Exploring participatory action research as a driver for sustainable tourism

K Goebel, Celiane Camargo Borges, M Eelderink

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The constantly growing tourism sector does not only bring economic well-being to host communities but also raises environmental and social questions. Communities increasingly experience negative impacts that strain their social, cultural, and ecological living environments. We investigate the potential of a more relational, action-oriented research approach for tourism: Participatory Action Research (PAR). Results show that PAR has the potential to actively involve tourism-affected communities in the decision-making processes that impact their living environments and facilitate them in co-creating community-specific initiatives for sustainable change. Yet, the current role of conventional research approaches hinders PAR in developing its full potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Triple Bottom Line
  • community engagement
  • participatory action research
  • social responsibility
  • sustainability
  • sustainable tourism


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