1st Edition

Gender and Tourism Sustainability

Edited By Claudia Eger, Ana María Munar, Cathy H.C. Hsu Copyright 2023

    This book examines the relationship between gender and sustainability in tourism. Whilst an extensive body of work exists in the areas of gender and sustainability, these two fields of knowledge are seldom combined to examine tourism phenomena.

    When we look at the evolution of tourism, we see that sustainability has become an essential element in educational programmes, policy making and strategic considerations for organisations and destinations. Whilst the beginnings of tourism sustainability were challenging, presently, its relevance is seldom questioned. However, this situation is not the case with gender research. Although gender theorising and research have existed for over a century, and a rich legacy of knowledge exists on this topic, meaningful and respectful engagement with this line of scholarship is thus far peripheral in tourism studies. The aim of this book is to reflect on and rethink the intersection of gender and tourism sustainability through the lens of gender theory and feminist epistemology to stay with the trouble and devise pathways for sustainability gender knowledge.

    This book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and academics in tourism, gender and sustainability, as well as tourism management. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

    Introduction: Gender and tourism sustainability

    Claudia Eger, Ana Maria Munar and Cathy Hsu

    Part I: Troubling Gender and Tourism Sustainability

    1. LGBTIQ + identities in tourism and leisure research: a systematic qualitative literature review

    Faith Ong, Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta and Clifford Lewis

    2. Gendering sustainability’s contradictions: between change and continuity

    Hazel Tucker

    3. Tourists’ water conservation behavior in hotels: the role of gender

    Ana B. Casado-Díaz et al.

    4. An examination of critical determinants of carbon offsetting attitudes: the role of gender

    Gregory Denton, Hengxuan Chi and Dogan Gursoy

    5. Sustainability through the tourism entrepreneurship journey: a gender perspective

    Cristina Figueroa-Domecq et al.

    Part II: Ideology, Social Organising and the Human-Nature Divide

    6. Are we all in this together? Gender intersectionality and sustainable tourism

    Donna Chambers

    7. Defacing: affect and situated knowledges within a rock climbing tourismscape

    Michela J. Stinson and Bryan S. R. Grimwood

    8. Gendering knowledge in tourism: gender (in)equality initiatives in the tourism academy

    Katherine Dashper, Jane Turner and Yana Wengel

    9. Sexual harassment, psychological well-being, and job satisfaction of female tour guides: the effects of social and organizational support

    Zaid Alrawadieh et al.

    10. Gender issues in tourism organisations: insights from a two-phased pragmatic systematic literature review

    Jess Sanggyeong Je, Catheryn Khoo and Elaine Chiao Ling Yang

    Part III: Challenging Gender Norms

    11. The sustainability of gender norms: women over 30 and their physical appearance on holiday

    Jennie Small

    12. Cultivating success: personal, family and societal attributes affecting women in agritourism

    Ann E. Savage, Carla Barbieri and Susan Jakes

    13. The contribution of all-women tours to well-being in middle-aged Muslim women

    Adel Nikjoo et al.

    14. The gendered effects of statecraft on women in tourism: economic sanctions, women’s disempowerment and sustainability?

    Siamak Seyfi, Colin Michael Hall and Tan Vo-Thanh

    15. The social, cultural, economic and political strategies extending women’s territory by encroaching on patriarchal embeddedness in tourism in Nepal

    Wendy Hillman and Kylie Radel


    Claudia Eger is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Her research focuses on business ethics, gender and sustainability in tourism. Her research in different Middle Eastern and African countries addresses concerns of relevance to international organisations and policy makers, striving to inform gender and development strategies.

    Ana María Munar is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Co-chair of the Critical Tourism Studies network. Her research applies philosophical approaches to gender, higher education and tourism. Her gender research combines academic reports and publications, with advocacy and action research projects.

    Cathy H. C. Hsu is Chair Professor at School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research foci include tourist behaviour and stereotypes, as well as resident sentiment. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Management.