A Research Agenda for the Social Impact of Tourism



Dr Robin Nunkoo

Department of Management, Faculty of Law and Management

University of Mauritius


Dr Thanika Devi Juwaheer

Department of Management, Faculty of Law and Management

University of Mauritius


Publisher: Edward Elgar


Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential research directions. They are relevant but also visionary. Forward-looking and innovative, Elgar Research Agendas are an essential resource for PhD students, scholars and anybody who wants to be at the forefront of research.


We have secured a contract from Edward Elgar publishers to publish A Research Agenda for the Social Impact of Tourism.  We are now seeking expressions of interest from researchers from around the world to contribute chapters.


Overview of the Book


Tourism is a major contributor to economic development, generates income and foreign exchange, creates new employment opportunities for local people, and helps diversify the local economy.  The tourism sector has also been considered as a vehicle for preserving the environment, culture, and heritage of the host destination. In view of the economic, environmental, and sociocultural implications of tourism development, residents often consider the sector as a way of strengthening the local economy and improving their quality of life.  However, development of tourism is also accompanied by several economic, social, cultural, and environmental costs that affect the lives of local residents.  The tourism sector has been found to disturb, disrupt, and destroy local communities and bring changes that negatively affect residents’ daily lives.  The negative consequences of tourism development have led to growing concerns for the conservation and preservation of natural resources, human well-being, and the long-term economic prosperity of host communities.


With the above as background, we are inviting contributors to propose chapters on a wide range of different topics on the social impacts of tourism and related themes.  Suggested topics include, but are not limited to (contributors are encouraged to propose additional chapters to the editors):


  • Theoretical foundation of tourism social impact research
  • Social impacts and sustainable tourism
  • Methodological foundations of tourism social impact research
  • Conceptual development in tourism social impact research
  • Philosophical underpinning of tourism social impact research
  • Residents attitudes toward tourism
  • Covid-19 and social impact research
  • Governance for sustainable tourism
  • Community-based tourism development


Chapters are approximately 4000 to 5000 words in length and should be forward looking and innovative: each chapter should discuss the current state of knowledge on the proposed topic, its limitations, and a solid discussion on future research directions. 


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.) and Dr T. D. Juwaheer (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: 30 April 2021