Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Benjamin L Iaquinto 


Room 10.33

391 77021

Assistant Professor

PhD (Melbourne), BSc (Hons) (Monash)




Dr Ben Iaquinto is a tourism geographer with research interests in the areas of mobilities, sustainable tourism, backpackers and tourism policy. He uses mixed methods and theories of social practice to understand the fluctuating relations between tourist mobilities and practices of sustainability. He is particularly interested in how a low carbon tourism industry can be developed in the context of climate change and the erratic planetary transformations associated with the onset of the Anthropocene. Forthcoming research projects examine how the Chinese tourism industry could reduce its carbon footprint and better adapt to a changing climate. He is a former academy member of the Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne and is currently on the steering committee of AusMob, the Australian Mobilities Research Network. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong he was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests
  • Sustainable Tourism

  • Mobilities

  • Tourism Geography

  • Cultural Geography

  • Backpackers

  • Tourism Policy

  • Tourism and Climate Change


6 credits

Tourism and the Shrinking World

6 credits

Leisure and Recreation in Modern Society

6 credits

Tourism Policy and Planning

6 credits

Overseas Field Trip

selected Publications


  • Iaquinto, B. L. and Pratt, S. (2020) "Practicing Sustainability as a Backpacker: The Role of Nationality." International Journal of Tourism Research 22:100–107 DOI: 10.1002/jtr.2321 (IF2018=2.278).

  • Bennett, M. M., Barber, L. B. and Iaquinto, B. L. (2020). The Campus as Battleground: Placing the University Within the Hong Kong Protests. Antipode Online (January 21)


  • Zhang, V., Kelly, D., Castro, R. L., Iaquinto, B. L., Hughes, A., Edensor, T., McKay, C., Lobo, M., Kennedy, M., Wolifson, P., Ratnam, C., Buckle, C., Dorignon, L.,  Adamczyk, E., Barry, K. and Bissell, D. (2019) “Experiential Attunements in an Illuminated City at Night: A Pedagogical Writing Experiment.” GeoHumanities 5:2, 468-495


  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2018) “Working Holiday Makers in Australia: Food Security, Climate Change and the ‘Backpacker Tax’.” Geographical Research 56(1): 107-112. DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12261 (IF2018=1.565).

  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2018) “Backpacker Mobilities: Inadvertent Sustainability Amidst the Fluctuating Pace of Travel.” Mobilities 13(4): 569-583. DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1394682 (IF2018=2.462).

  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2018) “Attaining Urban Water Sustainability in Hong Kong: Three Suggestions.” Area 50(3): 430-432. DOI:10.1111/area.12405 (IF2018=2.133).

  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2018) “A Mixed Methods Approach in Tourism Research.” In Qualitative Methods in Tourism Research: Theory and Practice (pp. 224-247). W. Hillman and K. Radel (eds), Channel View: Bristol. ​


  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2016). “Strengths and Weakness of Using Mixed Methods to Detect the Sustainable Practices of Backpackers: A Reflexive Account.” Journal of Cleaner Production 111: 479-486. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.013 (IF2018=6.395).


  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2015) “"I recycle, I turn out the lights": Understanding the Everyday Sustainability Practices of Backpackers.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism 23(4): 577-599. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2014.978788 (IF2018=3.400).


  • Floyd, J., Iaquinto, B. L., Ison, R. and Collins, K. (2014) “Managing Complexity in Australian Urban Water Governance: Transitioning Sydney to a Water Sensitive City.” Futures 61: 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.04.002 Language (IF2018=2.214).


  • Ison, R., Blackmore, C. and Iaquinto, B. L. (2013). “Towards Systemic and Adaptive Governance: Exploring the Revealing and Concealing Aspects of Contemporary Social Learning Metaphors.” Ecological Economics 87: 34-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.12.016 (IF2018=4.281).


  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2012) “Backpacking in the Internet Age: Contextualising the Use of Lonely Planet Guidebooks.” Tourism Recreation Research 37(2): 145-155. DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2012.11081699


  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2011) “Fear of a Lonely Planet: Author Anxieties and the Mainstreaming of a Guidebook.” Current Issues in Tourism 14(8): 705-723. DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2011.555527 (IF2018=3.395).

Last Update: September 2019



‘Viability of high speed rail as a low carbon tourist transport option in Hong Kong: a political economy perspective.’ University of Hong Kong, Seed Fund for Basic Research for New Staff (Principal Investigator)


University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing Up Grant


University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship


University of Melbourne, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Grant


‘Opening conversations for communities of practice in water governance: Sydney’. Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority and Blacktown City Council (Co-investigator)

Invited Lectures


Welcome to the Anthropocene: geographical knowledge for a world we made.

Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, USA, assembly address, 4 April.


Backpacker Mobilities: slowing down for sustainability?

Australia and International Tourism Research Unit Symposium ‘Emerging Themes in Tourism Research’, Monash University, 18 March.


Backpacking in an Unsustainable World: the places and practices of mobile people.

Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16 February.

Media Coverage


The future of tourism in the coronavirus era: Asia may hold answers to what's ahead. CNN Travel, 11 May


The Economy is Deglobalising. What Happens Next is Up to Us. Lynk Global, 28 April  



Climate change closer to home than we think, 19th October, Young Post (South China Morning Post)


Interview with Adam Stephen, Drive program, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Far North Queensland, 17 February

Knowledge Transfer


Backpacker tax ‘fiasco’ reveals interdependence between transient and resident communities, 1st February, Bang the Table


How Backpacker Communities Engage With Resident Communities, 22nd June, Bang the Table


Seven Sustainability Lessons We Can Learn From Backpackers (with Kathryn Williams), 12th February, The Conversation