International Political Economy
Nick Kontogeorgopoulos’ research centers on the relationship between tourism, environmental sustainability, and personal values. He has conducted research in southern Thailand on the impact of ecotourism on community development, the spatial and temporal relationship between ecotourism and mass tourism, and motivational and behavioral differences between ecotourists and mass tourists. He investigated the role of tourism in elephant conservation in northern Thailand and the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand. In 2013 he visited Chiang Mai to interview volunteers from around world about their motivations for volunteering, their expectations of the experience, and their perceived impact on locals. Kontogeorgopoulos’ fields of study include the political economy in Southeast Asia, community-based development in Thailand, and international development. Articles include: “Homestay Tourism and the Commercialization of the Rural Home in Thailand,” in Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research (2015); and “The Relationship Between Volunteer Tourism and Development in Thailand,” in Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal (2014).
B.A., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 1992; M.A., University of Toronto, 1994; Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1998