Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change

Alan A. Lew, Joseph Martin Cheer

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    In recent years, resilience theory has come to occupy the core of our understanding and management of the adaptive capacity of people and places in complex social and environmental systems. Despite this, tourism scholars have been slow to adopt resilience concepts, at a time when the emergence of new frameworks and applications is pressing.

    Drawing on original empirical and theoretical insights in resilience thinking, this book explores how tourism communities and economies respond to environmental changes, both fast (natural hazard disasters) and slow (incremental shifts). It explores how tourism places adapt, change, and sometimes transform (or not) in relation to their environmental context, with an awareness of intersection with societal dynamics and links to political, economic and social drivers of change. Contributions draw on empirical research conducted in a range of international settings, including indigenous communities, to explore the complexity and gradations of environmental change encounters and resilience planning responses in a range of tourism contexts.

    As the first book to specifically focus on environmental change from a resilience perspective, this timely and original work makes a critical contribution to tourism studies, tourism management and environmental geography, as well as environmental sciences and development studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    Number of pages324
    ISBN (Print)9781138206793
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

    Publication series

    NameAdvances In Tourism


    • Tourism
    • tourism geographies
    • resilience
    • environmental change
    • community development

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