Self-organisation in tourism planning: complex dynamics of planning, policy-making, and tourism governance in Santa Elena, Ecuador

  • Carla Ricaurte-Quijano

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This research explores the dynamic interplay between self-organised tourism planning and formal, linear and institutionalised tourism governance structures in the Santa Elena province, Ecuador. Complexity theory provides a framework and a language to understand actor-led, non-linear, bottom-up, and highly contextualised self-organised planning efforts that can change the future of tourism destinations amidst unstable and changing tourism governance conditions
Date of AwardMay 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton
SupervisorPeter Burns (Supervisor) & Phil Haynes (Supervisor)

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