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Alberto Amore & C. Michael Hall (2022) Elite interview, urban tourism governance and post-disaster recovery: evidence from post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand, Current Issues in Tourism, 25:13, 2192-2206, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2021.1952940

Elite interview, urban tourism governance and post-disaster recovery : evidence from post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand

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Author: Amore, Alberto1; Hall, C. Michael2,3,4,5,6
Organizations: 1Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, Solent University, Southampton, UK
2Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
3Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4School of Business and Economics, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden
5Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden
6School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-02-14


Despite the long tradition of fieldwork and qualitative research practice in tourism studies, the reporting of methodological notes and reflections is limited in the literature. Many excellent methodological remarks in research reports and graduate theses find few outlets in academic journals and those few contributions that are eventually published often emphasize the novelty of the method rather than crucial aspects such as positionality and embeddedness. This is further evident in urban studies with regard to post-disaster recovery research. This article seeks to fill the current gap in the field by providing a reflective methodological account on fieldwork and elite interviews in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand. It does so by implementing a framework addressing key points in the elite interview process, with emphasis on access to fieldwork sites, power relations, positionality, rapport and ethical issues. The manuscript presents aspects of fieldwork, spatiality and power relations that tend to be overlooked in the literature. Albeit being context-specific, it is argued that the evidence from this study can also have relevance to the understanding of fieldwork in other post-disaster and tourism contexts.

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Series: Current issues in tourism
ISSN: 1368-3500
ISSN-E: 1747-7603
ISSN-L: 1368-3500
Volume: 25
Issue: 13
Pages: 2192 - 2206
DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2021.1952940
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Tourism on 20 Jul 2021, available online: