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 tourism mobilities, sustainability and backpacking, particularly in Asian contexts. He uses mixed methods and theories of social practice to understand the fluctuating relations between tourist mobilities and practices of sustainability. 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
  • Tourism Geography

  • Sustainable Tourism

  • Mobilities

  • Practices

  • Asia-Pacific

  • Anthropocene

  • Backpackers


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


  • Tham, A, Iaquinto, BL and Driml, S. “Navigating external referencing through COVID-19 disruptions - Teaching tourism policy and planning in Australia and China”. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100350

  • Bennett, MM & Iaquinto, BL. "The geopolitics of China’s Arctic tourism resources." Territory, Politics, Governance. DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2021.1887755

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


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

  • Iaquinto, B. L. "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. "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. "Sojourners in Macau: blurring binaries of home/away and work/leisure." Leisure Studies 39(6): 811-824

  • Agyeiwaah, E., Pratt, P., Iaquinto, B. L. and Suntikul, W. "Social identity positively impacts sustainable behaviors of backpackers." Tourism Geographies. DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2020.1819401

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


  • 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. “Experiential Attunements in an Illuminated City at Night: A Pedagogical Writing Experiment.” GeoHumanities 5:2, 468-495


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

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

  • Iaquinto, B. L. “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. “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


  • Iaquinto, B. L. “"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


  • Floyd, J., Iaquinto, B. L., Ison, R. and Collins, K. “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


  • Ison, R., Blackmore, C. and Iaquinto, B. L. “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


  • Iaquinto, B. L. “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. “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: OCT 2020



‘A social and cultural geographical exploration of Anthropocene: human-land interactions, environmental governance and social experiments.’ National Natural Science Foundation of China (Co-investigator). Amount: RMB550000


‘Enhancing urban, transport and tourism research with wearable technologies’ University of Hong Kong, Provost’s Office. Amount: HKD115,500


‘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: HKD130,000


University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing Up Grant. Amount: AUD3000


University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship. Amount: AUD1000


University of Melbourne, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Grant. Amount: AUD2000


‘Opening conversations for communities of practice in water governance: Sydney’. Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority and Blacktown City Council (Co-investigator). Amount: AUD12000

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


A New Class of Traveler. Fortune, April/May p. 20.


The ‘flights to nowhere’ phenomenon. World Business Report, BBC World Service, interview with Clare Williamson. 10 November.


‘Flights to nowhere’ are popular. Experts explain the psychology behind the COVID-era concept. Fortune,
11 October.


What will the national security law mean for travelers -- and Hong Kong's tourism recovery? CNN Travel, 9th July.


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, Young Post (South China Morning Post), 19th October.

Knowledge Transfer


Barry, K., Iaquinto, BL and Lobo, M. Lockdown life: migrant farmworkers in regional Australia. 24 November, Geography Directions.


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


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


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


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

Editorial Board Memberships
  • AAG Review of Books

  • Journal of Responsible Tourism Management