Scott Cohen

Professor Scott Cohen

Professor of Tourism and Transport, School Director of Research, Head of Department of Tourism and Transport
+44 (0)1483 683985
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Areas of specialism

Autonomous vehicles; Business travel; Hypermobility; Lifestyle mobilities; Sustainable transport

University roles and responsibilities

  • Director of Research - School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Head of Department of Tourism and Transport

My qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Biology
The University of Georgia, USA
Master of Business in International Tourism Management
The University of Queensland, Australia
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Otago, New Zealand
Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision
Bournemouth University, UK
Postgraduate Certificate in Education Practice
Bournemouth University, UK

Previous roles

2015 - 2019
Deputy Director of Research
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
2016 - 2018
Head of Department of Tourism and Events
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
2015 - 2016
Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Visitor Economy Research Group Leader
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
2014 - 2016
Management Pathway Co-ordinator
ESRC Southeast Doctoral Training Centre
2014 - 2015
Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
2012 - 2014
Head of Doctoral Programmes
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Affiliations and memberships

International Association for China Tourism Studies
Higher Education Academy (UK)

Academic networks


Research interests


Postgraduate research supervision

My teaching

My publications


Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen S, Eijgelaar E, Gossling S, Higham J, ...., Scott D (2015) On climate change skepticism and denial in tourism,Journal of Sustainable Tourism 23 (1) pp. 4-25
The period leading to and immediately after the release of the IPCC?s fifth series of climate change assessments saw substantial efforts by climate change denial interests to portray anthropogenic climate change (ACC) as either unproven theory or a negligible contribution to natural climate variability, including the relationship between tourism and climate change. This paper responds to those claims by stressing that the extent of scientific consensus suggests that human-induced warming of the climate system is unequivocal. Secondly, it responds in the context of tourism research and ACC, highlighting tourism?s significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as climate change?s potential impacts on tourism at different scales. The paper exposes the tactics used in ACC denial papers to question climate change science by referring to non-peer reviewed literature, outlier studies and misinterpretation of research, as well as potential links to think-tanks and interest groups. The paper concludes that climate change science does need to improve its communication strategies but that the world-view of some individuals and interests likely precludes acceptance. The connection between ACC and sustainability illustrates the need for debate on adaptation and mitigation strategies, but that debate needs to be grounded in scientific principles not unsupported skepticism.
Cohen SA (2013) A portrait of Erik Cohen, Anatolia: an international journal of tourism and hospitality research 24 (1) pp. 104-111
When Editor-in-Chief of Anatolia, Metin Kozak, asked me in early 2013 to write a portrait of Erik Cohen, who is the George S. Wise Professor of Sociology (emeritus) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the most recent winner of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge, I was attracted to the idea, but also rather hesitant. I hesitated because I worried over giving a just picture of a foundational scholar who had contributed to building the field of tourism studies for more than forty years, and who showed no signs of slowing down the pace or magnitude of his contributions, despite now being more than eighty years old. My first ever communication with Erik was only in late 2010, and during the two plus years I had corresponded with him, I had quickly come to know his meticulousness in his scholarship and in his attention to the social world.

Yet I without doubt saw the importance and necessity of writing this portrait, not only because Erik is an internationally well-recognised scholar in the field of tourism, but also because there is only piecemeal biographical information available about him in the public domain. As a consequence, Erik?s biographical history, and for that matter, even photos of him, are somewhat elusive, which is problematic for newer generations of scholars wishing to know more about the person behind several of the seminal publications that contributed to steering tourism studies. An up-to-date profile of Erik is not to be found presently on any university website, or on sites such as or LinkedIn. A Google Images search returns a couple of abstracted photos of him, unaccompanied by any recent biographical information. Published work on Erik?s life is limited to his own reflective chapter in Dennison Nash?s (2007, p. 51) edited collection The Study of Tourism: Anthropological and Sociological Beginnings, where he gives a thorough account of how tourism emerged for him ?from a merely marginal interest during [much earlier] field work? to becoming ?the point of departure for a life-long preoccupation with tourists?; an encyclopaedic entry on him authored by Nelson Graburn (2003) in the Biographical Dictionary of Anthropology; and a recent autoethnographical account (Cohen 2012a) of his experience during the 2011 Bangkok flood. The significance of a lack of an overall portrait of Erik?s academic life to date is compounded by his mo

