A more relational, action‐oriented research approach has the capacity to change our understanding of important existing knowledge and practices opening up for new configurations.
This is what the paper: “Exploring participatory action research as a driver for sustainable tourism” shows. It reveals the potential of Participatory Action Research (PAR) for the field of Tourism. Results show that PAR has the ability to actively involve tourism‐affected communities in the decision‐making processes that impact their living environments and facilitate them in co‐creating community‐specific initiatives for sustainable change.
The research also points into the resistance of traditional research tourism to embrace PAR as it shifts or breaks existing scientific paradigms: it requires vulnerability, fosters empathy, incorporates creativity and innovation, challenges boundaries, honors subjectivity, and incorporates creativity and innovation.
Goebel, K. ; Camargo-Borges, C. ; Eelderink, M (2020). Exploring participatory action research as a driver for sustainable tourism. International Journal of Tourism Research. V.22 (4). p. 425-437. (Early view 26 December 2019).