text which advances managerial views on how the event industry is transforming. Packed with international real-life case studies and examples, it contextualises theory and illustrates how the industry has had to adapt whilst still considering key technological and sustainability issues. The text examines key priorities such as:

  • Theoretical concepts and practical approaches to event delivery
  • Adapting to a changing events landscape utilising technology
  • The design of meaningful experiences considering the environment and sustainability;
  • Case study examples focusing on applied contexts
  • Knowledge advancement based on current industry perspectives
  • Event practitioner profiles leading the way in the future of events
  • Stakeholder engagement and the maintenance of practitioner well-being;
  • Ethical catering choices, environmental and social responsibility;
  • Key sustainability concepts, evaluation methods and industry trends

Written in a user friendly and engaging style, it provides a blend of theory and practice that adopts a practitioner perspective but draws on theory from a broad range of discipline areas.

Key learning features in each chapter include:

  • Learning summaries focusing on key concepts covered;
  • Short vignettes addressing relevant issues and concepts;
  • Discussion questions, key fact highlights and learnings from industry leaders in the field
  • Scenarios and problem solving activities enhancing authentic learning in group collaborative settings
  • End of chapter review questions, workshopping activities, plus further reading and links to websites.

A must-have text, Reimagining and Reshaping Events: Theoretical and practical perspectives is an essential tool for all students, researchers and practitioners of event management.

Jeffrey Wrathall PhD is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Higher Education and Course Leader of the Bachelor of Event Management at William Angliss, Melbourne, Australia. Effie Steriopoulos PhD is a Lecturer of Event Management at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia.

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Socialising Tourism - Rethinking Tourism for Social and Ecological Justice

Socialising TourismSocialising TourismSocialising Tourism

Rethinking Tourism for Social and Ecological Justice

Edited By Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Adam Doering, Bobbie Chew Bigby

ISBN 9780367759223
Published July 30, 2021 by Routledge
294 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

Once touted as the world’s largest industry and also a tool for fostering peace and global understanding, tourism has certainly been a major force shaping our world. The recent COVID-19 crisis has led to calls to transform tourism and reset it along more ethical and sustainable lines. It was in this context that calls to "socialise tourism" emerged (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020). This edited volume builds on this work by employing the term Socialising Tourism as a broad conceptual focal point and guiding term for industry, activists and academics to rethink tourism for social and ecological justice.

Socialising Tourism means reorienting travel and tourism based on the rights, interests, and safeguarding of traditional ecological and cultural knowledges of local peoples, communities and living landscapes. This means making tourism work for the public good and taking seriously the idea of putting the social and ecological before profit and growth as the world re-emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an essential first step for tourism to be made accountable to the limits of the planet. Concepts discussed include Indigenous culture, toxic tourism, a "theory of care", dismantling whiteness, decolonial tourism and animal oppression, among others, all in the context of a post-COVID-19 world.

This will be essential reading for all upper-level students, academics and policymakers in the field of tourism. The Introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF.

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Tourism Dynamics: New perspectives and changing directions - New from Goodfellow Publishers

Tourism DynamicsTourism DynamicsISBN: 9781911635932 HBK; 9781911635949 eBook
DOI: 10.23912/9781911635932-4921

Tourism Dynamics: New perspectives and changing directions provides theoretical and practical insights with a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to the study of tourism and emerging topics that will change the future of the industry, either positively or negatively. It offers a platform for critical discussion and examines emergent controversies within the tourism industry including the growth of alternative business models (e.g. sharing economy business models), travel in light of climate change and human resource ethics given the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), data and algorithms.

With contributions from an international body of academic experts, each chapter highlights and critiques emerging insights and is underpinned with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge.

Issues discussed include risk management awareness; well-being in tourism; the online purchasing process; volunteer tourism; destination resilience and competitiveness and much more.

Tourism Dynamics: New perspectives and changing directions is a must have volume for all tourism and hospitality students and educators, enabling students to enhance their critical thinking skills and educators to reflect on the influences of new directions on the industry.

About the editors: Nikolaos Pappas is Associate Professor in Tourism, Hospitality and Events in the Department of Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism, University of Sunderland, UK. Anna Farmaki is Assistant Professor in Tourism Management Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

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Airbnb Before, During and After COVID-19

Airbnb Before, During and After COVID-19Airbnb Before, During and After COVID-19Edited by Sara Dolnicar
Publisher: The University of Queensland, 2021
241 pages, eISBN: 978-1-74272-321-1

This book explores how Airbnb has developed from its early days as a niche accommodation provider to the alternative traveller segment to a mainstream booking platform for short-term accommodation and other travel-related services. Every chapter discusses three distinct periods of time: the time before, during and after COVID-19. The pandemic has disrupted Airbnb’s growth and expansion trajectory, leading Airbnb to focus once again on the key to its success: local communities.

The book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution and is free to download at: