A Transformative Governance Approach to ‘Solving’ Wicked Tourism Problems

Title: A Transformative Governance Approach to ‘Solving’ Wicked Tourism Problems



In this era of ‘tourisation’, tourism is strongly implicated as both cause and effect in concurrent ‘wicked problems’ such as anthropogenic climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Transformative governance, or governance with capacities to positively influence non-linear change in complex social-ecological systems, is suited to addressing wicked problems, but has been applied only tangentially to tourism. This presentation seeks to better articulate the relationship between transformative governance and tourism as reflected in three relevant contexts, i.e., protected areas, the Olympic Games, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Adaptive cycle and associated panarchy perspectives demonstrate different needs and possibilities for transformative governance in each case. Also considered are the underlying ‘value-scapes’ required for transformative governance to be effective.


About Dr David Weaver:

Dr. David Weaver is Principal Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and has published more than 170 journal articles, book chapters and books. Since his retirement as a Professor at Griffith University, he has maintained an active research agenda in sustainable destination management, ecotourism, and resident perceptions of tourism. Professor Weaver has contributed extensively to leading journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. His widely adopted textbooks include Tourism Management (Wiley Australia, with Laura Lawton), Ecotourism (Wiley Australia), Sustainable Tourism: Theory and Practice (Taylor & Francis) and Sustainable Tourism: An Advanced Introduction (Edward Elgar). He is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, has held a prestigious Yangtse River Scholarship in China, has participated in many international consultancies, and has delivered numerous invited keynote addresses around the world on innovative tourism topics.


Location: GP-B-114 https://qut.zoom.us/j/84040820837?pwd=cU1YcGJxRWpjT29VaTVOdWpLSkNJZz09
Start Date: 10/11/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 12 noon
End Date: 10/11/2021
End Time: 1 PM
RSVP By: Wednesday 10th of November 2021
Organiser: The Centre for Future Enterprise
Enquiries: Anisa Hobaya - future.enterprise@qut.edu.au