The landscapes of leisure and tourism: the nexus of space, place and embodied experience.

The Landscapes of Leisure and Tourism is intended to cover a broad spectrum of research; papers are welcome from any area of geographies that look at spaces which are traversed, enjoyed and explored by people. It welcomes researchers to engage in a space to debate current political, social, environmental and economic geographies of tourism and leisure spaces.  The session will be a great opportunity for early career and postgraduate researchers to gain experience presenting their work to an encouraging audience.

In this session we will provide a forum for discussion around the geographies of leisure spaces and tourism in all its guises and how these have developed in recent years interconnecting with cultural practices, values and wider society, in keeping with the conference theme, Nexus.

Potential topics (but not limited to) as follows;

  • The role of media in constructing tourism spaces.
  • How tourism influences the use and construction of space and place.
  • Music Spaces; eg festivals, clubs & gigs.
  • Dark Tourism’s.
  • Leisure Spaces; eg NTE (night time economy), pubs, drinking / drug spaces.
  • Youth Leisure Spaces.

Embodied reflexive research; accounts and reflections on research and fieldwork spaces, places and embodied experiences e.g. power relations, relationships with space, gender relations.

We invite empirical and theoretical papers around these themes and others related to the landscapes of leisure and tourism, we also encourage papers from all theoretical approaches and alternative forms of presentation.

Abstract submission:

Please email prospective contributions or any queries to Eveleigh Buck-Matthews ( and Heather Jeffrey ( The deadline for submission is Sunday 14th February 2016.  Please include:

  • A title for your presentation;
  • An abstract of max 150 words;
  • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address).