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Tourism and Wildlife

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2019

Guest Editors

Dr. Tom Moorhouse, WildCRU, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. David Fennell, Department of Geography & Tourism Studies, Brock University, Canada

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Journal of Sustainable Tourism publishes theoretical, conceptual and empirical research that explores one or more of the economic, social, cultural, political, organisational or environmental aspects of the subject.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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This special issue will include theoretical and empirical papers exploring the impacts of tourism on wildlife. Manuscripts within the special issue will critically evaluate especially the impacts - positive and negative - of current forms and practices of wildlife tourism on the conservation status of wild species, and on the welfare of individual animals. It will establish correlates of good and bad outcomes in both captive and wild settings. The issue will also address tourists’ values and responsibilities, with respect to wildlife tourism, as well as the responsibilities and duties of institutions that act as gatekeepers to wildlife tourism experiences - including the provision of information on impacts to customers and ensuring distribution of benefits among local stakeholders and wildlife.

Adoption of a transdisciplinary approach will guide interested stakeholders, customers, policy makers, travel companies and online platforms, and venue owners, to learn and adapt strategies to improve outcomes for wildlife, local communities and tourists. Manuscripts submitted should focus on the conservation and animal welfare implications of their findings, but are not limited in the scope of the related themes (e.g. ecology, conservation science, welfare science, local livelihoods, social and ecological systems science, governance and institutional arrangements) they address.

Themes for consideration for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Evidence underpinning understanding of correlates of the conservation and welfare impacts (positive and negative) of practices and standards of wildlife tourism venues.
  • Gatekeepers of wildlife tourism experiences: their duties, roles and influence with respect to safeguarding wildlife and livelihoods; current standards and future interventions.
  • Customer attitudes and values with respect to wildlife attractions, and how these interact with existing practices to influence outcomes for wildlife and customer satisfaction.
  • Benefit distribution among local stakeholders and wildlife, and how these relate to conservation and animal welfare outcomes.
  • Transparency and rigour in goal setting and reporting of impacts by wildlife tourism venues; who safeguards standards? The roles of certification, regulation and customer education. 

Submission guidelines

Expressions of interest in contributing a paper to this special issue are invited in the form of a working title and 450-500 words abstract of your proposed paper by October 1, 2019, to be submitted by e-mail to both of the two email addresses (above). Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six). Authors will be notified of the outcome by December 1, 2019.

Full papers will be invited following abstract review. The deadline for the submission of full papers will be August 1, 2020. The special issue is scheduled for publication in early 2021.

The guest 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.
An invitation from the guest editors to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication.
All full paper submissions will be subject to the normal peer review processes of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.