Hall, CM, Amelung B, Cohen SA, Eijgelaar E, Gossling S, Higham J, ..., Weaver D (2015) No time for smokescreen skepticism: A rejoinder to Shani and Arad, Tourism Management 47 pp. 341-347
Shani and Arad (2014) claimed that tourism scholars tend to endorse the most pessimistic assessments regarding climate change, and that anthropogenic climate change was a ?fashionable? and ?highly controversial scientific topic?. This brief rejoinder provides the balance that is missing from such climate change denial and skepticism studies on climate change and tourism. Recent research provides substantial evidence that reports on anthropogenic climate change are accurate, and that human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including from the tourism industry, play a significant role in climate change. Some positive net effects may be experienced by some destinations in the short-term, but in the long-term all elements of the tourism system will be impacted. The expansion of tourism emissions at a rate greater than efficiency gains means that it is increasingly urgent that the tourism sector acknowledge, accept and respond to climate change. Debate on tourism-related adaptation and mitigation measures is to be encouraged and welcomed. Climate change denial is not.
Cohen SA (2010) Chasing a myth? Searching for 'self' through lifestyle travel,Tourist Studies 10 (2) pp. 117-133
This paper problematises the concept of searching for self in the context of lifestyle travellers ? individuals for whom extended leisure travel is a preferred lifestyle that they return to repeatedly. Qualitative findings on the search for self from in-depth semi-structured interviews with lifestyle travellers in northern India and southern Thailand are considered in light of opposing academic perspectives on self. The study reveals a theoretical tension that exists between lifestyle travellers who may seek a unified sense of self, underpinned by the essentialist position that one?s ?true self? exists, and contrasting widely held academic viewpoints that instead conceptualise embodied selves as relational and open to multiple performances.
Gössling S, Cohen SA (2014) Why sustainable transport policies will fail:
EU climate policy in the light of transport taboos
Journal of Transport Geography 39 pp. 197-207
There is widespread consensus that current climate policy for passenger transportation is insufficient to achieve significant emission reductions in line with global climate stabilization goals. This article consequently has a starting point in the notion of ?path dependency? (Schwanen, Banister and Anable 2011) and an observed ?implementation gap? (Banister and Hickman 2012), suggesting that significant mitigation policies for transport do not emerge in the European Union because of various interlinked ?transport taboos?, i.e. barriers to the design, acceptance and implementation of such transport policies that remain unaddressed as they constitute political risk. The paper argues that without addressing transport taboos, such as highly unequal individual contributions to transport volumes and emissions, social inequality of planned market-based measures, the role of lobbyism, and the various social and psychological functions of mobility, it will remain difficult to achieve significant emission reductions in passenger transport. Yet, transport taboos remain largely ignored among EU policy makers because their discussion would violate ?order?, i.e. harm specific interests within neoliberal governance structures and the societal foundations and structures of transport systems built on these.
Cohen SA (2016) Hypermobile business and leisure lifestyles: Will wellbeing concerns stimulate environmental co-benefits?,In: Hopkins D, Higham J (eds.), Low Carbon Mobility Transitions Goodfellow
Cohen SA (2015) Drifter, tourist, In: Jafari J, Xiao H (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Tourism Springer
Cohen SA (2010) Searching for escape, authenticity and identity: Experiences of 'lifestyle travellers',In: Morgan M, Lugosi P, Ritchie JRB (eds.), The Tourism and Leisure Experience: Consumer
and Managerial Perspectives
pp. 27-42 Channel View
Gössling S, Cohen SA, Hibbert J (2016) Tourism as connectedness,Current Issues in Tourism
Late modernity in developed nations is characterized by changing social and psychological conditions, including individualization, processes of competition and loneliness. Remaining socially connected is becoming increasingly important. In this situation, travel provides meaning through physical encounters, inclusion in traveller Gemeinschaft based on shared norms, beliefs and interests, and social status in societies increasingly defined by mobilities. As relationships are forged and found in mobility, travel is no longer an option, rather a necessity for sociality, identity construction, affirmation or alteration. Social contexts and the underlying motivations for tourism have changed fundamentally in late modernity: non-tourism has become a threat to self-conceptions. By integrating social and psychological perspectives, this paper expands and deepens existing travel and mobilities discussions to advance the understanding of tourism as a mechanism of social connectedness, and points to implications for future tourism research.
Cohen SA (2008) Know thyself? Assimilating the classical leisure ideal, self-actualisation, or experience, and existential authenticity,In: Gilchrist P, Wheaton B (eds.), Whatever happened to the Leisure Society? Theory, Debate and Policy pp. 165-180 Leisure Studies Association
Cohen SA, Higham JES, Peeters P, Gossling S (2014) Why tourism mobility behaviours must change, In: Cohen SA, Higham JES, Peeters P, Gossling S (eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches pp. 1-11 Routledge
Cohen SA, Higham JES (2012) Contradictions in climate concern: Performances of home and away,In: Reddy MV, Wilkes K (eds.), Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability pp. 257-270 Routledge
There is a burgeoning body of academic literature (e.g. Becken, 2007; Gössling et al, 2006;
Hares et al, 2010) that examines if and how consumer concern about climate change
manifests itself in tourist behavioural practices. These works build on a wealth of previous
studies that consider how consumer concern over issues of sustainable development may also
affect tourist behaviour. Indeed, whilst tourism?s climate impacts have lately been a hot topic,
there is no doubt that issues of climate change are within the remit of, and need to be
considered alongside, wider discourses of sustainable development (Weaver, 2011).
Recent research focussed explicitly on the climate impacts of tourism and associated
tourism transport reflects the realisation in the academy that the tourism industry,
characterised by energy-intensive consumption, is a significant contributor to accelerating
global climate change. Despite the claim, however, that tourism is increasingly blended into
the fabric of everyday life (Edensor, 2007), the mass of tourism still largely occurs as a
bounded experience outside the rhythms of the day-to-day, which is both extraordinary and
often involving conspicuous consumption. With tourism often experienced as an event set
apart from the day-to-day, it is unsurprising that few studies, with the notable exception of
Barr et al (2010), have sought to understand tourist environmental concern in relation to a
wider scope of everyday lives and daily decision-making.
The present chapter seeks to further understandings of how tourism consumption, and
its consequent carbon emissions, are made sense of and justified by consumers in relation to
everyday life decisions. Based on 30 open-ended, semi-structured interviews carried out in
the United Kingdom and Norway in 2009, the chapter illustrates consistencies and
inconsistencies in the climate sensitivities of UK and Norwegian consumers in relation to
both everyday domestic (home) and tourism (away) practices. Modern theory on tourism as
liminoid space (Turner, 1982) and postmodern theory that suggests personal identity (and
consequently behaviour) is inconsistent and performed differently across varying contexts
(Bell, 2008; Edensor, 2001) are used as complementary explanatory devices for
understanding some of the participants? seemingly contradictory consumption decisions. The
research consequently reveals significant paradoxes in consumer climate sensitivities
between the everyday and holidays. These find
Palovic, Z, Kam, S, Janta, H, Cohen SA, Williams, A (2014) Surrey Think Tank ? Reconceptualising Visiting Friends & Relatives (VFR) Travel,Journal of Destination Marketing & Management 2 (14) pp. 266-268
This paper summarizes the major outcomes of the Surrey Tourism Research Center?s ?Reconceptualising Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR Travel)? think tank held on July 13th 2013, at the University of Surrey in Guildford, U.K. This conference communication will briefly highlight the context, approach and main discussion themes of the event. In addition, it will summarize the implications and key outcomes, leading to the identification of further research topics.
Carr N, Cohen SA (2011) The public face of zoos: Images of entertainment, education, and conservation, Anthrozoös 24 (2) pp. 175-189
The contemporary justification for zoos is based on their ability to act as sites of wildlife conservation. Alongside this is the reality that zoos have historically been defined as sites for the entertainment of the general public and continue to be dependent on the revenue raised through visitor receipts. Consequently, zoos are, today, identified as sites of conservation, research, education, and entertainment. In recognition of this, the aim of our research was to assess the image that zoos are currently portraying to the general public, to see how the different roles are advertised and how they sit alongside one another. The data were gathered via a content and semiotic analysis of the websites of 54 zoos spread throughout the world. The results indicate that the image zoos present to the public whilst incorporating a strong conservation message lacks depth. In addition, the image zoos present via their websites has a strong emphasis on entertainment. Based on the results of this paper, it is suggested that zoos need to present their conservation credentials in more detail and ensure the entertainment message does not adversely affect transmission of the conservation or education one whilst at the same time continuing to attract sufficient visitors to ensure the economic viability of zoos. In addition, it is recognized that changing public perceptions of zoos requires these institutions to act together rather than independently when determining the overarching theme of the ?zoo.?
Accelerating global climate change poses considerable challenges to all
societies and economies. The European Union now targets a 20% reduction in CO2
emissions by 2020. Indeed, the Labour-led Norwegian government is committed to
carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2030. Aviation has been
identified as a rapidly growing contributor to CO2 emissions. This article reports on a
research project that explored Norwegian attitudes towards climate change,
particularly as they relate to extreme long-haul air travel to Aotearoa/New Zealand. It
reveals that the ?dream trip? to New Zealand for Norwegians is still largely intact. It
also finds evidence of ?air travel with a carbon conscience? arising from growing
concern for high frequency discretionary air travel. Evidence of denial of the climate
impact of air travel that recent studies have revealed was largely absent. Interviewees
expressed a greater concern for short-haul air travel emissions than for the climate
impact of long-haul travel. However, intentions to adapt long-haul travel behaviours
were expressed, highlighting the need to monitor consumer attitudes towards the
impact of air travel on climate change. We conclude that Norway is a vanguard
European tourism market in terms of climate sensitivity.
Cohen SA, Higham JES (2011) Eyes wide shut? UK consumer perceptions on aviation climate impacts and travel decisions to New Zealand,Current Issues in Tourism 14 (4) pp. 323-335
The purview of climate change concern has implicated air travel, as evidenced in a growing body of academic literature concerned with aviation CO2 emissions. This article assesses the relevance of climate change to long haul air travel decisions to New Zealand for United Kingdom consumers. Based on 15 semi-structured open-ended interviews conducted in Bournemouth, UK during June 2009, it was found that participants were unlikely to forgo potential travel decisions to New Zealand because of concern over air travel emissions. Underpinning the interviewees? understandings and responses to air travel?s climate impact was a spectrum of awareness and attitudes to air travel and climate change. This spectrum ranged from individuals who were unaware of air travel?s climate impact to those who were beginning to consume air travel with a
?carbon conscience?. Within this spectrum were some who were aware of the impact but not willing to change their travel behaviours at all. Rather than implicating long haul air travel, the empirical evidence instead exemplifies changing perceptions towards frequent short haul air travel and voices calls for both government and media in the UK to deliver more concrete messages on air travel?s climate impact.
Gossling S, Peeters P, Higham JES, Cohen SA (2014) New governance models for behaviour change in tourism mobilities: A research agenda, In: Cohen SA, Higham JES, Peeters P, Gossling S (eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches pp. 300-305 Routledge
Cohen E, Cohen SA (2015) Tourism mobilities from emerging world regions: A response to commentaries, Current Issues in Tourism 18 (1) pp. 68-69
Higham JES, Cohen SA (2010) Kerry Packer: World Series Cricket (WSC) and the (r)evolution of modern sport-related tourism, In: Butler R, Russell R (eds.), Giants of Tourism pp. 182-197 CABI
Duncan, T, Cohen SA, Thulemark, M (2013) Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration, Ashgate
Being mobile in today's world is influenced by many aspects including transnational ties, increased ease of access to transport, growing accessibility to technology, knowledge and information and changing socio-cultural outlooks and values. These factors can all engender a (re)formation of our everyday life and moving - as and for lifestyle - has, in many ways, become both easier and much more complex.
This book highlights the crossroads between concepts of lifestyle and the growing body of work on 'mobilities'. The study of lifestyle offers a lens through which to study the kinds of moorings, dwellings, repetitions and routines around which mobilities become socially, culturally and politically meaningful. Bringing together scholars from geography, sociology, tourism, history and beyond, the authors illustrate the breadth and richness of mobilities research through the concept of lifestyle.
Organised into four sections, the book begins by dealing with aspects of bodily performance through lifestyle mobility. Section two then looks at how we can use mobile methods within social research, whilst section three explores issues surrounding ideas of mobility, immobility and belonging. Finally, section four draws together a number of chapters that focus on the complexities of identity within mobility.
Often drawing on ethnographic research, contributors all share one common feature: they are at the forefront of research into lifestyle mobilities.
Gössling S, Cohen SA, Hares A (2016) Inside the black box: EU policy officers' perspectives on transport and climate change mitigation,Journal of Transport Geography 57 pp. 83-93
Transport is a significant and growing contributor to climate change. To stay within ?safe? global warming guardrails requires substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. This represents a global political consensus, but there is evidence that current legislation in the transport sector is not significant enough to achieve medium- and longer-term reduction goals. In focusing on the European Union, this paper investigates the perspectives of twelve policy officers in three Directorates-General (MOVE, CLIMA, ENV) of the European Commission with regard to their understanding of mitigation goals and timelines, responsibilities for policy development and implementation, and perceived efficiencies of these policies to achieve climate objectives in the transport sector. Results indicate diverging and common views on climate policy goals and political responsibilities, as well as barriers to policy-making, including lack of political leadership on climate change mitigation, resistance from member states, the favoring of economic growth over cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, pressure from industry and lobby groups, preferential treatment of aero- and automobility over more sustainable transport modes, policy implementation delays, insufficient forecasting and monitoring tools, and an overreliance on technologies to contribute to emission reductions. In offering a view inside the ?black box? of transport policy-making, the paper reveals fundamental institutional (structural) and individual (agency-based) barriers that will have to be overcome if significant emission cuts in the transport sector are to be achieved
Cohen E, Cohen SA (2012) Authentication: Hot and cool,Annals of Tourism Research 39 (3) pp. 1295-1314
Seeking to shift the discussion of the concept of authenticity in tourism scholarship from the dominant concern with tourist experiences to the more sociological problem of the processes of authentication of tourist attractions, we conceptualize two analytically distinct, but practically often intersecting, modes of authentication of attractions, ?cool? and ?hot?. Through a range of examples, we demonstrate the implications of the two modes for the dynamics of the constitution of tourist attractions, examine their interaction, and illustrate how "cool" and "hot" authentication can be conducive to different types of personal experiences of authenticity. We furthermore explore the crucial question of who is authorized to authenticate tourist attractions, and thereby uncover issues of power and contestation in the politics of authentication.
Arcodia C, Cohen SA, Dickson, C (2012) Accrediting sustainable event practice, In: Fayos-solà E (eds.), Knowledge Management in Tourism: Policy and Governance Applications pp. 209-218 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
While sustainability issues in the tourism industry have been the subject of substantial research, such issues have not been well discussed in the field of events which is increasingly supporting tourism plans. The environmental sustainability of events in particular has not been thoroughly addressed, and sustainable tourism accreditation schemes have generally omitted events from their scope. Green Globe, an environmental accreditation scheme for tourism, suggests 25 different types of schemes to benchmark different sectors of the industry but fails to directly address events. This chapter evaluates the adaptability of Green Globe's environmental accreditation scheme to the event sector. Eight different indicators can be applied to special events. Six are suitable for events in their current state while two others require some adjustment.
Cohen SA (2013) Leisure, identities and personal growth,In: Elkington S, Gammon S (eds.), Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure: Meanings, Motives and Lifelong Learning pp. 197-206 Routledge
Thulemark M, Duncan T, Cohen SA (2013) Lifestyle mobilities: Conclusions and future research, In: Duncan T, Cohen SA, Thulemark M (eds.), Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration pp. 253-259 Ashgate
Higham J, Reis AC, Cohen SA (2016) Australian climate concern and the ?attitude-behaviour gap?, Current Issues in Tourism 19 (4) pp. 338-354
Anthropogenic climate change poses considerable challenges to all societies and economies. One significant contributor to human-induced climate change is tourism transportation, particularly aviation. This paper addresses the relationship between climate change concerns, the energy-intensive nature of tourist consumption, and unrestrained tourist air travel behaviour in the context of Australia. Following Barr, Shaw, Coles and Prillwitz (2010), it seeks to understand public climate concern within the context of routine everyday (?home?) lives and occasional tourist (?away?) decision-making, with a specific focus on air travel. It draws upon 20 in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted in Australia between March and June 2011. The findings highlight the contradictory nature of environmental concerns and consumption decisions in everyday and tourist contexts. This is evident in widespread domestic consumer practices that are motivated, all or in large part, by climate concerns, set against almost complete disregard and neglect of responsibility to modify existing air travel practices. Our results highlight the magnitude of the challenge involved in shifting deeply entrenched air travel behaviours despite the growing urgency of radical emission reductions. It also highlights the need to consider consumer responses to climate change not in isolation, but in relation to industry drivers and strong government policy interventions.
Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen SA, Eijgelaar E, Gössling S, Higham J, ..., Weaver D (2015) Denying bogus skepticism in climate change and tourism research, Tourism Management 47 pp. 352-356
This final response to the two climate change denial papers by Shani and Arad further highlights the inaccuracies, misinformation and errors in their commentaries. The obfuscation of scientific research and the consensus on anthropogenic climate change may have significant long-term negative consequences for better understanding the implications of climate change and climate policy for tourism and create confusion and delay in developing and implementing tourism sector responses.
Cohen SA, Prayag G, Moital M (2014) Consumer behaviour in tourism: Concepts, influences and opportunities, Current Issues in Tourism 17 (10) pp. 872-909
Although consumer behaviour is one of the most researched areas in the field of tourism, few extensive reviews of the body of knowledge in this area exist. This review article examines what we argue are the key concepts, external influences and opportune research contexts in contemporary tourism consumer behaviour research. Using a narrative review, we examine the consumer behaviour literature published in three major tourism journals from 2000 to 2012. Of 519 articles identified and reviewed, 191 are included in this article. We examine the development of and scope for future research on nine key concepts, including decision making, values, motivations, self-concept and personality, expectations, attitudes, perceptions satisfaction, trust and loyalty. We then examine three important external influences on tourism behaviour, technology, Generation Y and the rise in concern over ethical consumption. Lastly, we identify and discuss five research contexts that represent major areas for future scholarship: group and joint decision making, under-researched segments, cross-cultural issues in emerging markets, emotions and consumer misbehaviour. Our examination of key research gaps is concluded by arguing that the hedonic and affective aspects of consumer behaviour research in tourism must be brought to bear on the wider consumer behaviour and marketing literature.
Hanna P, Scarles C, Cohen SA, Adams M (2016) Everyday climate discourses and sustainable tourism,Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24 (12) pp. 1624-1640
Debates surrounding the human impact on climate change have, in recent years, proliferated in political, academic, and public rhetoric. Such debates have also played out in the context of tourism research (e.g. extent to which anthropogenic climate change exists; public understanding in relation to climate change and tourism). Taking these debates as its point of departure, whilst also adopting a post-structuralist position, this paper offers a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of comments to an online BBC news article concerning climate change. Our analysis finds three key ways responsibility is mitigated through climate change talk: scepticism towards the scientific evidence surrounding climate change; placing responsibility on the ?distant other? through a nationalistic discourse; and presenting CO2 as ?plant food?. The implications of these ways of thinking about climate change are discussed with a focus on how this translates into action related to the sustainability of tourism behaviours. In doing so, it concludes that a deeper understanding of everyday climate talk is essential if the tourism sector is to move towards more sustainable forms of consumption.
Carr N, Cohen SA (2009) Holidaying with the family pet: No dogs allowed!,Tourism and Hospitality Research 9 (4) pp. 290-304
This paper assesses the extent to which dog owners located in Brisbane,
Australia wish to holiday with their pets and if there is a gap between this desire and
reality. The paper also examines the extent to which this demand is being catered for by
the tourism accommodation sector. The need for this study reflects the increasingly
significant role dogs are playing in the lives of humans and the scale of the dog owning
The results suggest whilst there is a strong desire amongst dog owners to take holidays
with their pets the actualisation of this desire is comparatively low. A significant
obstacle to the realisation of this desire appears to be a dearth of pet friendly
accommodation. This has implications for the ability of the tourism industry to benefit
from the potentially lucrative market that is the dog-owning population.
Higham J, Cohen SA, Cavaliere CT, Reis A, Finkler W (2016) Climate change, tourist air travel and radical emissions reduction, Journal of Cleaner Production 111 pp. 336-347
Tourism has been critiqued as an environmentally destructive industry on account of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with tourist mobility. From a policy perspective, current and projected growth in aviation is fundamentally incompatible with radical emissions reduction and decarbonisation of the global energy system. Efforts to address the aviation-climate change ?policy clash? must be informed by an understanding of public sentiments towards climate change, air travel and carbon mitigation. This article examines how consumers across four western nations are responding to the environmental excesses of contemporary air travel consumption. It focuses on individual receptiveness to voluntarily measures aimed at changing flying behaviours, industry responses and degrees of government regulation. Its theoretical context harnesses lessons from public health to inform a discussion of bottom up (social marketing, nudge) and top down (government regulation) approaches to the urgent challenge of radical air travel emissions reduction. The findings of its comparative empirical analysis are presented, based upon 68 in-depth interviews conducted in Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. We highlight contrasts in how consumers are beginning to internalise and process the environmental excesses of contemporary air travel consumption. Whereas voluntary measures, such as carbon off-setting, are viewed with widespread scepticism, divergence was found across the four study contexts in willingness to accept regulatory measures. Norwegians were far more willing to accommodate strong government intervention through taxation, whereas participants from the other three nations favoured softer strategies that are not perceived as restricting individual freedoms to travel. We conclude that voluntary approaches will be insufficient alone, and that behavioural change in public flying behaviour requires diverse policy measures. These must be informed by insights into the public?s willingness to palate stronger mitigation interventions, which varies within and between societies.
Cohen SA, Higham JES, Peeters P, Gossling S (2014) Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches, Routledge
This book follows the recent delivery of a three-day workshop in Freiburg, Germany that disseminated and discussed cutting edge research addressing psychological and behavioural insights into sustainable tourism mobility.
In order to mitigate tourism?s contribution to climate change, there is the need for innovations at political, technical and individual levels. Though opportunities exist to significantly improve the energy efficiency of tourism and tourism transport, it is clear that current volume projections outpace the reductions. Therefore strong structural and behavioural change will be required as well. Yet, despite this growing contribution to climate change, tourist and traveller behaviour is currently not acknowledged as an important element 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 book 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.
Cohen SA, Higham, JES, Reis, A (2013) Sociological barriers to developing sustainable discretionary air travel behaviour,Journal of Sustainable Tourism 21 (7) pp. 982-998
Encouraging positive public behaviour change has been touted as a pathway for mitigating the climate impacts of air travel. There is, however, growing evidence that two gaps, one between attitudes and behaviour, and the other between practices of ?home? and ?away?, pose significant barriers to changing discretionary air travel behaviour. This article uses both modern sociological theory on tourism as liminoid space, and postmodern theory that views identities as contextual, to provide a deeper understanding of why these gaps occur in the context of tourism spaces. Based on 50 in-depth consumer interviews in Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom, our findings confirm that tourism spaces are often subject to lower levels of environmental concern than daily domestic contexts. The majority of participants reduced, suppressed or abandoned their climate concern when in tourism spaces, and rationalised their resulting behavioural contradictions. Only a minority held there was no difference between the environmental sustainability of their practices in domestic situations versus those on holiday. These findings suggest that scope for voluntary positive behaviour change in the air travel context is limited and will not come without stronger intervention, which is a key finding for policy makers seeking reductions in air travel?s climate impacts.

Keywords ? Flying, climate change, attitude-behaviour gap, home and away, identity, behaviour change

Cohen SA, Higham JES, Reis AC (2014) Sociological barriers to developing sustainable discretionary air travel behaviour, In: Cohen SA, Higham JES, Peeters P, Gossling S (eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches pp. 68-87 Routledge
Cohen SA (2011) Lifestyle travellers: Backpacking as a way of life,Annals of Tourism Research 38 (4) pp. 1535-1555
Scholarship on backpackers speculates some individuals may extend backpacking to a way of life. This article empirically explores this proposition using lifestyle consumption as its framing concept and conceptualises individuals who style their lives around the enduring practice of backpacking as ?lifestyle travellers?. Ethnographic interviews with lifestyle travellers in India and Thailand offer an emic account of the practices, ideologies and social identity that characterise lifestyle travel as a distinctive subtype within backpacking. Departing from the drifter construct, which (re)constitutes this identity as socially deviant, the concept of lifestyle allows for a contemporary appraisal of these individuals? patterns of meaningful consumption and wider insights into how ongoing mobility can lead to different ways of understanding identities and relating to place.
Prayag G, Cohen SA, Yan H (2015) Potential Chinese travelers to Western Europe: Segmenting motivations and service expectations, Current Issues in Tourism 18 (8) pp. 725-743
This study examines the propensity for long-haul independent travel amongst young Chinese travelers and evaluates the corresponding management implications. The paper reports findings of a survey of 403 potential travelers to Western Europe. Three clusters of visitors were identified and profiled on the basis of their socio-demographics, motives and service expectations for Western Europe. Unlike previous studies emphasizing the homogeneous behavior of the Chinese outbound market (e.g. packaged tours and group travel), our findings suggest a nascent Chinese independent youth travel segment that does not conform to Western conceptualizations of the ?typical? attitudes and behaviors of such visitors. This may portend the end of backpackers as a discrete group as the outbound Chinese market diversifies and engages Western Europe?s backpacker infrastructure in multiple ways. Recommendations are offered for managing expectations, marketing independent travel amenities and facilities, and service provision to these visitors.
Mura P, Cohen SA (2011) Guest editors' introduction to special issue on 'Leisure, Tourism and Risk',Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America 1 (2) pp. 1-6
Cohen SA (2013) Reflections on reflexivity in leisure and tourism studies,Leisure Studies 32 (3) pp. 333-337
While leisure and tourism researchers have come some way in addressing issues of reflexivity in their own research, this effort towards engaging with positionality has lagged approximately ten years behind when the broader social sciences confronted the ?reflexive turn?. This research note draws upon two cases from my own research with lifestyle travellers to illustrate how a reflexive approach can help to generate more trustworthy, richer texts in qualitative leisure research.
Higham JES, Cohen SA, Peeters, P, Gössling S (2013) Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable mobility,Journal of Sustainable Tourism 21 (7) pp. 949-967
This paper introduces and explores the psychological and social factors that both contribute to and inhibit behaviour change vis-à-vis sustainable (tourist) mobility. It is based on papers presented at the Freiburg 2012 workshop. Specifically, it reviews climate change attitudes and perceptions, the psychological benefits of tourism mobilities, addictive elements of mobility and social norming effects, the attitude-behaviour gap (i.e., cognitive dissonance between understandings of, and responses to, climate change), the psychology of modal shifts, the psychology of travel speed/time, and psychological explanations for the perceived importance of long distance travel. It notes that anthropogenic climate change is an inescapable reality, and that tourism?s share of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions appears set to rise substantially. There is little prospect of technical solutions adequately addressing this problem. The paper concludes that, while a comprehensive understanding of tourist psychology is necessary to inform policy makers, it alone will be insufficient to achieve emission reductions, and bring tourism to a climatically sustainable pathway, if treated in isolation. Radical change in the structures of provision is also necessary. That change may take the form of infrastructure planning, including financial and economic infrastructure (e.g. taxation regimes and emission trading schemes) for sustainable mobility.
Cohen E, Cohen SA (2012) Current sociological theories and issues in tourism,Annals of Tourism Research 39 (4) pp. 2177-2202
This article reviews the changing nature of contemporary tourism and sociological approaches to its study. We examine the broad social trends and specific historical events that recently affected tourism and discuss how the focus of sociological inquiry in tourism studies shifted from earlier discourses of authenticity and the tourist gaze to three novel theoretical approaches, the mobilities ?paradigm?, the performativity approach and actor-network theory (ANT), which each reflect a broader meta-theoretical re-orientation in contemporary philosophy and sociology. We appraise these conceptual developments and discuss their limitations. We then identify several current research issues as important areas for problem-oriented work at the intersections of tourism and contemporary society: social justice, environmental sustainability, natural disasters, terrorism, heritage, embodiment and affect, and mediatization.
This article explores the personal identity work of lifestyle travellers ? individuals for whom extended leisure travel is a preferred lifestyle that they return to repeatedly. Qualitative findings from in-depth semi-structured interviews with lifestyle travellers in northern India and southern Thailand are interpreted in light of theories on identity formation in late modernity that position identity as problematic. It is suggested that extended leisure travel can provide exposure to varied cultural praxes that may contribute to a sense of social saturation. Whilst a minority of the respondents embraced a saturation of personal identity in the subjective formation of a cosmopolitan cultural identity, several of the respondents were paradoxically left with more identity questions than answers as the result of their travels.
Cohen E, Cohen SA (2015) A mobilities approach to tourism from emerging world regions,Current Issues in Tourism 18 (1) pp. 11-43
Increasing numbers of people from the emerging world regions, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East engage in tourism practices at domestic, intra-regional and long-haul international scales. In this article we deploy an innovative application of the mobilities approach, which we argue moves beyond the Eurocentrism implicit in modernist tourism studies, in a comparative analysis of tourism in and from these regions and those in the ?West?. Our analysis opens up the systematic study of tourism in emerging world regions in terms of the mobilities paradigm, and concludes: one, travel had a multiplicity of origins in societies in the emerging regions, but most did not possess an equivalent emic term to ?tourism.? Two, tourism at domestic and intra-regional levels tends to be entangled with other discretionary mobilities, whereas the long-haul level is more differentiated. Three, the development of domestic discretionary travel in emerging regions can be represented by four overlapping ?mobility constellations?. Four, there are significant historical differences between the regions in their long-haul mobility constellations, although their kinetic hierarchies are all still steep. Five, forms of movement and associated practices of discretionary travellers from the emerging regions and Western countries became increasingly similar under the impact of socio-technological, economic and cultural globalisation. Six, differences between the emerging regions, particularly Asia, and the West are most salient on the emic level of representations of international travel: the specific cultural motive forces for tourism do not centre on authenticity-seeking, but are instead bound up with prestige and markers of modernity.
Cohen E, Cohen SA (2015) Beyond Eurocentrism in tourism: A paradigm shift to mobilities,Tourism Recreation Research 40 (2) pp. 157-168
This article addresses critiques of Eurocentrism in tourism studies, which have called for a ?paradigm shift? in response to the rapid rise of tourism from emerging world regions. We clarify the concept of a paradigm shift, and examine arguments for a shift in tourism studies on epistemological, theoretical and empirical levels. We argue for a shift on the theoretical level: the incorporation of tourism studies in the mobilities paradigm. We argue that this paradigm offers a fresh perspective on tourism as enmeshed with other kinds of discretionary mobilities, is free of Eurocentric assumptions, and destabilizes some of the leading concepts on which now problematic binary modernist thinking in tourism studies is based. However, the positivistic, ?etic? character of early studies of the mobilities paradigm hinders its culturally nuanced deployment in emerging world regions, a limitation we seek to remedy by adapting Tim Cresswell?s (2010) conceptualization of mobility as comprised of movement, representation and practice. We conclude by a summary of the principal findings of our application of the mobilities paradigm to the comparative study of tourism from the emerging regions.
Cohen Erik, Cohen Scott A., King VT (2016) The global permutations of the Western publication regime,Current Issues in Tourism 21 (17) pp. 2035-2051 Taylor & Francis
This article introduces the concept of the ?publication regime? into the current discourse on academia. This allows for a much deeper understanding of how publishing conglomerates and appointment and promotion procedures in Western universities are increasingly interlocked. It then turns to the global permutations of that regime as it is currently disseminated to other parts of the world. Using empirical examples drawn primarily from the field of tourism studies, we examine the problems engendered by the introduction of the regime?s appointment and promotion procedures of early career academic staff in universities in the emerging world regions. We specify the auxiliary mechanisms intended to ameliorate these problems, and draw attention to the neocolonial implications of the disciplining process which these mechanisms are introducing into the academic life of the universities in the emerging regions. We argue that, as the Western publication regime is becoming increasingly globalized, local intellectual voices tend to be silenced by the regime?s growing hegemony, and, call for the integration of non-Western perspectives into the framework of the publication regime.
Cohen SA, Duncan T, Thulemark M (2013) Introducing lifestyle mobilities, In: Duncan T, Cohen SA, Thulemark M (eds.), Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration pp. 1-18 Ashgate
Hanna Paul, Kantenbacher Joseph, Cohen Scott, Gössling S (2017) Role model advocacy for sustainable transport,Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 61 pp. 373-382 Elsevier
Individual aspirations of associating with role models are routinely harnessed by marketers, who for instance, use celebrity endorsement in selling brands and products. It appears there has been no research to date, however, on the potential for celebrity activism, or role model advocacy beyond celebrities, such as from politicians, to form effective interventions for encouraging sustainable transport behaviour. This is despite studies suggesting that celebrity endorsement is a potential gateway for transforming public opinion on carbon intensive transport modes. The present paper consequently offers a critical review of the literature on role model advocacy and celebrity activism, and how these concepts have been harnessed to address environmental issues, in order to conceptually assess the potential for extending these intervention techniques to the context of sustainable transport. The scope of the paper includes the potential that high profile politicians/celebrities might play as role models in exercising referent power to influence social norms surrounding sustainable transport, given that the success of social marketing interventions are closely tied to the need for changes in the policy landscape. Key dimensions of role model endorsement in transport are identified and applied to a series of examples of how celebrity and political role models have influenced transport cultures. In addition to offering an original application of a theoretical framework to a new context, in order to help address the increasingly important societal issue of transport?s growing contribution to climate change, the paper discusses the challenges associated with the neoliberal framing of this approach.
Higham JES, Cohen SA, Cavaliere CT (2014) Climate change, discretionary air travel and the ?flyers? dilemma?, Journal of Travel Research 53 (4) pp. 462-475
The ?flyers? dilemma? describes the tension that now exists between the personal benefits of tourism and the climate concerns associated with high levels of personal aeromobility. This article presents the first international comparative analysis of attitudes towards climate change and discretionary air travel, providing insights into areas of convergence and divergence across three European societies - Norway, the United Kingdom and Germany. Employing a critical interpretive approach and drawing upon 48 indepth semi-structured interviews, we document evidence of widespread neglect of the ?flyers? dilemma?. Our comparative analysis confirms that although current discretionary air travel practices are deeply embedded and resistent to change, attitudes towards the climate crisis and barriers to behaviour change offer points of important contrast between different societies. Efforts to reformulate excessive discretionary air travel in response to accelerating global climate change must accommodate the unique issues and contrasting perspectives that exist in sections of these socieites.

Keywords: Climate change, discretionary air travel, ?flyers? dilemma?, attitudes, behavior change.

Cohen SA (2010) Re-conceptualising lifestyle travellers: Contemporary 'drifters',In: Hannam K, Diekmann A (eds.), Beyond Backpacker Tourism: Mobilities and Experiences pp. 64-84 Channel View
Cohen SA, Higham JES, Cavaliere CT (2011) Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and
climate change
Annals of Tourism Research 38 (3) pp. 1070-1089
Recent popular press suggests that ?binge flying? constitutes a new site of behavioural addiction. We theoretically appraise and empirically support this proposition through interviews with consumers in Norway and the United Kingdom conducted in 2009. Consistent findings from across two national contexts evidence a growing negative discourse towards frequent short-haul tourist air travel and illustrate strategies of guilt suppression and denial used to span a cognitive dissonance between the short-term personal benefits of tourism and the air travel?s associated long-term consequences for climate change. Tensions between tourism consumption and changing social norms towards acceptable flying practice exemplify how this social group is beginning to (re)frame what constitutes ?excessive? holiday flying, despite concomitantly continuing their own frequent air travels.
Cohen SA, Gössling S (2015) A darker side of hypermobility,Environment and Planning A 47 pp. 1661-1679
Since the formulation of the mobilities paradigm, research has shown that movement is increasingly at the heart of our social identities. This paper argues that mobility, and indeed, hypermobility, constitutes to a growing extent who we are, while societal perspectives on mobility increasingly dictate how we need to move in time and space in order to accrue network capital. In this critical review, deeply embedded mechanisms of the social glamorization of mobility are uncovered, and juxtaposed with what we call a ?darker side? of hypermobility, including the physiological, psychological, emotional and social costs of mobility for individuals and societies. The paper concludes that while aspects of glamorization in regard to mobility are omnipresent in our lives, there exists an ominous silence with regard to its darker side.
Lund N, Cohen S, Scarles C (2017) The power of social media storytelling in destination branding.,Journal of Destination Marketing & Management 8 pp. 271-280 Elsevier
A large part of the global population is now connected in online social networks in social media where they share experiences and stories and consequently influence each other?s perceptions and buying behaviour. This poses a distinct challenge for destination management organisations, who must cope with a new reality where destination brands are increasingly the product of people?s shared tourism experiences and storytelling in social networks, rather than marketing strategies. This article suggests a novel interpretation on how these online social networks function with regard to generating engagement and stimulating circulation of brand stories by offering a conceptual framework based on the sociological concepts of storytelling, performance, performativity, and mobility. These concepts are characterised as ?technologies of power?, for their role in shaping the social mechanisms in social media. VisitDenmark, the DMO of Denmark, is used as a case to put the framework into practice. The case demonstrates how DMOs can use the framework to strengthen their ssocial media branding, and five practical recommendations for how to do so are provided.
Cohen SA, Duncan T, Thulemark M (2013) Lifestyle mobilities: The crossroads of travel, leisure and migration,Mobilities
This article examines how the mobilities paradigm intersects with physically moving as an on-going lifestyle choice. We conceptualise a lens of ?lifestyle mobilities? that challenges discrete notions of, and allows for a wider grasp of the increasing fluidity between travel, leisure and migration. We demonstrate how contemporary lifestyle-led mobility patterns contribute to and illustrate a breakdown in conventional binary divides between work and leisure, and a destabilisation of concepts of ?home? and ?away?. We unpack issues of identity construction, belonging and place attachment associated with sustained corporeal mobility, and conclude by suggesting avenues for the further study of lifestyle mobilities. Keywords: lifestyle, corporeal, mobility, identity, belonging
Janta H, Cohen SA, Williams AM (2015) Rethinking visiting friends and relatives mobilities,Population, Space and Place
The increasing number of people leading more mobile lives, with spatially dispersed families, raises questions over how they maintain their family life and friendships, and how this is shaped and shapes different forms of migration, and different patterns of Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR). This paper develops an explanatory framework for conceptualizing and analyzing VFR mobilities, seeking to draw together threads from migration, mobilities and tourism studies. In unpacking the notion of VFR, this paper understands VFR mobilities as being constituted of diverse practices, and discusses five of the most important of these: social relationships, the provision of care, affirmations of identities and roots, maintenance of territorial rights, and leisure tourism. While these five types of practices are considered sequentially in this paper, they are in practice often blurred and overlapping. The interweaving of these practices changes over time, as does the meaning and content of individual practices, reflecting changes in the duration of migration, life cycle stage, individual goals and values, and the broader sets of relationships with and social obligations to different kin and friends.
Cohen Scott, Cohen E (2019) New Directions in the Sociology of Tourism,Current Issues in Tourism 22 (2) pp. 153-172 Taylor & Francis
This review article starts with an examination of the shifting nature of tourism discourse from the 1960s up to the present, and then focuses on seven topics that we consider to be on the forefront of current developments in the sociological study of tourism: emotions, sensory experiences, materialities, gender, ethics, authentication and the philosophical groundings of tourism theories. We find that in recent years the sociology of tourism was marked by three general trends: the growing application of specific novel theories from other fields to tourism, the examination of new facets of touristic phenomena, and an intensified inquiry into the status of tourism as an intellectual or cultural project. We conclude that while the application of a range of novel theoretical perspectives and facets largely reflects the postmodern move away from binary thinking and concepts, the sociology of tourism still makes little contribution back to the discipline of sociology, and will need to address important emergent topics such as deglobalization and current nationalistic movements toward isolationism, to do so.
Cohen S, Hanna P, Gössling S (2017) The dark side of business travel: A media comments analysis,Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 61 pp. 406-419 Elsevier
The publication of ?A darker side of hypermobility? (Cohen & Gössling, 2015), which reviewed the personal and social consequences of frequent travel, led to considerable media coverage and sparking of the public imagination, particularly with regards to the impacts of business travel. It featured in more than 85 news outlets across 17 countries, engendering over 150,000 social media shares and 433 media comments from readers, with the latter a source of insight into how the public reacts online when faced with an overview of the negative sides of frequent business travel. The present paper is theoretically framed by the role of discourse in social change and utilises discursive analysis as a method to evaluate this body of media comments. Our analysis finds two key identities are performed through public responses to the explicit health and social warnings concerned with frequent business travel: the ?flourishing hypermobile? and the ?floundering hypermobile?. The former either deny the health implications of frequent business travel, or present strategies to actively overcome them, while the latter seek solace in the public dissemination of the health warnings: they highlight their passivity in the construction of their identity as hypermobile and its associated health implications. The findings reveal a segment of business travellers who wish to reduce travel, but perceive this as beyond their locus of control. Business travel reductions are thus unlikely to happen through the agency of individual travellers, but rather by changes in the structural factors that influence human resource and corporate travel management policies.
Prayag G, Disegna M, Cohen SA, Yan H (2015) Segmenting markets by bagged clustering: Young Chinese travelers to Western Europe,Journal of Travel Research
Market segmentation is ubiquitous in marketing. Hierarchical and non-hierarchical methods are the most popular for segmenting tourism markets. These methods are not without much controversy. In this study, we use bagged clustering on the push and pull factors of Western Europe to segment potential young Chinese travelers. Bagged clustering overcomes some of the limitations of hierarchical and non-hierarchical methods. A sample of 403 travelers revealed the existence of four clusters of potential visitors. The clusters were subsequently profiled on socio-demographics and travel characteristics. The findings suggest a nascent young Chinese independent travel segment that cannot be distinguished on push factors but can be differentiated on their perceptions of the current independent travel infrastructure in Western Europe. Managerial implications are offered on marketing and service provision to the young Chinese outbound travel market.
Cohen E, Cohen S, Li X (2017) Subversive mobilities,Applied Mobilities 2 (2) pp. 115-133
There has been an inherent bias in studies of ?mobility regimes? toward the perspective of the authorities. This article suggests the concept of ?subversive mobilities? to offer a novel perspective on the construct of mobilities regimes, by stressing the ways such regimes are penetrated by adversaries through diverse routes and practices, despite the regimes? various control and defense mechanisms. We investigate how ?smugglers? make use of weaknesses in existing mobility regimes to facilitate their subversion, using three case studies of subversive mobilities, smuggling of Rohingya migrants, of Colombian cocaine and of South African rhino horns, to substantiate the potential of our approach. The subversive mobilities of all three case studies reveal some common traits: a multiplicity of routes and means of travel, informal personal networks based on trust and retribution rather than formal organization, and interconnected series of assemblages of differently involved actors. We claim that the continued success of ?smugglers? to subvert the existing mobility regimes is their greater flexibility: they tend to be pro-active, initiating new routes and means of movement, and the cooperation of illicit and legitimate role-bearers, while the mobility regimes are mostly reactive, giving the former at least a temporary advantage over the latter. Our approach leads to a more inclusive and dynamic view of mobilities regimes, and enables a better understanding of why the ?smuggling? of goods and ?trafficking? in people is increasingly successful, despite the efforts of mobilities regimes to block these activities.
Cohen S, Cohen E (2018) Key milestones and changing directions in the sociology of tourism,In: Cooper C, Gartner B, Scott N, Volo S (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Tourism Management Sage
Kantenbacher Joseph, Hanna P, Cohen Scott, Miller Graham, Scarles Caroline (2017) Public attitudes about climate policy options for aviation,Environmental Science & Policy 81 pp. 46-53 Elsevier
The current trend of increasing demand for air travel runs contrary to climate-related sustainability goals. The absence of behavioural and near-term technological solutions to aviation?s environmental impacts underscores the importance of policy levers as a means of curbing carbon emissions. Where past work has used qualitative methods to sketch public opinion of environmental aviation policies, this work uses data drawn from a survey of 2066 British adults to make a quantitative assessment of the acceptability of a broad range of aviation climate policy options. The findings indicate that there is significant support across demographic groups for a large number of policies, particularly those that place financial or regulatory burdens on industry rather than on individuals directly. Support for aviation policies strengthens with pro-environmental attitudes and is weaker among people who are aeromobile. Though self-interested considerations appeared to dominate policy option preferences, concern for fairness may also shape policy acceptability. Overall, this paper provides to policymakers a quantitative evidence base of what types of policies for addressing aviation climate emissions are most publically palatable.
Gössling S, Cohen Scott, Higham J, Peeters P, Eijgelaar E (2018) Desirable Transport Futures.,Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 61 pp. 301-309 Elsevier
This overview article for the special issue on ?Desirable Transport Futures? sets out with a brief introduction of the current development of the global transport system, suggesting that it remains unclear whether transport systems are heading towards desirable change. This desirability is defined as a reduction in the system?s negative externalities, including accidents, congestion, pollutants and/or noise, while retaining its functionality. There is evidence that transport externalities continue to grow with an increasingly mobile and growing global population. Against this background, the article discusses what may constitute more desirable transport futures, as well as the barriers that have to be overcome to move towards such futures. The article concludes that transport governance will be essential to far-reaching change, and that greater focus has to be placed on individual and societal socio-psychological perspectives shaping mobility consumption. Nine papers contained in this special issue provide in-depth analyses of transport systems, as well as insight into how these may be changed in more systemic ways. A concluding research agenda is offered that outlines a number of innovative approaches researchers may pursue as part of further efforts to engender desirable transport futures.
Kantenbacher Joseph, Hanna Paul, Cohen Scott, Miller Graham, Scarles Caroline (2017) Public Attitudes about Policy Options for Aviation. Environmental Science and Policy,Environmental Science and Policy 81 pp. 46-53 Elsevier
The current trend of increasing demand for air travel runs contrary to climate-related sustainability goals. The absence of behavioural and near-term technological solutions to aviation?s environmental impacts underscores the importance of policy levers as a means of curbing carbon emissions. Where past work has used qualitative methods to sketch public opinion of environmental aviation policies, this work uses data drawn from a survey of 2066 British adults to make a quantitative assessment of the acceptability of a broad range of aviation climate policy options. The findings indicate that there is significant support across demographic groups for a large number of policies, particularly those that place financial or regulatory burdens on industry rather than on individuals directly. Support for aviation policies strengthens with pro-environmental attitudes and is weaker among people who are aeromobile. Though self-interested considerations appeared to dominate policy option preferences, concern for fairness may also shape policy acceptability. Overall, this paper provides to policymakers a quantitative evidence base of what types of policies for addressing aviation climate emissions are most publically palatable.
Li X., Cohen Scott, Tan K.P. (2018) Beyond the differences: Transcultural business research in a flattening world,Journal of Business Research 91 pp. 313-316 Elsevier
Whereas much previous culture-related business research has focused on cross-cultural differences among various groups, this special issue departs from this trajectory through a focus on transculturalism. It examines various aspects of transcultural issues in business research, that is, business-related concepts that transcend the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, religion, and other cultural dimensions. In this overview article, the authors reflect on the conceptual development of transculturalism, its application in business research and practices, and the papers in this special issue. Future directions in transcultural business research are provided.
The emergence of social media necessitates a fundamental rethink of marketing practises as brands are now co-created with social media users. Destination management organisations (DMOs) therefore need to develop new social media strategies. This thesis suggests that DMOs ought to strengthen their storytelling capabilities as it is an essential tool in increasing social media engagement. A conceptual framework is therefore developed drawing on four particular sociological concepts: storytelling, mobilities, performance and performativity. Based on Foucauldian thinking, they are conceptualised as ?technologies of power?, which are techniques used in the practical operation of power. They demonstrate that a combination of individuals? storytelling performances, performative acts and mobilities enable stories to spread and influence brand narratives. DMOs can employ the conceptual framework to understand and analyse the underlying mechanisms that shape social interaction in social media and they can operationalise the technologies of power to engage with social media users and spread their preferred brand narratives.
The findings show that social media platforms have grown into a ?virtual apparatus? utilising institutional technologies to suppress certain kinds of user behaviour. However, some users resist the constraining structures and they use the technologies of power to mediate engaging stories. The findings also show that DMOs? social media strategies and practices are largely dependent on alliances with various storytellers. DMOs employ a strategy of ?free value utilisation? by sourcing content from users, while also enticing users to contribute stories to their social media platforms by providing culturally driven raw material. It is recommended that DMOs should operationalise the conceptual framework in their social media strategies to mediate appealing narratives that connects with people. They should also employ a strategy of ?experiential micro-branding?, where every shared user story can be utilised as it represents a micro-brand appealing to a specific target segment.
Peeters P., Higham J., Cohen S., Eijgelaar E., Gössling S. (2019) Desirable tourism transport futures,Journal of Sustainable Tourism 27 (2) pp. pp 173-188 Taylor & Francis
This editorial for the special issue on ?Desirable Tourism Transport Futures? explores approaches to transitioning the tourism sector to a sustainable emissions path. It starts by describing an undesirable tourism transport future associated with a business-as-usual scenario, which will inevitably cause the climate mitigation goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accord (2015) to soon become unattainable. We then outline a scenario for a climatically desirable future, the social and economic implications of which are explored. The challenge of mitigating climate change is critical to desirable tourism transportation futures, although to date relatively little attention has been paid to this aspect of sustainable tourism. This is an omission that must be urgently addressed. This special issue addresses desirable tourist transportation futures in relation to deep cut emissions reductions and, therefore, mitigation of climate change-induced environmental impacts. It is important that desirable tourism transport futures are critically considered in terms of both spatial and temporal scale. The scenarios that inform this introductory article provide some insights at the long-term macro-scale. These scenarios are associated with desirable and undesirable elements that will no doubt continue to be the subject of much debate and contestation. While these scenarios will represent both opportunities and threats to the full spectrum of tourism industry stakeholders, they should also inform manifold avenues of future research at a critical moment in the evolution of tourism transportation and the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).
Cohen S.A., Hopkins D. (2019) Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism,Annals of Tourism Research 74c pp. 33-42 Elsevier Masson
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to disrupt all industries tied to
transport, including tourism. This conceptual paper breaks new ground by providing an indepth
imaginings approach to the potential future far-reaching implications of CAVs for
urban tourism. Set against key debates in urban studies and urban tourism, we discuss the
enchantments and apprehensions surrounding CAVs and how they may impact cities in terms
of tourism transport mode use, spatial changes, tourism employment and the night-time visitor
economy, leading to new socio-economic opportunities and a range of threats and inequities.
We provide a concluding agenda that sets the foundation for a new research sub-field on
CAVs and tourism, of relevance to urban planners, policymakers and the tourism industry.
This study initially aims to investigate Chinese outbound backpackers? travel experiences through White (1949a)?s traditional system, which understands and classifies cultural theories into three layers (ideological, social and technological). However, this original system is too problematic to provide adequate explanations of the experiences of mobile individuals and their relations. Thus, beyond investigating Chinese backpackers? experiences, this study adopts an abductive approach that systematically combines theoretical and empirical approaches to reconceptualise the three-layer system of culture, and proposes the ?Fluid Networked System of Culture? to provide a framework for understanding mobile individuals? experiences. Theoretically, liquid modernity and the new mobilities paradigm create the theoretical constructs. Empirically, Chinese outbound backpackers? experiences develop and complete the reconceptualisation process by providing ?thick descriptions? of their travel experiences in Europe. Online participant observation and three fieldwork trips through a mobile and virtual ethnographic approach were undertaken between June and November, 2014. Overall, three sets of comprehensive field notes, twenty semi-structured interviews, other supporting data (for example, reflexive notes, conversational interviews) were collected and analysed through thematic analysis.

