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ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018

CFP: Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability
ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018
Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao 27-29 March, 2018
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2017

Chair: Jaeyeon Choe (Centre for Events, Leisure, Society & Culture, Bournemouth University, UK)
Co-chair: Ubaldino Couto (Event Management, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao)


The Asia Pacific region has seen the fastest growing tourism development in the world. Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.

We are extremely excited to hold this conference in Macao, which is marked as a global tourist city. A one hour ferry away from Hong Kong, it has seen rapid tourism economic development through gaming tourism. With 50% of its labour force, migrants, Macao's fascinating mixed Chinese, Portuguese and international culture makes it the perfect location to present papers related to tourism mobilities, migration, social sustainability and future directions. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management. We invite you to submit papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

- (Re)definitions of social sustainability
- Equitable access and the sustainability of the community
- Creating socially sustainable communities
- Migrant quality of life/ community well-being in tourist destinations
- Migrant tourism workers' integration & inclusion
- Migration and tourist community formation
- Conflicts between/intersection of tourists, local residents and migrant workers
- Tourism (im)mobilities, ethics, morals and (in)justice
- Tourism mobilities and border crossings
- Human security, transnationalization and citizenship
- Borders, spatial socialization and subjectification
- Social networks, borders and the allure of tourist destinations
- Gender and mobility in tourism
- Intersectionality, gender and race
- Roles of religion in tourism migration and mobilities
- Religious and spiritual mobilities and tourism
- Migrant leisure spaces, constraints and opportunities
- Academic mobilities
- Social sustainability in ASEAN tourism development
- Social sustainability and future directions
- Island tourism
- Destinations resilience

Scientific Committee:
Chin Ee Ong, National University of Singapore
Cody Paris, Middlesex University Dubai

Kevin Hannam,

Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK
Matthew Yap, University of Macau
Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London
Michael O’ Regan, Bournemouth University, UK
Ploysri Porananond, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


More updates and registration details will soon be here: http://www.atlas-euro.org/Default.aspx?TabID=285

Submission Deadlines:
500 words abstract due: 1 December 2016

Please send your abstracts including your academic affiliation to Leontine Onderwater (
admin@atlas-euro.org).


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Jaeyeon Choe, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Management
Bournemouth University, UK

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society 

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