Dr Scott McCabe - ResearchCurrent Research Activities
My research stems from an interest in tourists' experiences of place and how accounts of such experiences contribute to enduring perceptions of self-identity. Accounts can take the form of travel blogs, journals, interviews or other forms of communication/texts. I have published a number of journal articles relating to tourism identity and narrative accounts of experience and the rhetorical function of everyday terms such as 'tourist'. This research is part of a broader interest in tourist consumer behaviour, tourist experiences and technology, and value co-creation. I am interested in social equity and the links between tourism (non-)participation and social exclusion through the concept of 'Social Tourism'. I have undertaken research work in partnership with the Family Holiday Association, the Family Fund, YHA (England and Wales) and UNISON Welfare. My research focuses on the benefits of participation in holidays for low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups in society in relation to subjective well-being, optimism and resilience and personal growth, education and self-development.