As researchers in emerging economies, scientists are often the first foreign visitors to stay in remote rural areas and, on occasion, form joint venture ecotourism and community tourism projects or poverty alleviation schemes between local agencies or NGOs, the local community, and their home institution or agency. They therefore can contribute to avenues for the conservation of natural resources and the development of rural communities as well as influencing the future tourism development through its perceived legitimacy and the destination image it promotes.
This book for the first time critically reviews tourism debates surrounding this emerging market of scientific and research oriented tourism. It is divided into three inter-related sections. Section 1 sets the stage of the discourse of scientific research in tourism; Section 2 evaluates the key players of scientific tourism looking particularly at the roles of NGOs, government agencies and university academic staff and Section 3 contains case studies documenting the niche of researchers as travelers in a range of geographical locations including Tanzania, Australia, Chile, Peru and Mexico. The title’s multidisciplinary approach provides an informed, interesting and stimulating addition to the existing limited literature and raises many issues and associated questions including the role of science tourism in tourism development and expansion, the impacts of scientific and research-based tourism, travel behaviors and motivations of researchers to name but a few.
This significant volume will provide the reader with a better understanding of scientists as travelers, their relationship to the tourism industry, and the role they play in community development around tourism sites. It will be valuable reading for students and academics across the fields of Tourism, Geography and Development Studies as well as other social science disciplines.
Introduction by Andrew Holden Part 1: Setting the Stage 1. Why Are You Here? Toward reflexivity, positionality and multivocality at the intersections of research and tourism Laura B. Johnson 2. Science and Nature Discourse in Ecotourism Jayne Fenton-Keane 3. Research as a Forefront to Tourism: Understanding conservation as a catalyst for ecotourism Susan L. Slocum and Carol Kline Part II: The Players 4. Exploring the Travel Policies of Conservation and Development Professionals Carol Kline and Susan L. Slocum 5. Exploring the Decision-making of the University Scientific Market Jason R. Swanson, Carol Kline and Susan L. Slocum 6. The International Tourism Demand of Academic Teachers and Researchers João Paulo Cerdeira Bento Part III: Case Studies 7. Scientific Tourists: A community’s perspective into research travel behaviours Susan L. Slocum and Kenneth F. Backman 8. Scientific Tourism and Sustainable Development in the Aysén Region of Chile Keith Bosak 9. The Motivations of Medical Volunteer Tourists and a Discussion of the Underlying Ethics: A qualitative case study from Cusco, Peru Jane Godfrey, Stephen Wearing and Nico Schulenkorf 10. Field Biologists as the First and Ultimate (Eco) Tourists: Selva Lacandona and beyond David Dumoulin Kervran 11. An Australian Wildlife Tourism and Research Network Ronda J Green and Peter Wood Conclusion Susan L. Slocum and Carol Kline