Tourism has long been recognised as an essential tool stimulating economic development and growth. However, recent years have increasingly bought attention to the negative outcomes of unsustainable tourism growth and development principles and the subsequent unhealthy dependencies and marginalisation occurring as a result. This bought the phenomenon of responsible economic growth to the forefront towards achieving sustainability. The research work under this cluster is aimed at achieving ‘decent work and economic growth’ and ‘reduce inequality’ via the amalgamation of ‘industry, innovation, and infrastructure’ to promote responsible consumption and production patterns.
Tourism for Responsible Economic Growth (SDGs # 8, 9, 10, 12)
Prof. Kashif Hussain
Economic impact; Sustainable Development
Tourism for Social & Community Development (SDGs # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 16)
As much as tourism is recognised as an economic driver, it is also an important social driver that has a significant potential to tap into the creation of spaces that enable the betterment of local communities worldwide. Tourism has even been dubbed as an essential tool for peace and understanding within the ever vast global community. Under this research cluster, we aim to explore how to use tourism as a tool to achieve social and community development goals that are at the top of priorities for an equal world. These include goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, and finally peace, justice and strong institutions.
Amidst raising global concerns for rising environmental issues due to unsustainable development principles and practices, the tourism industry has also come under great scrutiny for its lasting impacts on destinations with issues of overtourism. Environmental protection remains a primary objective in all tourism industry related endeavours, but the ways to achieve environmental protection while maintaining balance of the social and economic aspects requires new ways of thinking and being. This cluster is aimed exploring the best practices towards the protection of clean water and sanitation, climate change, life below water, and life on land for future generations to come.
Tourism for Environmental Protection (SDGs # 6, 14, 13, 15)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chockalingam Aravind Vaithilingam
Sustainable Living; Power Engineering
Tourism and Policy Development and Governance (SDGs # 17)
Prof. Neethiahnanthan A/L M Ari Ragavan
ASEAN Tourism; Higher Education
Tourism policy plays an integral part in the implementation of actions towards all sustainability endeavours. Actors at local, national, regional, and international level need to come forward to push the agenda of sustainability via policy, and hence understanding how to maximise the sustainable development goals via governmental intervention is key to ensure all stakeholders of the tourism industry are aligned to a central set of visions. This cluster is focused on the best practices of developing partnerships amongst stakeholders.