Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility

Freiburg, Germany: 3rd-6th July 2012

Bournemouth University, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Otago are proud to announce the first call for papers for an international workshop on Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility, to be held in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany from the 3rd  – 6th of July 2012.

In order to mitigate tourism’s contribution to climate change, there is the need for innovations at political, technical and individual levels. Yet, despite a growing contribution to climate change, tourist and traveller behaviour is currently not acknowledged as an important sector within the development of climate policy. Influencing individual behaviour and informing effective governance will require a sound understanding of the psychology and social factors that surround contemporary tourism and travel mobilities.

This workshop aims to explore the psychological and social factors that may contribute to and inhibit sustainable behaviour change in the context of tourist and traveller behaviour. We seek to form a stronger knowledge base and research agenda for the effective governance of tourism’s contribution to climate change.

Abstract submissions are welcome in the following interdisciplinary areas (please see the the workshop’s website<> for more detail):

  • Psychological understandings of climate change and tourism mobilities
  • Behavioural aspects of climate change and tourism mobilities
  • Governance and policies based upon psychological, behavioural and social mechanisms

All delegates are expected to present papers, as authors or co-authors. The development of research co-operations is an expected outcome of the workshop. Please bear in mind that we seek to organize tangible outcomes, including an edited book as well as a special issue of a journal. We thus encourage all participants to submit highly developed papers.

Key dates:

Abstract submission last date: 1st of February 2012

  •  Acceptance of abstracts and registration opens: 15th of March 2012
  • Conference papers due: 15th of June 2012

The scientific advisory board consists of key researchers from the fields of tourism, mobility and sustainable behaviour.

For all information on the workshop, call for abstracts, venue and more, see the workshop’s website<> and the Call Brochure<>.

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