Peter Smith

Peter runs the Tourism programmes at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. He is the co-author of Volunteer Tourism: The lifestyle politics of international development (Routledge, 2015) with Jim Butcher.

Before embarking on an academic career Peter worked in the independent travel sector for many years. 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.

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Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
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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.

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