1st Edition

Understanding and Governing Sustainable Tourism Mobility Psychological and Behavioural Approaches

    332 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Despite a growing contribution to climate change, tourist and traveller behaviour is currently not acknowledged as an important sector within the development of climate policy.  Whilst tourists may be increasingly aware of potential impacts on climate change there is evidence that most are unwilling to modify their actual behaviours. Influencing individual behaviour in tourism and informing effective governance is therefore an essential part of climate change mitigation.

    This significant volume is the first to explore the psychological and social factors that may contribute to and inhibit sustainable change in the context of tourist and traveller behaviour. It draws on a range of disciplines to offer a critical review of the psychological understandings and behavioural aspects of climate change and tourism mobilities, in addition to governance and policies based upon psychological, behavioural and social mechanisms. It therefore provides a more informed understanding of how technology, infrastructure and cost distribution can be developed in order to reach stronger mitigation goals whilst ensuring that resistance from consumers for socio-psychological reasons are minimized.

    Written by leading academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and regions this ground breaking volume is essential reading for all those interested in the effective governance of tourism’s contribution to climate change now and in the future.

    1. Why tourism mobility behaviours must change Scott A. Cohen, James E.S. Higham, Paul Peeters and Stefan Gössling  Section 1: Psychological understandings of climate change and tourism mobilities  2. Identity and tourism mobility: An exploration of the attitude-behaviour gap Julia F. Hibbert, Janet E. Dickinson, Stefan Gössling and Susanna Curtin  3. Happiness and limits to sustainable tourism mobility: A new conceptual model Yael Ram, Jeroen Nawijn and Paul Peeters  4. Air travellers’ willingness to donate frequent flyer points for charitable purposes: A Scandinavian case study Eljas Johansson and Stefan Gössling  5. Sociological barriers to developing sustainable discretionary air travel behaviour Scott A. Cohen, James E.S. Higham and Arianne C. Reis  6. ZMET: A psychological approach to understanding unsustainable tourism mobility Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore and Bruce Prideaux 7. The attitude-behaviour gap and the role of information in influencing sustainable mobility in mega-events Acácia C.M. Malhado, Lindemberg Medeiros de Araujo and Rainer Rothfuss Section 2: Behavioural aspects of climate change and tourism mobilities 8. Carbon offsetting: Motives for participation and impacts on travel behaviour Eke Eijgelaar and Danny de Kinderen  9. Understanding temporal rhythms and travel behaviour at destinations: Potential ways to achieve more sustainable travel Janet E. Dickinson, Viachaslau Filimonau, Tom Cherrett, Nigel Davies, Sarah Norgate, Chris Speed and Chris Winstanley  10. Individual life-style as determinant for sustainable tourism mobility: A transport planning perspective Werner Gronau  11. Developing a long term global tourism transport model using a behavioural approach: Implications for sustainable tourism policy making Paul Peeters 12. Promoting public transport in tourism Diem-Trinh Le-Klähn, C. Micheal Hall and Regina Gerike 13. Understanding tourists’ perception of distance: A key to reducing the environmental impacts of tourism mobility Gunvor Riber Larsen and Jo W. Guiver Section 3: Governance and policies based upon psychological, behavioural and social mechanisms 14. Towards a New Model for Communicating Climate Change Sander van der Linden  14. Framing behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism consumption: Beyond neoliberalism, “nudging” and “green growth”? C. Michael Hall  15. New governance models for behaviour change in tourism mobilities: A research agenda Stefan Gössling, Paul Peeters, James E.S. Higham and Scott A. Cohen


    Scott A. Cohen is a senior lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of  Surrey, UK. He primarily researches sociological and consumer behaviour issues in tourism, leisure and mobility contexts, with a particular interest in the impacts of air travel on climate change.

    James E.S. Higham holds the position of professor, Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand, and visiting professor of sustainable tourism, Norwegian School of Hotel Management, Norway. His research interests address tourism and global environmental change across global-local scales of analysis, with a specific focus at present on global climate change, personal aeromobility and behaviour change.

    Paul Peeters is associate professor at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. His research specialises on the impacts of tourism on the environment in general and climate change in particular.

    Stefan Gössling is a professor at the Department of Service Management, Lund University, and the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, both Sweden. His current main research interests include transport systems, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and mobility consumption.

    “In conclusion, Understanding and Governing Sustainable Tourism Mobility provides a mix of empirically tested phenomenological findings on tourism mobility, psychological constraints, and tourist mobility trends, while identifying the flaws of current travelling behaviours and the opportunities for more sustainable modes of travel.” – Alberto Amore, University of Canterbury, New Zealand