The findings show a complex and fluid picture of Chinese backpackers? travel experiences. Regarding mobile social relations, the findings suggest that the Chinese value of harmony plays a predominant role in backpacker group dynamics, which directly influence their travel experiences. While in terms of ideologies, multiple conflicting streams of values were identified in their perceptions and identities. In addition, multiple affording roles of materials and technologies were recognised in the Chinese backpackers? practice. This thesis then abductively proposes the ?Fluid Networked System of Culture? as the outcome of this reconceptualisation through the theoretical framing and empirical comprehension. The Fluid Networked System of Culture provides a comprehensive framework to explore issues in and beyond tourism.

Cai Wenjie, Cohen Scott A., Tribe John (2019) Harmony rules in Chinese backpacker groups,Annals of Tourism Research 75 pp. 120-130 Elsevier
Despite recognition that Chinese backpackers travel in small, self-organised groups, studies have yet to examine how group dynamics affect the travel experience. Multi-sited ethnography and netnography were deployed to follow Chinese backpackers in Europe to explore their group dynamics. The findings reveal that Chinese backpackers sustain hierarchical group relations by applying cultural attributes of ?respect for authority? and ?keqi?. A conflict-free status is achieved by following the codes of ?guanxi? and ?conformity?. Harmony is practiced to either develop harmonious relationships or resolve potential discord. This study contributes to the literature on harmony by synthesising relevant cultural attributes to understand their applications in group dynamic. It furthermore contributes to the literature on backpacker tourism and self-organised travel group dynamics.
Kimber Simon, Yang Jingjing, Cohen Scott (2019) Performing love, prosperity and Chinese hipsterism: Young independent travellers in Pai, Thailand,Tourist Studies 19 (2) pp. 164-191 Sage
Young independent Chinese travellers are increasingly visiting Pai, a small town in northern Thailand, in part influenced by the popularity of the 2009 Thai movie ?Pai in Love?. Using a performance perspective, combined with theory on affordances, which have not not yet been applied in the growing body of research on Chinese tourists, this paper examines the wide variety of performances in Pai by young independent Chinese travellers, many of which revolve around tourist photography. Drawing upon participant observation and in-depth interviews with Chinese travellers in Pai, the findings reveal that many young Chinese independent traveller performances in Pai revolve around the creation of online self-identities of prosperity and globalisation, love and alternative social identities such as Chinese hipsterism or Xiao Qing Xin. Central to many of these hybrid performances is the digital camera, which affords new, more playful, embodied ways of encountering and interacting with tourist attractions, whilst simultaneously offering a means of recording and refining performances which are then distributed via the ?statusphere?. The paper?s use of a performance lens provides new insights into Chinese tourism consumption, and highlights the importance of physical, material and social affordances in performing tourism.
Cohen Scott, Kantenbacher Joseph (2019) Flying less: Personal health and environmental co-benefits,Journal of Sustainable Tourism Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Recent and projected growth in global aeromobility is poised to substantially expand aviation?s contribution to anthropogenic climate change. With limited prospects for technical- or policy-based reductions in sectoral carbon emissions, behavioural shifts in the form of decreased demand for flying become increasingly important. This conceptual article introduces an innovative approach to aviation demand reduction in the form of a co-benefits approach, wherein conventional pro-environmental messaging is augmented by the articulation of the negative personal health impacts of flying. Using a critical review approach based on secondary literature, we examine frequent flying and theories of environmental behaviour change before examining how co-benefits approaches have been used in other domains. We then identify global and local environmental harms from aviation and synthesise these with the existing literature on the personal health impacts of frequent flying, which includes both physiological effects and psycho-social harms. We find that flying less would engender a much wider range of benefits for individual health, than for the environment, and that the health benefits would likely be more salient for frequent flyers than environmental benefits. We conclude that the personal nature of health impacts will add needed salience and urgency to efforts to reduce unsustainable aeromobility.
The development of tourism in China is a relatively recent and rapidly evolving phenomenon This study focusses on one expanding and diversifying group, that of young Chinese independent or self-organised travellers. Despite some initial studies, relatively little is known about this rapidly growing group of travellers, many of whom share the characteristics of both backpackers and independent travellers. Even less is known about the gazes of professional hosts on this emerging group of Chinese tourists. This PhD?s consideration of ?gazing? and ?performing?, aims to provide new conceptual and empirical understandings into young Chinese independent travellers and professional hosts.

