Call for Book Chapters:
Handbook on Tourism, Public Health, and Well-Being

Robin Nunkoo, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Jun Wen, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Metin Kozak, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey

Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2001

The Handbook on Tourism, Public Health, and Well-Being will be published under Edward Elgar’s Research Handbooks in Tourism series.  This timely series brings together critical and thought-provoking contributions on key topics and issues in tourism and hospitality research from a range of management and social science perspectives. Comprising specially-commissioned chapters from leading academics these comprehensive Research Handbooks feature cutting-edge research and are written with a global readership in mind. Equally useful as reference tools or high-level introductions to specific topics, issues, methods and debates, these Research Handbooks will be an essential resource for academic researchers and postgraduate students.

We have secured a contract from Edward Elgar publishers to publish the Handbook on Tourism, Public Health, and Well-Being.  We are now seeking expressions of interest from researchers from around the world to contribute chapters.

Overview of the Book

International travel is inherently risky, and the dangers appear to be rising. Incidents of widespread illness, accidents, and other health-related threats have made headlines throughout the past several decades, with few signs of recovery. Unfortunately, however, many public health institutions and tourism institutions — from local offices to international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation - continue to lag behind in travel-related health interventions and prevention. In an era of globalization and tourism growth, professional knowledge of the consequences of tourism on public health and the interrelationships between them is more crucial than ever.  Yet, studies in this domain are lacking in the academic literature.

This literature gap must be addressed given the growth of tourism and the threat the industry presents to public health and vice-versa. Tourism growth gives rise to new challenges (economic, social, environmental, and otherwise) that can affect residents’ and visitors’ well-being in tourism destinations. As a timely example, the spread of COVID-19 has been partially accelerated by tourists’ travel patterns. The consequences of travel-related risks can also be compounded by destinations’ characteristics; for instance, regional threat responses may be constrained by overarching political and environmental forces. This handbook attempts to give a careful consideration to the interrelationship between tourism, public health, and the well-being of local communities and tourists. Academically grounded insight can guide the tourism industry’s development as diverse stakeholders navigate a uniquely challenging time in travel and health promotion.

Against this backdrop, we invite contributors to propose chapters on a range of topics related to tourism, public health, well-being, and social welfare.  Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following (contributors are encouraged to propose additional chapters):

•       The relationship between tourism development and public health in destinations
•       Governance of tourism, public health, and well-being
•       Political economy of public health and tourism development
•       Public health knowledge and public awareness: Implications for tourism industry development
•       Bridging public health and tourism through interdisciplinary research
•       Exploring the relationship between travel and tourists’ well-being
•       Travel behaviour among tourists with mental disorders
•       Tourist behaviour during disease outbreaks
•       COVID-19: Shifts in tourist behaviour
•       COVID-19: Adapting tourism destination marketing and management
•       COVID-19 and general public health in a tourism context
•       Tourist behaviour during disease outbreaks and its effects on destinations’ public health practices
•       Tourism development as a promoter of social welfare
•       Effects of tourists’ deviant behaviour on social welfare
•       Interdisciplinary research agendas involving tourism, public health, well-being, and social welfare

Chapters are approximately 7000 to 8000 words in length and should be forward looking and innovative.  If you are interested in contributing, please email a short abstract (150 words) to the editors, Dr Robin Nunkoo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Dr Jun Wen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr Metin Kozak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) outlining:

•       Name(s) affiliation(s) and email contact(s) of author(s)
•       Your proposed title


Submission of 150 words abstract: 31 Oct 2020
Submission of full chapter: 28 Feb 2021
Submission of revised chapter: 28 April 2021


General Format of Each Chapter

We would be grateful if your chapter includes:

•       Title which describes the chapter.  For example: ‘Political economy of public health and tourism development’.

•       Authors’ names exactly as you would like them to appear in the book with a brief sentence giving your affiliation, for example: ‘Robin Nunkoo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, University of Mauritius, Mauritius’. His research interests include sustainable tourism, political economy and research methodologies.’

•       An abstract (maximum of 150 words), which highlights the key arguments in the chapter.  Please head this SUMMARY.

Writing Style

The writing style we are trying to achieve is academic, but accessible. We do not want the book to have the pedagogic features of a textbook, so there is no need for self-check ‘Revision’ questions etc.

Style of Each Chapter

Please note:
•       Document Format:  Please provide the text in electronic form as a Word document.  This must be compatible with Office 2010 or earlier (.doc or .docx).  Please note other formats (including Adobe Acrobat) are not acceptable.  The filename should be the surname(s) of all the chapter authors.

•       Main Text: Double spaced, 11 pt, Arial, paginated using European numerals with the first page of the introduction for the chapter being page 1. 
•       Headings. Chapter title should be bold 14 point. First order headings should be in BOLD AND CAPITALS, Second order headings (if necessary) in bold and italics, third order headings (if necessary) in italics.

•       Tables should be word-processed and placed at the end of the chapter in the same file as the chapter. Markers within the text (e.g. “Insert Table 1 near here”) should indicate where the tables are to appear.

•       Figures: Ideally we would like to get figures in their original file format (e.g. jpeg, tif, excel file) rather than pasted into Word as that gives us the highest quality version to work from. Markers within the text (e.g. “Insert Figure 1 near here”) should indicate where the Figurs are to appear.

•       Footnotes. Please avoid the use of footnotes.

•       UK English spelling. UK spelling please.

•       Author-date (Harvard) referencing please.

•       Please note authors are responsible for obtaining written copyright permission for materials used in their chapters as necessary