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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Benjamin L Iaquinto 

助理教授

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Room 10.33

391 77021

iaquinto@hku.hk

Assistant Professor

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

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Dr Ben Iaquinto is a human geographer with research interests in tourism and human-environment relations. Overall, his work explores how tourist practices and mobilities (dis)connect people from pro-environmental ways of living. Current projects explore the geopolitics of tourism and pro-environmental tourist practices among China’s Generation Z. He has a PhD in human geography from the University of Melbourne and is a Steering Committee member of the Australian Mobilities Research Network. His work has appeared in journals such as Tourism Geographies, Dialogues in Human Geography and Mobilities. 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

Courses

GEOG2056

Tourism and the Shrinking World

6

credits

Annual; 1st Semester

GEOG2057

Leisure and Recreation in Modern Society

6

credits

Annual; 2nd Semester

GEOG3304

Tourism Policy and Planning

6

credits

Annual; 2nd Semester

Selected Publications

  2022  

  • 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 30, 100350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100350
     

  • Shelton, MR, Bos, JJ, Collins, KB, Ison RL, & Iaquinto, BL. "Characterising water sensitive cities through inquiry-based learning systems." Australasian Journal of Water Resources. https://doi.org/10.1080/13241583.2022.2076300

  2021  

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

  • Ison, RL, Collins, K and Iaquinto, BL. Designing an inquiry-based learning system: Innovating in research praxis to transform science–policy–practice relations for sustainable development. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 38(5), 610-624.  https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2811
     

  • Lee, H.Y. and Iaquinto, B.L. “Marketing Ulaanbaatar as a dynamic city with a nomadic soul”. In Tourism in Asian Cities (pp. 147-160). S. K. Dixit (ed), Routledge: Abingdon. 

  2020  

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

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

  • Gibson, D, Pratt, S. and Iaquinto B. L. "Samoan perceptions of travel and tourism mobilities – the concept of Malaga. Tourism Geographies." https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1002/jtr.2321

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

  2018  

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

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

  • Iaquinto, B. L. “Attaining Urban Water Sustainability in Hong Kong: Three Suggestions.” Area 50(3): 430-432. https://doi.org/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. ​

  2016 

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.013

  2015  

  2014  

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2014.04.002
     

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11213-012-9275-3

  2013  

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.12.016

  2012  

  2011  

Grants

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

2019

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

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: HKD130,000

2011

‘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

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

2021

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

2020

The ‘flights to nowhere’ phenomenon. World Business Report, BBC World Service, interview with Clare Williamson. 10 November. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172x58r8rv4wk1

2020

‘Flights to nowhere’ are popular. Experts explain the psychology behind the COVID-era concept. Fortune,
11 October.
https://fortune.com/2020/10/11/covid-travel-flights-to-nowhere-psychology/

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

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

Knowledge Transfer

2020

Barry, K., Iaquinto, BL and Lobo, M. Lockdown life: migrant farmworkers in regional Australia. 24 November, Geography Directions. https://blog.geographydirections.com/2020/11/24/lockdown-life-migrant-farmworkers-in-regional-australia/

2020

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. https://antipodeonline.org/2020/01/21/the-campus-as-battleground/

2017

Backpacker tax ‘fiasco’ reveals interdependence between transient and resident communities, 1 February, Bang the Table. http://www.bangthetable.com/backpacker-tax-on-transient-and-resident-communities/

2016

How Backpacker Communities Engage With Resident Communities, 22 June, Bang the Table. http://bangthetable.com/2016/06/22/backpacker-communities-engage-resident-communities/

2015

Seven Sustainability Lessons We Can Learn From Backpackers (with Kathryn Williams), 12 February, The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/seven-sustainability-lessons-we-can-all-learn-from-backpackers-37350

Editorial Board Memberships
  • Tourism Geographies (Associate Editor)

  • Frontiers in Sustainable Tourism

  • AAG Review of Books

  • Journal of Responsible Tourism Management