Young independent Chinese travellers are increasingly visiting Pai, a small town in northern Thailand, in part influenced by the popularity of the 2009 Thai movie ?Pai in Love?. Drawing upon participant observation and in-depth interviews of Chinese travellers and Thai hosts, the findings reveal that tourist photography is central to Chinese tourism in Pai, with many performances revolving around the creation of online self-identities of prosperity and globalisation, love and alternative social identities. Most host performances were restricted to host-guest service encounters and were often habitual, highly scripted and shaped by cultural values. Gaze wise, many Chinese gazes were shallow and highly influenced by media and cinematic representations of Thailand. In contrast, Thai professional host gazes were often rigorous and penetrating, and for those hosts who had no real meaningful contact with tourists, highly influenced by their corporeal proximity to the embodied actions of Chinese travellers.

This is the first study to consider both performing and gazing alongside each other, and along with consideration of affordances, provides new insights into young Chinese tourism consumption, particularly the extent to which it is influenced by social media, online guides and place ?myths?. This study also attempts to challenge some of the ethnocentric basis of tourism theory by seeking to challenge some of the modernist and Western assumptions that still theoretically dominate.

Peeters P, Higham J, Kutzner D, Cohen SA, Gössling S (2016) Are technology myths stalling aviation climate policy?,Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 44 pp. 30-42 Elsevier
Emissions from aviation will continue to increase in the future, in contradiction of global climate policy objectives. Yet, airlines and airline organizations suggest that aviation will become climatically sustainable. This paper investigates this paradox by reviewing fuel-efficiency gains since the 1960s in comparison to aviation growth, and by linking these results to technology discourses, based on a two-tiered approach tracing technology-focused discourses over 20 years (1994-2013). Findings indicate that a wide range of solutions to growing emissions from aviation have been presented by industry, hyped in global media, and subsequently vanished to be replaced by new technology discourses. Redundant discourses often linger in the public domain, where they continue to be associated with industry aspirations of ?sustainable aviation? and ?zero-emission flight?. The paper highlights and discusses a number of technology discourses that constitute ?technology myths?, and the role these ?myths? may be playing in the enduring but flawed promise of sustainable aviation. We conclude that technology myths require policy-makers to interpret and take into account technical uncertainty, which may result in inaction that continues to delay much needed progress in climate policy for aviation.
Cohen S.A., Hanna P., Higham J., Hopkins D., Orchiston C. (2019) Gender discourses in academic mobility,Gender, Work and Organization (27) pp. 149-165 Wiley
Despite increasing geographic mobility among academic staff, gendered patterns of involvement in academic mobility have largely escaped scrutiny. Positioned within literatures on internationalisation, physical proximity, gender and parenthood in academic mobility and understandings of gender as a process enacted through both discursive and embodied practices, we use discourse analysis based on interviews with academics in New Zealand to examine differences in language that create differing realities with regards to gender and obligations of care in academic mobility decisions. The findings reveal how academic mobility is discursively formulated as ?essential? to successful academic careers, with the need for frequent travel justified despite advances in virtual communication technologies. Heteronormative discourses are shown to disrupt and fragment the opportunities female academics have to engage in academic mobility. However, we also uncover ways in which these discourses are resisted, wherein fathers articulate emotional strain associated with academic mobility. The paper shows how discourse works to constitute the essentialisation of academic mobility, and the uneven gendered practices associated with it, whilst also giving voice to gender inequities in academic mobility from the southern hemisphere.
Gössling Stefan, Hanna Paul, Higham James, Cohen Scott, Hopkins Debbie (2019) Can we fly less? Evaluating the ?necessity? of air travel,Journal of Air Transport Management 81 Elsevier
Air travel is often justified as ?necessary? or ?unavoidable?, in the sense that trips have purpose and value. Yet it is evident that people travel for reasons that may include forced and voluntary movement, with motives ranging from visiting friends and family, to leisure, or business. In light of the challenge to decarbonise transport, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this paper discusses the perceived necessity of flight from individual and societal perspectives, while considering moral and economic viewpoints. It suggests that travel motives have different degrees of ?urgency?, and that the ?necessity of flight? cannot be generalised. To empirically test this hypothesis in an exploratory survey, we used mixed methods to examine the perspectives of 29 international students at Lund University, Sweden on the perceived importance of their flights (n/=/587) over a six-year period (2012?2017). Results show that the value associated with individual flights depends on flight motive, experience, life stage, or situational factors. Notably, almost half of the leisure flights made lack importance. Implications are discussed in the context of climate policy and the future development of the aviation system.
Lund N.F., Scarles C., Cohen S.A. (2019) The brand value continuum Countering co-destruction of destination branding in social media through storytelling,Journal of Travel Research SAGE Publications
Social media users are increasingly harming destination brands through their posts. This paper examines how to counter brand co-destruction in social media through the application of storytelling practices. Based on a netnography of TripAdvisor and Facebook, combined with a case study of the Danish destination management organization (DMO) VisitDenmark, the paper investigates the prospective ways in which social media users co-destroy the DMO?s brand. We demonstrate how value creation is a fluid process generated along a ?brand value continuum?, as complex interplays between co-creation and co-destruction manifest through user generated content. The paper provides recommendations on how DMOs can counter co-destruction by using storytelling to influence perceptions and set agendas for user conversations that stimulate brand co-creation.
Kimber Simon, Siegel Lauren, Cohen Scott, Thomopoulos Nikolas (2020) The wider use of autonomous vehicles in non-commuting journeys,Advances in Transport Policy and Planning 5 pp. 125-148 Elsevier
Non-commuting journeys, which include social and recreational journeys, make up a
substantial proportion of household travel and these journeys are mostly taken by
car. Autonomous vehicle (AV) deployment has the potential to dramatically transform
the way people work and travel, as well as reshape leisure travel patterns. Yet, the wider
societal implications of AVs beyond commuting, such as travel for leisure and tourism,
have received minimal academic attention. This state-of-the-art review follows PRISMA
guidelines and addresses this gap through a qualitative synthesis of 48 articles that
focuses on the influence of AV use on non-commuting journeys, including those
for leisure, tourism, shopping and visiting friends and relatives. Key findings identified
in this review include interest in AVs for leisure exceeding that for commuting, sharing
being less likely when AVs are used for leisure, non-recognition that some
non-commuting journeys will require a lower level of automation and that the spatial
impacts of AVs for non-commuting journeys, like commuting journeys, are a
Gao Xiongbin, Cohen Scott, Hanna Paul (2020) Hitchhiking travel in China: Gender, agency and vulnerability,Annals of Tourism Research 84 103002 Annals of Tourism Research
Despite its recent emergence as an alternative way of travel, hitchhiking in China remains significantly understudied, with its gender aspects unexplored. Investigating the (re)constitution of gendered Chinese hitchhiking subjects in contemporary China, this paper rethinks the paradox of agency largely unexamined in tourism gender research. Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted on the South Sichuan ? Tibet Route. The findings demonstrate that gendered subjectivities of the vulnerable female and the invulnerable male in hitchhiking are produced by normative heterosexuality and the principle of reciprocity as interrelated discursive regimes. The paper contributes an understanding of resistance as a contested site that accommodates ongoing political debates and ethical reflections, which requires agency to be continuously posed as a question rather than a solution.