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Dr. Chris E. Hurst Chris Hurst


Department: Newcastle Business School

I am a critical tourism scholar and Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. My research attends to material-affective atmospheres, and the imbrications of spatiotemporality and more-than-human agencies in nature-based tourism and protected areas. My research is contextualized by the contemporary geologic era of planetary-wide environmental crises, anthropogenic inscription, and precarity - the Anthropocene. I engage posthumanism and non-representational praxis in my research as philosophical, theoretical, and methodological spaces for thinking-with and researching-with nonhumans. I am particularly interested in more-than-human conservation possibilities - in tourism and as an embodied ethics for living and being-with nonhumans. 

Chris Hurst

My research interests include:

  • Critical tourism topics (broadly)

  • Human-nature encounters and relationships (broadly)

  •  Community-led research

  • Naturescapes, protected areas, and parks

  • Unsettling and decolonizing tourism practices and research

  • Tourism, climate change, and the Anthropocene

  • Posthuman philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches

  • Multi-modal, qualitative methodological practices, sensory attunement, and novel (re)presentational practices

  • Embodied relational research 

  • Possibilties of more-than-human conservation futures attuned to nonhuman agencies, affectivity and atmospheres, and troubling chrono- and spatio-normativity in research -with relations. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Tourism, animals & the vacant niche: a scoping review and pedagogical agenda, Fennell, D., Kline, C., Mkono, M., Grimwood, B., Sheppard, V., Dashper, K., Rickly, J., Burns, G., Bertella, G., von Essen, E., García-Rosell, J., Guo, Y., Hoarau-Heemstra, H., López, Á., Venegas, G., Holladay, P., Cavaliere, C., Copeland, K., Danley, B., Rizzolo, J., Hurst, C., Usui, R., Äijälä, M., Crossley, É., Hill, K., Szydlowski, M., Bisgrove, D., Blythe, S., Fennell, S., Oxley Heaney, S., Schuhmacher, C., Tully, P., Coose, S., Hooper, J., Madrid, R. 29 Feb 2024, In: Current Issues in Tourism
  • Inviting Engagement with Atmospheres, Hurst, C., Stinson, M. 27 Oct 2023, Researching with Proximity, Cham Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Posthumanism and the sentient elephant in the room, Hurst, C., Grimwood, B. 1 Jul 2023, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Together-in-Time, Hurst, C. 3 Nov 2023, In: Leisure Sciences
  • Enchantment: Feeding care within the cracks of ecotourism, Caton, K., Hurst, C., Grimwood, B. 1 Jan 2022, Routledge Handbook of Ecotourism, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Tracing the materiality of reconciliation in tourism, Stinson, M., Hurst, C., Grimwood, B. 1 May 2022, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Conceptualizing cultural sensitivity in tourism: a systematic literature review, Hurst, C., Grimwood, B., Lemelin, R., Stinson, M. 2 Oct 2021, In: Tourism Recreation Research
  • Land, Settler identity, and tourism memories, Fortin, K., Hurst, C., Grimwood, B. 1 Nov 2021, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Becoming care-full: contextualizing moral development among captive elephant volunteer tourists to Thailand, Taylor, M., Hurst, C., Stinson, M., Grimwood, B. 2 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Ecotourism
  • Obstacles to an integrated, joint forces approach to organized crime enforcement: A Canadian case study, Schneider, S., Hurst, C. 20 Aug 2008, In: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

  • PhD June 03 2024
  • Certificate in University Teaching Degree, University of Waterloo CUT 2020

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