Three Decades of Tourism Scholarship: Gender, Collaboration and Research Methods

Robin Nunkoo*, Michael Thelwall, Jeynakshi Ladsawut, Sandhiya Goolaup

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Despite ongoing problems with gender inequalities in tourism, little is known about gender differences in first and solo authorships, collaboration, and choice of research approaches. This study analyzes these academic practices using 4973 articles (11,033 authors) in three major tourism journals from 1990 to 2017. The results show evidence of gender homophilic collaboration behaviors. Gender heterogeneous co-authorships are becoming pervasive and seem to be driven by female first authors. Solo female researchers strongly associate with qualitative research. While male-only teams have the lowest likelihood of using qualitative research, the situation is more complex for gender heterogeneous teams. Practical suggestions derived from the findings for the gender equality agenda in tourism are discussed to promote more gender-diverse collaborations and female-led research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104056
JournalTourism Management
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Published online: 9 December 2019.


  • Authorship
  • Collaboration
  • Research methods
  • Gender
  • Bibliometric

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