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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Benjamin L Iaquinto 

助理教授

Room 10.33

391 77021

iaquinto@hku.hk

Assistant Professor

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

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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. 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

Courses

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

  2020  

  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2020) Tourist as vector: Viral mobilities of COVID-19. Dialogues in Human Geography. 10(2): 174-177. DOI: 10.1177/2043820620934250
     

  • Iaquinto, B. L. (2020) Understanding the place-making practices of backpackers. Tourist Studies 20(3) 336–353 DOI: 10.1177/1468797620927308
     

  • Gibson, D, Pratt, S. and Iaquinto B. L. (2020) Samoan perceptions of travel and tourism mobilities – the concept of Malaga. Tourism Geographies. DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2020.1780632
     

  • Choi, S-H, Iaquinto, B. L. and Wong, C. U. I. (2020) Sojourners in Macau: blurring binaries of home/away and work/leisure. Leisure Studies. DOI:10.1080/02614367.2020.1775871
     

  • 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
     

  • Lee, H.Y. and Iaquinto, B.L. (2020). “Marketing Ulaanbaatar as a dynamic city with a nomadic soul”. In Tourism in Asian Cities. S. K. Dixit (ed), Routledge: Abingdon.

  2019  

  • 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

  2018  

  • 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
     

  • 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
     

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

  • 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. ​

  2016 

  • 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

  2015  

  • 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

  2014  

  • 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
     

  • Ison, R, Blackmore, C, Collins, K, Holwell, S and Iaquinto, BL. Insights into Operationalizing Communities of Practice from SSM-Based Inquiry Processes. Systemic Practice and Action Research 27: 91-114. DOI: 10.1007/s11213-012-9275-3

  2013  

  • 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

  2012  

  • 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

  2011  

  • 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
     

  • Iaquinto, BL, Ison, R and Faggian, R. Creating Communities of Practice: Scoping Purposeful Design. Journal of Knowledge Management 15(1): 4-21. DOI: 10.1108/13673271111108666

Last Update: AUG 2020

Grants

2019

‘Enhancing urban, transport and tourism research with wearable technologies’ University of Hong Kong, Provost’s Office. Amount: $HK115,500

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). Amount: $HK130,000

2015

University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing Up Grant. Amount: $AU3000

2014

University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship. Amount: $AU1000

2013

University of Melbourne, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Grant. Amount: $AU2000

2011

‘Opening conversations for communities of practice in water governance: Sydney’. Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority and Blacktown City Council (Co-investigator). Amount: $AU12000

Invited Lectures

2020

Teaching Visual Communication Literacy: Tourism and the Shrinking World.

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Hong Kong, 12 August.

2017

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

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

2016

Backpacker Mobilities: slowing down for sustainability?

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

2016

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

2020

What will the national security law mean for travelers -- and Hong Kong's tourism recovery? CNN Travel, 9th July https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-travel-national-security-law/index.html

2020

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

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tourism-future-asia-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html

2020

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

https://www.blog.lynk.global/2020/04/28/covid-19-deglobalisation/  

2020

2017

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

http://yp.scmp.com/news/special-reports/article/107596/climate-change-closer-home-we-think

Knowledge Transfer

2020

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

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