10th TOURISM AND LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM "The Future and Research in Tourism"

Dianne Dredge (Speaker)

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


The academy of tourism scholars is growing. It now counts over 2200+ scholars across the world and the community is characterised by the increasing uptake of metrics and performance indicators, albeit under different institutional systems. The increased industrialisation of higher education is associated with increasing emphasis on scholarly outputs, and there are also considerable personal pressures on scholars to perform. Issues of gender inequity and diversity are heightened where higher education policies regulate and homogenise outputs aimed at narrow conceptualizations of "excellent research". In the process, a narrow focus on competition and metrics, rankings and prestige is eating into the very social fabric of the academy that once bought us together. In this presentation I focus on the future of the academy by appreciating its social construction, and the different forms of capital that bind us together. Drawing upon a capitals framework, I examine the role of the tourism academy in tourism studies, and argue that we need to care for the broad academy by placing greater attention of the forgotten capitals including human, cultural and intellectual capitals.
Period27 Mar 2015
Event title10th TOURISM AND LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM "The Future and Research in Tourism": X MATKAILU- JA VAPAA-AJANTUTKIMUKSEN SYMPOSIUM ”Matkailun tulevaisuus ja tutkimus”
Event typeConference
LocationRovaniemi, Finland


  • tourism academy
  • capitals
  • tourism studies
  • higher education policy