Using a political ecology approach for large scale tourism management

About the Project

This paper uses the theoretical context of political ecology as an in-depth way to examine and offer insight into factors affecting destination management and conservation on a larger scale where strict environmental measures are not in place. This case study used a mixed methods approach of both surveys and interviews to examine the Lake Simcoe Watershed in Ontario, Canada. First, quantitative online surveys were sent to local governments, NGOs, and recreation and tourism businesses in the region in order to assess key concerns and issues from multiple groups. Second, 39 semi-structured interviews were then conducted with key stakeholders.


About the Researcher

Professor Rachel Dodds specializes in sustainable tourism development. Her research is focused on assessing, analyzing and working with multiple stakeholders on tourism planning, policy and development.

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