A Changing climate: tourism, vulnerable coastal communities and climate change research project

This one year research project aims to explore the changes to the tourism industry and vulnerable communities in small islands brought about by climate change, and develop initiatives aiming at the adaptation of these communities to their changing environment. The project is a collaboration between CENDEP, Oxford Brookes' Department of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management and the London School of Economics (LSE) Complexity Research Group, and is being funded by Brookes' Central research Fund (CRF). Complexity thinking is being used as a framework for exploration. Phase one of the project comprises a literature review, the formation of a multi-disciplinary network, and a workshop for key actors from tourism, academia and the aid sector. Phase Two will comprise field work, implementation and research, for which funding is being sought from elsewhere.

As a first step a half day workshop was held at the LSE in March 2010. The workshop was facilitated by Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly. The aim of the workshop was to bring together senior practitioners in the humanitarian aid and development and tourism industries to exchange ideas and to identify steps for reducing the vulnerability of low income coastal communities to the impacts of climate change. To these ends 17 participants attended from both sectors, including from the humanitarian sector practitioners and academics from ALNAP, University College, London and CARE International.

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