Tourism Education for Global Citizenship: Educating for lives of consequence
Conference themes

The themes underpinning TEFI7 include:

  • The meaning of global citizenship in the tourism context 
  • Progressive social change through tourism education 
  • Social entrepreneurship and tourism 
  • Social Innovation in tourism 
  • Environmental issues related to global citizenship 
  • Student encounters with global citizenship 
  • Conscious travelling 
  • Educating through global issues: e.g. poverty, climate change, war and conflict, slum tourism 
  • Voluntourism and other creative ways of merging tourism with social change 
  • Tourism education and UN Millennium Development Goals 
  • Value-centered teaching, research and community engagement 
  • Action learning for global citizenship 
  • Hopeful tourism: potentials and pitfalls 
  • Authentic educators and their place, purpose and value in global citizenship 
  • Tourism educators and researchers living lives of consequence 



We invite thoughtful, innovative contributions in three formats: papers, thought bubbles and panel sessions. See below for details. We seek stimulating ideas and inspiration for defining and addressing the conference topic. The meeting will adopt a think tank format allowing us to work together and create a meaningful framework to drive global citizenship in tourism education in the future.

Papers: Please submit a 500 word abstract addressing one of the topics above. Please state clearly that the abstract is for a full paper and include contact details and a 100 word biosketch. If selected, the abstract should be formulated into a full paper which will be double blind reviewed.

Thought-Bubbles: The abstract and presentation only option at TEFI is in the format of a ‘thought bubble’. A thought bubble is a 3-5 minute (max) presentation of key ideasusing your choice of media (prezi-type presentations, video clips, word clouds, etc). The aim of the thought bubble is to identify and discuss an innovative idea or research insight in a succinct and easily digested format to inform, inspire and generate discussion… and hopefully action. For a thought bubble presentation please submit a 500 word abstract addressing one of the conference topics. Please clearly state that the abstract is for a thought bubble and include contact details and a 100 word biosketch

Panel Sessions: Proposals for panel sessions addressing the conference theme likely to stimulate debate and reflection are encouraged. Proposals for panel sessions should include a 300 word overview of its objectives, theme and key questions, and a list of the names of the Chair and the panelists including a 100 word biosketch for each.

We will select those submissions in each category that promise the strongest contribution to the meeting. The selection process will be competitive, favoring those thoughtfully addressing the theme and likely to inspire future action.

Key Dates

Abstracts (full papers & thought bubbles)/Panel Session Proposals due: December 10, 2012
Acceptance of Abstracts/Panel Session Proposals : January 18, 2013
Full Papers Due (for double-blind review): March 1, 2013


Please send all enquiries and submissions to: Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier or to