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The Gender Gap in the Tourism Academy

Authors Ana María Munar
Avital Biran
Adriana Budeanu
Kellee Caton
Donna Chambers
Dianne Dredge
Szilvia Gyimóthy
Tazim Jamal
Mia Larson
Kristina Lindström
Laura Nygaard
Yael Ram
ISBN 978-87-998210-0-6
Publisher Copenhagen Business School
Place of publication Copenhagen
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Language en
Keywords Tourism, gender equality
Subject categories Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


This study is part of an ongoing research project entitled “While Waiting for the Dawn,” which explores the role that gender plays in the lives of women scholars and students in the tourism academy. This report maps gender equality in the tourism academy through a series of key indicators that reflect leadership in the field. These indicators include editorial positions in journals, positions on conference committees, and keynote speakers, among others. Results clearly show a gender gap within the tourism academy and an imbalance in the influence of women and men in key leadership roles, and suggest that tourism scholarship mirrors the patriarchal structures that characterize the global academy. Gender imbalances are not self‐correcting, and proactive policies and initiatives need to be implemented to tackle the gender gap and to avoid the perpetuation of unequal opportunities. We hope this report will help to raise awareness and contribute to creating a more just academy, where women have equal opportunities to shape the present and the future of tourism scholarship.

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