We are delighted to invite you to the above Inaugural Lecture by Professor Sandro Carnicelli, of UWS's School of Business and Creative Industries at UWS, Paisley Campus on Thursday 30th March at 4.00pm.
Caring Capacity: Tourism and Education in the Age of Destruction
We are in the age of destruction. We struggle to be regenerative. The forecast for the next 100 years is grim, and we are already experiencing the increasing impacts of climate change in coastal communities and in many (if not most) of the living species. In the West, we are facing a social, cultural, and moral crisis that has been evidenced by the growth of anti-democratic movements, increasing levels of racism, misogyny, and inequalities. We should be questioning the role hyper-capitalism and neoliberalism played (are playing) in bringing us to this sad state of affairs. In tourism the current neoliberal practices are unsustainable and unjust. The mass consumption of natural resources, the continuous emission of greenhouse gases, the exploitation of Indigenous lands and the commodification of poverty provide a few examples signalling the urgency for a change in how tourism is operated and consumed. Now is the time to care about the rights of local communities and workers. Now is the final chance to care about climate change and about the unequal negative impacts around the world. In this Inaugural Lecture I will discuss the current state of carelessness in tourism and the transformative power of Higher Education in transforming students in activists and catalysts of change. We have the unique (and final) opportunity to develop caring capacity using a critical tourism pedagogy before is too late.
Professor Sandro Carnicelli joined UWS in 2011 as a Lecturer in Events and Tourism Management. In the last 11 years he acted as a Programme Leader for the UG Events Management and Tourism Management programmes as well as for the MSC International Events Management. He was Cluster Leader and Unit Leader for the Marketing, Events and Tourism group for 6 years. He also acted as Interim Associate Dean International and as an Interim Head of Division.
He has been a member of the UWS Senate since 2019 but also held posts outside UWS such as the Treasurer of the Leisure Studies Association for 6 years, 4 years as a member of the Executive board of the Association for British Professional Conference Organisers, and 2 years as a Co-Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Moreover, he acted as external examiner for quality assurance, validation, and re-validation of programmes in 7 different universities in UK. He was also a co-author of the revised 2016 Subject Benchmarks for the Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, and Tourism.
As a researcher, Sandro has been working in the fields of Tourism, Events, and Leisure for almost 20 years. With his first paper published in 2005 while still an undergraduate student in Brazil he has now over 50 publications between book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and edited books. He has delivered funded projects for organisations such as the Carnegie Trust, UK Department of Transport, the Moffat Trust, The Higher Education Academy, and the UKRI-GCRF. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Leisure Studies Journal, Tourism Management Perspectives, and Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. He also acts as Associate editor for Event Management Journal and is currently the Editor in Chief of the World Leisure Journal.
Sandro has been a visiting academic at Universities in Sweden, Portugal, Germany, and Brazil and is currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Culture, Sport, and Events at UWS that feeds into the REF UoA 24.
The event is free, however please book your place.
We look forward to welcoming you to UWS, Paisley Campus on Thursday 30th March at 4.00pm