To be included in the book series: Elgar Research Agendas 


A Research Agenda for Peace and Tourism


Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing


Book Editor

Dr Anna Farmaki

Assistant Professor

Department of Hotel and Tourism Management

Cyprus University of Technology

Limassol, Cyprus

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Important Dates

Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st February 2022

Proposal Acceptance Notification: 1st March 2022

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 31st August 2022

Submission of Revised Chapter: 30th November 2022



In recent years, an increase in conflict has been noted across several regions of the world. Given the devastating effects of war and conflict on political governance, economies and social systems, the decline in peacefulness has been alarming. Although the United Nations has included peace as a Sustainable Development Goal in Agenda 2030, it is still unclear how peace can be achieved and maintained. Within this context, tourism has been heralded as a potential contributor to peace due to its ability to minimise existing socio-cultural and psychological gaps between people through travel-induced contact. A valuable body of studies has emerged examining the interface between peace and tourism, yet their findings remain inconclusive with regard to tourism’s role as an agent of peace. As such, tourism has been regarded as a beneficiary of peace rather than a source of peace. Much of the debate rests on the fact that tourism doesn’t necessarily result in meaningful contact between people, with critics suggesting that its role in eradicating the conditions that brought conflict in the first place has been exaggerated. In addition, the capitalistic mechanism on which the global tourism industry lies has been highlighted as further widening existing inequalities between conflicting groups. Evidently, more research is required on the factors that influence the ability of tourism to contribute to peacebuilding. This book will address the current debates and potential routes for the development of research on peace and tourism.



The Research Agenda for Peace and Tourism aims to critically examine the peace and tourism nexus and propose avenues for further research that facilitate understanding of the conditions under which tourism may contribute to peace or, alternatively, hinder the peacebuilding efforts of destinations in conflict. Through a collection of conceptual and empirical chapters that present diverse cases, this book will consider the interface between peace and tourism from a variety of perspectives including economic, socio-psychological and political issues. As such, the book will contribute to the advancement of the research agenda for peace and tourism that may carry implications for local communities, destinations and the wider society whilst enhancing countries’ sustainable development goals.

A non-exhaustive list of potential topics is provided below although chapters focusing on other aspects of peace and tourism are also welcomed:

  • Critical debates surrounding the peace and tourism nexus
  • Peace and tourism research and sustainable development
  • The interface between technology, peace and tourism
  • The role of sports tourism in peacebuilding
  • Gender issues and peace through tourism
  • Media representations of peace and tourism
  • Special and alternative tourism forms (e.g. dark tourism) and peacebuilding
  • Peace through tourism and events
  • Museums and peace through tourism
  • Peace and heritage tourism
  • Tourism education and peace
  • Political economy of tourism and peace
  • The role of tourism businesses and corporate social responsibility in peacebuilding
  • Peace through tourism, inclusivity and justice
  • Epistemological and methodological considerations in peace and tourism research
  • Crises and peace through tourism


Submission Process

Interested authors should email their book proposals to the book editor by the 1st February 2022.

The proposal should include a 500 word abstract in Word format which details the aim of the book chapter, its connection to the broader themes of the book, its contribution to research and how it advances the relevant research agenda. Author(s) should also send a short biography (max.100 words) and contact information (name, position, institution, email and mail).

If accepted, full contributions are expected to be a maximum of 6500 words including references, tables and figures.

Each contribution must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere.