Advancing Sustainable Development Goals through Interdisciplinarity in Sustainable Tourism Research

Nunkoo, R., Sharma, A., Rana, N.P., Dwivedi, Y.K. and Sunnassee, V. 2021. Advancing Sustainable Development Goals through Interdisciplinarity in Sustainable Tourism Research. Journal of Sustainable Tourism . Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2021.2004416

TitleAdvancing Sustainable Development Goals through Interdisciplinarity in Sustainable Tourism Research
TypeJournal article
AuthorsNunkoo, R., Sharma, A., Rana, N.P., Dwivedi, Y.K. and Sunnassee, V.
Abstract

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) address multifaceted problems that lie at the intersection between natural and socio-economic systems. While scholars agree that interdisciplinary research is needed to advance the SDGs, the concept of interdisciplinarity itself has been given limited attention. This article explores the interdisciplinarity of research published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism using references cited by the journal’s articles. We use structural topic modeling to analyze research trends. The findings suggest that the research has become more interdisciplinary, however, knowledge is defined primarily by tourism studies and the business management discipline. To advance the SDGs, researchers should engage with disciplines such as anthropology and the humanities that can bring critical issues such as power relations and socio-cultural values to the forefront of sustainability discourses. Research should also conceptualize the SDGs as a network of targets to facilitate the integration of sustainable tourism outcomes with broader development goals.

Keywordssustainable tourism
sustainable development goals
interdisciplinary
structural topic modeling
knowledge development
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
ISSN0966-9582
1747-7646
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2021.2004416
Publication dates
Published online17 Nov 2021

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