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Gender issues: Implications for leisure and tourism, Aveiro, P, 01.-03.03.2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Call for papers

International conference

Gender issues: Implications for leisure and tourism

March 1st-3rd, 2012

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Conference focus and aims

Over the last decades tourism has become one of the major international economic activities, creating much needed employment and economic development worldwide. The project report “Gender and tourism: Women’s employment and participation in tourism” developed by UNED-UK in 1998, demonstrated that, in what concerns gender employment, tourism is an important sector for women. The percentage of women in tourism employment is generally higher than in other sectors, particularly in countries where tourism is a more mature industry. However, just like in many other sectors, women are much more likely to be employed on a part time basis (temporary and seasonal employment), and being paid less than men are. The tourism sector has also a significant horizontal and vertical gender segregation of the labour market. Horizontally, man and woman are placed in different occupations; and vertically, lower levels and occupations with few career development opportunities are dominated by women. On the opposite, key managerial positions are dominated by men, despite women around the world possessing higher levels of education.

“Tourism opens doors for women” was the theme for the United Nations’ World Tourism Day in 2007, in order to increase public awareness of the great opportunities that the tourism sector provides to women, and to highlight some issues that still need to be revolved around, which are relevant to Millennium Development Goals, such as ensuring income parity, raising employment quality, creating reasonable workplace conditions and penetrating glass ceilings. The UNWTO launched a new action plan for the empowerment of women through tourism – as a part of UN Millennium Development Goals on gender equality – which represents an opportunity for innovative programs and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality in tourism. Plans for new and innovative research, policies and strategies in this area have started to develop.

The conference organizers themselves are involved in a research project on gender and tourism (GenTour). The project combines gender, education, entrepreneurship and employment with ethic and economic issues. It aims to examine the importance of women in the tourism sector, and analyze and evaluate the reasons for and constraints to women’s vertical mobility. Suggestions will be made for improving the role and situation of women in tourism, in order to allow more balanced gender participation in the economy. In this sense, it is believed that the project can have strong managerial implications, thus contributing gradually to the empowerment of women, so that they can play a greater role in the global marketplace, also promoting national competitiveness and higher levels of wellbeing for the society. Besides its managerial implications, the project will provide substantial contributions to the advancement of knowledge on gender studies, namely on women’s participation in the tourism economy.

The conference, a part of this project, represents its forward looking component. It aims at creating space for critical thinking and debate, while bringing together scholars, young researchers, practitioners and policy makers, who have experience in research, teaching or practical work in this field. Presentations on innovative perspectives and critical discussion of the existing strategies, ideologies, current practices and projects of empowerment of women are especially welcomed. The aim is to build a critical glance at the endeavours and practices in this field, gain and exchange knowledge about chances and challenges of similar projects, and to think about their social, economic and political impact. The conference purpose is to both disseminate the findings of the GenTour project and raise awareness and critical thinking on women’s vertical mobility, and to explore new research possibilities, including cross-national research in similar domains.


Conference themes

The thematic scope of the conference encompasses a forward looking assessment of emerging theoretical, methodological and practical issues likely to confront the areas of gender and leisure/tourism. Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit for consideration abstracts related to the following topics, which include, but are not limited to:

»         Entrepreneurship and gender

»         Education and gender

»         Employment and equal opportunities

»         Marketing and gender

»         Gender equality and well-being

»         Travel and gender

»         Policies and gender

»         Business/management and gender

»         Work-family balance

»         Demographics and gender

»         Internationalisation and gender

»         Leisure and gender

»         Careers and household time use

»         Economics and gender

»         Innovation and gender

»         Competitiveness and gender



Contributions must be sent by December 15th, 2011 to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and must include:

»         name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es) of author(s);

»         title of the contribution;

»         thematic area(s) addressed;

»         keywords (up to five);

»         abstract containing a summary of the research aims, approach, method and key arguments/findings.

Style for the abstract: English; maximum 1,000 words (inclusive of references); times new roman; font 12; 1.5 line spacing; and references in APA style.

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.


Key dates

Abstract submission: December 15th, 2011

Acceptance notification: January 20th, 2012

Full paper: May 25th, 2012


Publication opportunities

There will be publication opportunities in prestigious journals including International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, and Journal of Tourism & Development. Selected papers will be invited for consideration in the themed issues. Other papers will be included in the conference proceedings.


Keynote speakers

Anália Torres | Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Chris Cooper | Oxford Brookes University, UK

Helena Costa | University of Brasília, Brazil

Luiz Trigo | University of São Paulo, Brazil

Nina Lykke | Linköping University, Sweden


Conference chairman

Carlos Costa | Research Unit ‘Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies’, University of Aveiro


Scientific committee

Alcina Sousa | University of Madeira, Portugal

Alexandre Panosso Netto | University of São Paulo, Brazil

Ana Isabel Moniz | University of Azores, Portugal

Anabela Correia | Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal

Anália Torres | ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Annette Pritchard | University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK

Chris Cooper | Oxford Brookes University, UK

Elisabete Figueiredo | University of Aveiro, Portugal

Erica Wilson | Southern Cross University, Australia

Helena Costa | University of Brasília, Brazil

Irena Ateljevic | Wageningen University, Netherlands

João Albino Silva | University of Algarve, Portugal

Jorge Arroteia | University of Aveiro, Portugal

Jorge Umbelino | New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Juan Antonio Campos Soria | University of Málaga, Spain

Luiz Trigo | University of São Paulo, Brazil

Paula Remoaldo | University of Minho, Portugal

Manuel Salgado | Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal

Maria das Dores Guerreiro | Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Nina Lykke | Linköping University, Sweden

Vítor Figueira | Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal


Organizing committee

Carlos Costa

Zélia Breda

Inês Carvalho

Sandra Caçador

Filipa Brandão

Rui Costa



University of Aveiro

Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality

Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment


Conference GenTour

Departament of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering

University of Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago

3810-193 Aveiro


Phone: +351 234 370 361

Fax: +351 234 370 215

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