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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Professor Benjamin L Iaquinto 艾焜


Room 10.33

391 77021

Assistant Professor

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




I am a human geographer researching how tourist practices and mobilities (dis)connect people from pro-environmental ways of living. I have over 16 years of experience researching issues of sustainability, environment and tourism. Originally from Australia, I have lived in Hong Kong since 2015 and led projects on mobility politics, sustainable tourism and lively commodification. Current projects explore the biopolitics of tourism and pro-environmental tourist practices among China’s Generation Z. My work has appeared in leading academic journals and I have been interviewed by global media outlets such as CNN, Fortune and BBC. I am an Associate Editor for Tourism Geographies and a Steering Committee member of AusMob the Australian Mobilities Research Network.

Research Interests
  • Tourism Geography

  • Sustainability

  • Mobilities

  • Practices

  • Asia-Pacific

  • Tourism politics

  • Backpackers



Leisure and Recreation in Modern Society



Annual; 2nd Semester


Tourism Policy and Planning



Annual; 2nd Semester

Selected Publications


  • Gerlofs, B, Iaquinto, BL, Poon, KYN and Tsang, CTY. Tank to Table: Hong Kong’s Wet Markets and the Geographies of Lively Commodification Beyond Companionship. Annals of the American Association of Geographers


  • Iaquinto, BL., Cheer, J. and Roefolsen, M. "Coercive geographies: Biopower, spatial politics, and the tourist". Environment and Planning C.

  • Bissell, B., Birtchnell, T., Duffy, M., Fozdar, F., Iaquinto, B.L., Radford, D. & Rickards, L. "Region power for mobilities research". Australian Geographer 54(3), 251-275.

  • Iaquinto, B.L., Bennett, M.M. & Liu, X. "The biopolitics of Chinese tourism governance in the Arctic". Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography.

  • Iaquinto, BL. “The Go-Along: A mobile method for backpacker research”. In Backpacking Culture and Mobilities: Independent and Nomadic Travel (pp. 72-95). M O’Regan (ed), Channel View: Bristol.

  • Iaquinto, BL., Barber, L. & Yu, PS. "Grounding Mobility: Protest Atmospheres at Hong Kong International Airport". Annals of the American Association of Geographers 113(4), 933-948.

  • Bennett, MM & Iaquinto, BL. "The geopolitics of China’s Arctic tourism resources." Territory, Politics, Governance 11(7), 1281-1302

  • Barry, K & Iaquinto, BL. "Hostel frictions: backpackers living under lockdown." Mobilities 18(1), 37-53.

  • Agyeiwaah, E., Pratt, P., Iaquinto, B. L. and Suntikul, W. "Social identity positively impacts sustainable behaviors of backpackers." Tourism Geographies 25(1), 1-22.


  • 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.

  • Shelton, MR, Bos, JJ, Collins, KB, Ison RL, & Iaquinto, BL. "Characterising water sensitive cities through inquiry-based learning systems". Australasian Journal of Water Resources 26(2), 162-174.


  • 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.

  • 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. 


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

  • Iaquinto, B. L. "Understanding the place-making practices of backpackers." Tourist Studies 20(3) 336–353

  • 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

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


  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.





‘Understanding Independent Tourist Practices: Hiking, driving, and lying flat’, Hui Oi-Chow Trust Fund, $HKD70,000 (Principal Investigator)


‘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


‘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


Grounding Mobility: Protest Atmospheres at Hong Kong International Airport

School of Social Sciences, Monash University, 10 August.


Tank to Table: The lively commodities of Hong Kong’s seafood wet markets

School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne, 8 August (with Ben Gerlofs).


Locating pro-environmental vernacular capacities of tourism

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, 29 March.


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


China says it’s easier than ever for Americans to visit the country. CNN Travel, 9 January.


「特種兵」襲港!「爆買」變「暴走」Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, 7 August, issue 557.


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
  • Tourism Geographies (Associate Editor)

  • Frontiers in Sustainable Tourism

  • AAG Review of Books

  • Journal of Responsible Tourism Management

  • Mobilities (from February 2024)

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