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Beyond the air - conditioned boardroom: bridging western and Fijian indigenous knowledge in tourism research

Gibson, Dawn and Vada, Sera and Bibi, Patricia and Masau, Nanise and Powell, Bronwyn and Movono, Apisalome and Loehr, Johanna and Guthrie, Lachlan and Hadwen, Wade and Johnson, Helen (2022) Beyond the air - conditioned boardroom: bridging western and Fijian indigenous knowledge in tourism research. Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 6 (1). pp. 99-123. ISSN 2463-641X

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The COVID-19 outbreak and increasing natural disasters have intensified concerns about effective water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in Fiji’s tourism sector. Whilst Indigenous values and customs are recognised in tourism development, socially inclusive WASH research in the sector has inadequately addressed Indigenous cultural nuances, especially in Pacific communities. Drawing from the Fijian Vanua Research Framework (FVRF), a Pacific research methodology that incorporates Fijian values, relationship protocols, and ways of knowing, this research designed a culturally-sensitive and socially-inclusive methodology to respect traditional Fijian protocols, and examine hotel staff and host communities’ WASH practices. The research identified differential access to, and gaps in, the provision of WASH, and provided guidelines for future change. This paper presents the challenges of, and the lessons learnt from, the application of the methodology to field research. The methodology provided invaluable intellectual detail, resulting in the development of contextually appropriate recommendations and tools, and strengthening long-term working relationships.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI); Fiji; indigenous knowledge; research methodology; tourism; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Business and Management (SBM)
Depositing User: Dawn Gibson
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 03:18
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 03:18

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