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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Sustainable Tourism

For a Special Issue on
Tourism, Global crises and Justice

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Raymond Rastegar, University of Queensland
[email protected]

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia
[email protected]

Lisa Ruhanen, University of Queensland
[email protected]

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Tourism, Global crises and Justice

Aim and Scope of the special issue

The COVID-19 crisis has concentrated our minds on the impacts of crises on the very foundations of the tourism phenomenon. It has simultaneously revealed how dependent our economies and societies are on the tourism and hospitality industries and the fragility of such dependence in a globalised world where interdependency equals vulnerability. While studies of crises in tourism have proliferated, with concerns for risk management, recovery and resilience, COVID-19 has exposed the need to think more profoundly on this topic.

While any crisis may exacerbate existing inequalities, the crises of the 21st century are compounding and complicating the ways the impacts unfold and engulf individuals, communities and indeed, the global community. For instance, the climate change crisis disproportionately affects the environment and health of low-income countries and poor people in high-income countries, violating their human rights and social justice (Levy & Patz, 2015; Venn, 2019). Recent events demonstrate that COVID-19 is a health and justice crisis, affecting the most vulnerable individuals among us (Brosemer et al., 2020), including hospitality and gig workers whose labour has been depended on to weather the crisis. With the recent refugee crisis, we are now facing the highest levels of human displacement on record (UN, 2020) which can significantly affect many destinations and tourist experiences (Ivanov & Stavrinoudis, 2018; Zenker, von Wallpach, Braun, & Vallaster, 2019). The environmental and health consequences of crises “threaten civil and political rights and economic, social, and cultural rights, including rights to life, access to safe food and water, health, security, shelter, and culture” (Levy & Patz, 2015, p. 310). This is while tourism is predicted to face even greater challenges in the post-COVID era that can exacerbate existing inequalities and injustice (Jamal & Higham, 2021).

In such circumstances, tourism actors must respond to the sustainability and justice challenges resulting from current and future crises by rethinking, redefining and reorienting tourism (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020). This provides the opportunity for a major transformation by designing more responsible, ethical and sustainable forms of tourism. It is therefore important for tourism decision-making to be based upon sustainability values and justice principles (Rastegar, 2020). In this vein, sustainable tourism must respect the rights, interests and social needs of vulnerable groups and local communities (Boluk, Cavaliere, & Higgins-Desbiolles, 2019; Jamal, 2019; Phelan, Ruhanen, & Mair, 2020). Such a transformation can contribute to the efforts for building a more positive global society post crises (Carr, 2020).

This special issue is in response to the urgent need for ‘research and praxis’ guiding our actions to weave just tourism futures (Jamal & Higham, 2021). The co-editors of this special issue therefore invite theoretical and empirical papers exploring the link between global crises, sustainable tourism and the justice challenges being faced by vulnerable groups, individuals and society. This special issue seeks to contribute to the emerging body of work in this domain through research and empirical studies that address topics including –but not limited to, the following:

  • Tourism policies and sustainable development values
  • Low income, vulnerable and minority groups
  • Stakeholders and power relations
  • Inclusive and equitable approaches in tourism
  • Justice and fairness through tourism
  • Indigenous rights, values and worldviews
  • Meaningful participation in tourism governance
  • Political ecology
  • Ecological and environmental justice
  • Social justice and society’s interface with tourism
  • Feminist approaches to and issues in tourism
  • Global migrations and the unequal rights to travel
  • Research methods and methodologies for justice

Submission Instructions

Expressions of interest are welcome in the form of an extended abstract (1000-1200 words excluding references), by 15 March 2021 to be sent to co-editors, Raymond Rastegar ([email protected]), Freya Higgins-Desbiolles ([email protected]), and Lisa Ruhanen ([email protected]). Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six).  The authors who submit abstracts will be informed on the outcome of abstract review no later than 31 March 2021. For those who are invited to prepare full manuscripts, the deadline for the submission of full papers will be 30 November 2021. All full paper submissions will be subject to the normal peer review processes of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

The Guest Editors welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world to contribute manuscripts for the special issue. Contributors should follow the journal’s “Instructions for Authors”. An invitation from the guest editors to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication.


Expressions of interest/abstract due: 15 March 2021

Accepted/ rejected abstracts notified 31 March 2021

Invited full papers due on or before 30 November 2021

Anticipated special issue publication 30 July 2022

Note that early submissions are welcome and if accepted will be available online well before the full special issue is printed. Accepted papers are published online without delay, in advance of inclusion in the special issue when it is published online and in print.

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