[Workshop] CTR workshop series Session 2 “An introduction to doing fieldwork in tourism”
Center for Tourism Research (CTR), Wakayama University holds a series of three online workshop for students and young researchers.
In the second session, CTR research staff, Dr. Ricardo Nicolas Progano will present the guidelines on how to proceed with fieldwork and related challenges, including his own experience.
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CTR workshop series for students and young researchers
Session 2 “An introduction to doing fieldwork in tourism”
This webinar aims to introduce the concept of fieldwork and provide guidelines for its related challenges. Fieldwork is an essential activity for creating knowledge and producing research publications. However, going to the ‘real world’ often involves extensive planning, as well as challenges that may often be unexpected during the research plan process. As such, doing fieldwork can be a stimulating but complex task for both post-graduate students and early-career researchers. Additionally, researchers should be aware of several factors that may influence how fieldwork is carried out. Firstly, the selection of a theoretical framework, as well as a defined research question and the identification of research gaps, are key components that will guide fieldwork activities. While research may often be a non-linear activity, this selection is of vital importance. When conducting fieldwork, the researcher will also have to engage with different stakeholders, posing questions on intercultural communication and gender, obtaining the collaboration of ‘gatekeepers’, and the researcher’s positionality. Finally, the geographic location will also influence how fieldwork will be done. Outdoor locations, such as national parks, are considered to be particularly challenging for fieldwork. The webinar will also include the researcher’s personal experience in doing fieldwork in Kumano Kodo, a UNESCO Heritage site located in the mountainous areas of Wakayama prefecture, Japan. Through this experience, the researcher will mention practical examples useful for the audience.
- Hall, C. M. (Ed.) (2011). Fieldwork in tourism: Methods, issues and reflections. Routledge.
- Paolo, M., & Khoo-Lattimore, C. (Eds.) (2018). Asian qualitative research in tourism. Springer.
- Nunkoo, R. (Ed.) (2018). Handbook of research methods for tourism and hospitality management. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:00~6:00 PM (JST, GMT+9)
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Dr. Ricardo Nicolas Progano (Lecturer, Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan)
Ricardo Nicolas Progano is a Lecturer at the Center for Tourism Research of Wakayama University, Japan. His research interests include religious tourism, heritage management, and cross-cultural studies. He has carried out his fieldwork on the recent tourism development of Japanese pilgrimage sites, such as Kumano Kodo and Koyasan. His research publications include: Progano, R. N., Kato, K., & Cheer, J. M. (2020). Visitor Diversification in Pilgrimage Destinations: Comparing National and International Visitors through Means-end. Progano, R. N. (2018). Residents’ perceptions of socio-economic impacts on pilgrimage sites: How does the community perceive pilgrimage tourism?; and Kato, K., & Progano, R. N. (2017). Spiritual (walking) tourism as a foundation for sustainable destination development: Kumano-kodo pilgrimage, Wakayama, Japan.
Moderator: Dr. Husna Zainal Abidin (Lecturer, Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan)
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