Peter Smith

Peter is currently researching the sociology of volunteer tourism, with particular emphasis on the perceptions of development within the alternative tourism sector. Before embarking on an academic career Peter worked in the independent travel sector for many years. He is a robust defender of mobility in all its forms

Peter regularly appears in the media and at public events discussing travel, tourism and mobility related issues.

He has spoken at and participated in debates for a range of organisations including: BBC London News, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Cheltenham Science Festival, Clarke Mulder Purdie, University of Brighton, London Metropolitan University among others.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
What is it to be educated?


 Publications

Butcher, J and Smith, P (2014) Volunteer tourism, development and lifestyle politics, Routledge, London.

Smith, P (2014) ‘International volunteer tourism as (de)commodified moral consumption, in Mostafanezhad and Hannam, K (eds) Moral Encounters in Tourism, Ashgate, London.

Smith, P (2013) ‘“Tourism: More Sinned Against Than Sinner?”, Research Probe’, Tourism Recreation Research. Volume 38 (3)

Butcher, J and Smith, P (2010), ‘Making a Difference’: Volunteer Tourism and Development, Tourism Recreation Research, 35 (1)

Smith, P and Butcher, J (2010), ‘Making a Difference’ through volunteer tourism, in Gorham, G and Mottiar, Z (eds) Contemporary Issues in Global Tourism and Hospitality. pp 225-239.


 Festival Buzz

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