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Methodological and theoretical advancements in social impacts assessment within Tourism

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: Friday, December 13th, 2019

Special Issue Editors

Manuel Alector Ribeiro, University of Surrey, UK

Kyle Maurice Woosnam, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

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Few can argue with the fact that considering residents’ perspectives is crucial in planning and managing for successful sustainable tourism development (Choi & Sirakaya, 2005; Nunkoo, Smith, & Ramkissoon, 2013; Ribeiro, Pinto, Silva, & Woosnam, 2018). Who else could have a closer perspective on the matter than those directly impacted by tourism on a daily basis? This is evident in the emerging work on visitor-resident relations in developing resilience (Cheung & Li, 2019), residents’ self-reflection as travellers (Woosnam, Draper, Jiang, Aleshinloye, & Erul, 2018), residents’ and tourists’ quality of life (Uysal, Sirgy, Woo, & Kim, 2016) and residents’ trust in government (Nunkoo, 2015).

As we move into the fifth decade of research focused on impacts and residents’ attitudes concerning tourism, a need exists to continue the advancement of this area of research in the way of theoretical development and testing and research methods. We challenge authors to move past the traditional, case-based papers that focus on one specific destination and one particular theory (e.g., social exchange theory or others) and embrace an understanding that a single setting or framework is typically not sufficient in explaining how/why residents arrive at the perceptions they do (Ward & Berno, 2011). In undertaking this call, we need to consider newly evolving methods across various designs that help advance this line of research in a deeper and more holistic manner.

In this context, it is evident that past studies lack strong theoretical and methodological approaches to assess social impacts of tourism over time, which are important to inform policy decisions in order to mitigate the negative social impacts of tourism. In this sense, there is need for studies in social impacts assessment that use more current and innovative theoretical foundations and impactful methodologies to advance this area of research (Deery, Jago, & Fredline, 2012; Font & McCabe, 2017; Nunkoo et al., 2013). Given this information, it is apparent that novel research is needed to address the following areas listed below. 

Invited topical areas but not limited to:

  • state of research methods in social impacts assessment
  • state of theoretical development and theoretical testing in social impacts and residents’ attitudes research
  • conceptual papers on the advancement of social impacts and residents’ attitudes research
  • challenges and constraints in understanding social impacts and residents’ attitudes research
  • conceptual and/or theoretical frameworks to assess resident-tourist relationships
  • cross-cultural/multi-destinations social impact assessment using advanced methodologies
  • methodological advancements (e.g., mixed methods, quasi-experimental design or longitudinal/latent growth modeling) to assess social impacts (or resident-tourist relationships) trajectory over time
  • use of netnography to examine perceptions of social impacts of tourism
  • multi-level modelling to assess multi-stakeholders’ perceptions of social impacts
  • new scales/tools to measure social impacts of tourism    

Submission guidelines

To submit an abstract for consideration of this special issue, please send a 500-word abstract along with author name(s), affiliations, contact information and addresses, name of corresponding author, plus list of references cited to the Guest Editors Manuel Alector Ribeiro (m.ribeiro@surrey.ac.uk) and Kyle Maurice Woosnam (woosnam@uga.edu).


Abstracts are due by Friday, December 13th, 2019.

Authors will be notified by Friday, January 10th, 2020.

Manuscripts are due by Friday, July 10th, 2020.

Editors welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world to contribute manuscripts for the special issue. Contributors have to follow the Journal’s Instructions for Authors.