Call for papers on local entrepreneurship and tourism

Peripheral areas can be considered as areas relatively far from urban hubs providing essential services, typically suffering from de-anthropisation and marginalisation, though provided with a wide range of environmental, cultural and social resources.

In this sense, the investigation of the linkages between local entrepreneurship and tourism in peripheral areas, and of the role of existing policies and of the arising bottom-up practices in fostering local development, is aimed at deconstructing basic dichotomies often emerging when dealing with such issues, i.e. rural-urban and/or center-periphery relationships, innovation vs tradition, authenticity vs mise en scene, agency vs inertia, social, cultural, economic mobility vs immobility etc. Moreover, focusing attention on the possible compliance or conflicting strategies of local actors with existing policies allows the possibilities arising from the analysis of local entrepreneurs as agents of change to be taken into consideration.

In focusing on relevant case studies we are able to shed light on local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas in relation to tourism. Representative topics shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the concept of peripherality in relation to tourism entrepreneurialism and the emergence of peculiar tourism-niches (e.g. food tourism in rural areas);
  • The role of local entrepreneurship in the development of tourism in peripheral areas as a form of resilience to the implications of (economic) marginality;
  • Migrants’ forms of agency and their impact on local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas in relation to the leisure market (i.e. leisure migrants);
  • The possible ways in which different takes on tradition and innovation can influence territorial marketing strategies in peripheral areas;
  • The “tourismification” and/ or “touristification” (Salazar 2009) of material and immaterial heritage in peripheral areas as a possible consequence of local entrepreneurship;
  • Key factors in the development of a tourism-led local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas;
  • Challenges of tourism promotion and local development: the urban- rural nexus;
  • Competitive strategies among local entrepreneurs in rural/peripheral area tourism.

We welcome submissions of relevant case studies analyses from economics, regional sciences, anthropology, sociology, geography, and critical tourism/leisure studies.

The special issue will be edited by Maria Giulia Pezzi (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy), Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy) and Neil Reid (University of Toledo, USA).

Submission Process

Abstracts of max 300 words, written in English, should be submitted for selection to Maria Giulia Pezzi at, by August 31st, 2017. Please CC Alessandra Faggian ( and Neil Reid (

Acceptance will be notified by September 15th, 2017.

Full papers to be submitted by December 20th, 2017.

The special issue is expected to be published by June 2018.

The following information should be included with the abstract:

  • Title of submitted paper
  • Name(s) of Author(s), affiliation, email
  • Professional background/current position

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