Tourism Planning & Development Special Issue Call for Papers

Reworking Tourism: Diverse Economies in a Changing World

Tourism Planning & Development

There seems to be little doubt that seismic changes are ahead, not only for tourism but also for the capitalist systems of production and consumption under which tourism has flourished (Burns & Bibbings, 2009; Mosedale, 2016). Climate change, peak oil, increasing social and economic precarity, new mobilities, migrant flows, political division and uncertainty are just some of the issues that are prompting us to rethink the future and to envisage new, alternative economies beyond “business as usual”. This Special Issue Reworking Tourism: Diverse economies in a changing world, aims to open up a new discourse and language, new imaginaries and new actions that explore and concretize alternative forms of tourism.

This call for papers is made to target those among us who seek to challenge path-dependent ways of thinking about tourism phenomena. We seek to, among other things, to explore new modes of exchange, unlock alternative modes of production and consumption (Gibson-Graham, 2008), rethink tourism employment, the role of stakeholders (Ellis & Sheridan, 2014) and what socio-economic participation means. We seek to delve into a post-capitalist landscape (White & Williams, 2012) where we can “take back” the tourism economy. We want to explore, both in theoretical and practical terms, how we can re-centre and re-cast tourism as a tool for building the community resilience that will be needed to navigate the inevitable disruptions in the future. Our aim is to move beyond hollow calls for change, to interrogate the characteristics, successes and challenges of the diverse economies of tourism. In keeping with the aims and scope of Tourism Planning and Development, lessons can be learned and knowledge can be traded between the Global North and South.

In exploring the above opportunities, we invite papers that explore and critically evaluate:

  • New research, case examples and action that challenge traditional models of tourism that adopt neoliberal ideologies such as growth, investment and employment.
  • Models, which are not extractive of community resources, but invest in and support the building of capacity and enterprise nested in resilient communities. 
  • Progressive and innovative approaches to tourism design, delivery, consumption and new notions of enterprise “success”.
  • Indigenous, (de)hegemonic and non-western reflections on “business as usual” tourism. 


To this end, we seek a range of critical and progressive explorations of tourism beyond ‘business as usual’ tourism, in a variety of contexts and in different socio-political systems. Topics might include:

  • Resistant and alternative production and diverse marketplaces
  • The alternative economies of tourism – sharing, collaborative and communitarian logics 
  • Challenging profit - extractive versus restorative models of tourism
  • Reframing development, progress and growth 
  • Diverse transactions in tourism – monetized and non-monetized
  • Redefining host-guest relationships
  • Community currencies and tourism 
  • Tourism, post-capitalism and post-capitalist politics
  • Tourism policy tools and instruments for post-industrial tourism
  • Taking back the tourism economy
  • The end of tourism - radical disruption or incremental change

Key Dates and Submission Information

Key Dates: 
Expressions of Interest: May 1, 2017
Deadline for Manuscript Submission: September 1, 2017
Reviews/Feedback on Manuscript Provided: December 1, 2017
Final Manuscript Due: February 1, 2018
The anticipated publication date is late 2018. Papers will be progressively available online.

Expressions of Interest:
Please submit an abstract (300 - 500 words) to Jenny Cave (email: jenny.cave@waikato.ac.nz) and Dianne Dredge (email: dredge@cgs.aau.dk) outlining the following: a) Title of proposed paper, b) Contributing authors affiliations and contact details, and c) Summary of the proposed manuscript that outlines the purpose, contribution/ significance, and relevance to the special issue. Authors should ensure their submissions reflect the aim and scope of the journal. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. 

Submissions: 
Manuscripts can be theoretical or empirical in nature. Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind review. Submissions to Tourism Planning and Development are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rthp
Papers must be formatted in accordance with Tourism Planning and Development.  To view the complete instructions for authors, click here.

Selected references
Burns, P., & Bibbings, L. (2009). The end of tourism? Climate change and societal challenges. Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 4(1), 31-51 
Ellis, S., & Sheridan, L. (2014). A Critical Reflection on the Role of Stakeholders in Sustainable Tourism Development in Least-Developed Countries. Tourism Planning & Development, 11(4), 467-471.
Gibson-Graham, J. K. (2008). Diverse economies: performative practices for ‘other worlds’. Progress in Human Geography, 32(5), 613-632.
Mosedale, J. T. (2016). Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Tourism. London and New York: Routledge.
White, J. R., & Williams, C. C. (2012). Escaping Capitalist Hegemony: Rereading Western Economies. In D. Shannon, N. A. Anthony & J. Asimakopoulos (Eds.), The Accumulation of Freedom – Writings on Anarchist Economics, eds. (pp. 117-138). Edinburgh: AK Press. 

Editorial information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Jenny Cave, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Dianne Dredge, Aalborg University, Denmark