Edited by Richard Sharpley and David Harrison
Chapter 10: A sustainable hospitality and tourism workforce research agenda: exploring the past to create a vision for the future
This chapter addresses the need for a research agenda to achieve the goal of a sustainable hospitality and tourism workforce globally. Inhospitable working conditions, as well as the exploitation of vulnerable workers, prevail across different locations and contexts. Yet, research into these issues is ignored not only in the sustainable tourism debate, but in most areas of tourism development. This chapter adopts a selective, thematized approach to bridge the research gap. Significant areas examined in turn are critical hospitality studies, human resources management, peripheral and salient tourism workforce studies, labour geographies, diversity management in tourism and, finally, Indigenous tourism. Throughout, research into practices that foster a sustainable workforce are highlighted, drawing attention to the neglected needs of specific groups in the workforce, such as women, younger and older workers, migrants and people with disabilities. Finally, an agenda for change draws these strands together, identifying future research directions to create a sustainable hospitality and tourism workforce.
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