Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher teaches in the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a member of the American Association of Geographers and the Royal Geographical Association, and contributes frequently to debates on tourism and its impact on environment and culture. His three books analyse the tendency to turn holidays into markers of moral lifestyle, criticise the development claims of green niches in the developing world and consider why trying to change the world through ‘volunteer tourism’ is indicative of a diminished politics. He has written for the Times Higher Education and Spiked amongst others.

Jim supports good causes and loves holidays but, unlike volunteer tourists, has never seen much merit in combining the two.

Related Sessions
Saturday 17 October 2015, 12.00 Pit Theatre


Volunteer Tourism: The lifestyle politics of international development (Routledge 2015)

Energy futures: how can we keep the lights on?

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