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Christine Buzinde

Christine Buzinde

Associate Professor, Department of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

School of Community Resources and Development
Arizona State University
411 N Central Ave, Ste 550
Phoenix, AZ 85004-3520


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, Department of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Christine Buzinde’s research focuses on two areas: community development through tourism and the politics of tourism representations. Her work on representations regards tourism texts as cultural repositories through which inclusion/exclusion, North/South and core/periphery can be understood. She examines texts as sites wherein entanglements of power and oppression as well depictions of agency and resistance can be unveiled. Buzinde’s work on development adopts a grassroots approach and it aims to understand the relationship, or lack thereof, between community wellbeing and tourism development within marginalized communities. She conducts research in Tanzania, Mexico, India, Canada, Ecuador, and the US. She has published numerous articles in tourism, geographical and cultural studies journals.



  • PhD, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois, 2006
  • Certificate of University Teaching, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, 2003
  • MA, Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, 2003
  • BA, School of Tourism Management, Thompson Rivers University, 2001


Journal Articles


Clark, C., G. P. Nyaupane, D. J. Timothy and C. N. Buzinde. 2022. Scenario planning as a tool to manage tourism uncertainties during the era of COVID-19: a case study of Arizona, USA. Current issues in Tourism 25(7):1063-1073. DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2022.2032617. (link )


Edmeade, J. N. and C. N. Buzinde. 2021. The role of educators in community resilience in natural disaster-prone communities. Community Development Journal bsab010. DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsab010. (link )

Johnson, C. P. and C. N. Buzinde. 2021. Exercise goal pursuits of tourists at exercise oriented tourism resorts. Anatolia DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2021.1906723. (link )

Manuel-Navarrete, D., C. N. Buzinde and T. Swanson. 2021. Fostering horizontal knowledge co-production with Indigenous people by leveraging researchers' transdisciplinary intentions. Ecology and Society 26(2):22. DOI: 10.5751/ES-12265-260222. (link )

Puhill Ambros, A. and C. N. Buzinde. 2021. Indigenous self-representations in the touristic sphere. Annals of Tourism Research 86:103099. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2020.103099. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. 2020. Theoretical linkages between well-being and tourism: The case of self-determination theory and spiritual tourism. Annals of Tourism Research 83:102920. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2020.102920. (link )

Buzinde, C. N., D. Manuel-Navarrete and T. Swanson. 2020. Co-producing sustainable solutions in indigenous communities through scientific tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 28(9):1255-1271. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1732993. (link )


Buzinde, C. N., C. A. Vogt, K. L. Andereck, L. H. Pham, L. T. Ngo and H. H. Do. 2018. Tourism students’ motivational orientations: The case of Vietnam. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research 23(1):68-78. DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2017.1399918. (link )


Melubo, K. and C. N. Buzinde. 2016. An exploration of tourism related labour conditions: The case of tour guides in Tanzania. Anatolia 27(4):505-514. DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2016.1224976. (link )


Chambers, D. and C. Buzinde. 2015. Tourism and decolonisation: Locating research and self. Annals of Tourism Research 51(Mar):1-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2014.12.002. (link )

Choi, Y., C. N. Buzinde and C. Lee. 2015. Visitor books and guest-generated discourses of hospitality: The case of the Hanok. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research 20(1):114-132. DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2013.866587. (link )

Kalavar, J. M., C. N. Buzinde, D. Manuel-Navarrete and N. Kohli. 2015. Gerotranscendence and life satisfaction: Examining age differences at the Maha Kumbha Mela. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 27(1):2-15. DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2014.924086. (link )

Xue, L., D. Kerstetter and C. N. Buzinde. 2015. Residents' experiences with tourism development and resettlement in Luoyang, China. Tourism Management 46(Feb):444-453. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.005. (link )


Buzinde, C. N., J. M. Kalavar, N. Kohli and D. Manuel-Navarrete. 2014. Emic understandings of Kumbh Mela pilgrimage experiences. Annals of Tourism Research 40(November):1-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2014.08.001. (link )

Buzinde, C. N., J. M. Kalavar and K. Melubo. 2014. Tourism and community well-being: The case of the Maasai in Tanzania. Annals of Tourism Research 44(Jan):20-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2013.08.010. (link )

Kalavar, J. M., C. N. Buzinde, K. Melubo and J. Simon. 2014. Intergenerational differences in perceptions of heritage tourism among the Maasai or Tanzania. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 29(1):53-67. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-013-9221-6. (link )

Xue, L., D. Manuel-Navarrete and C. N. Buzinde. 2014. Theorizing the concept of alienation in tourism studies. Annals of Tourism Research 44(January):186-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2013.10.001. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. and D. Manuel-Navarrete. 2013. The social production of space in tourism enclaves: Mayan children's perceptions of tourism boundaries. Annals of Tourism Research 43(October):482-505. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2013.06.003. (link )


Buzinde, C., Y. Choi and A. Wang. 2012. Tourism representations of Chinese cosmology: The case of feng shui tourism. Annals of Tourism Research 39(2):975-996. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2011.11.015. (link )

Buzinde, C. N. and C. Yarnal. 2012. Therapeutic landscapes and postcolonial theory: A theoretical approach to medical tourism. Social Science & Medicine 74(5):783-787. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.016. (link )

Choi, Y., C. N. Buzinde, D. Kerstetter and A. Graefe. 2012. The role of environmental attitude in a nature-based festival: The case of Bryeong Mud Festival. Tourism Analysis 17(4):417-429. DOI: 10.3727/108354212X13473157390605. (link )

Xie, H., D. Kerstetter, A. S. Mattila, C. Buzinde and D. B. Morais. 2012. Information usefulness versus ease of use: Which makes a destination website more persuasive?. Tourism Analysis 17(1):15-26. DOI: 10.3727/108354212X13330406123972. (link )

Yoo, E. E. and C. N. Buzinde. 2012. Grazing upon the kingdom: An audience reception analysis of a televised travelogue. Annals of Tourism Research 39(1):221-242. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2011.06.002. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. and I. F. Osagie. 2011. Slavery heritage representations, cultural citizenship, and judicial politics in America. Historical Geography 39:41-69. (link )

Buzinde, C. N. and I. F. Osagie. 2011. William Wells Brown: Fugitive subjectivity, travel writing, and the gaze. Cultural Studies 25(3):405-425. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2010.545425. (link )

Osagie, I. F. and C. N. Buzinde. 2011. Culture and postcolonial resistance: Antigua in Kincaid’s A Small Place. Annals of Tourism Research 38(1):210-230. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2010.08.004. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. 2010. Discursive constructions of the plantation past within a travel guidebook. Journal of Heritage Tourism 5(3):219-235. DOI: 10.1080/1743873X.2010.508525. (link )

Buzinde, C. N., D. Manuel-Navarrete, D. Kerstetter and M. Redclift. 2010. Representations and adaptation to climate change. Annals of Tourism Research 37(3):581-603. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2009.10.018. (link )

Buzinde, C. N., D. Manuel-Navarrete, E. E. Yoo and D. Morais. 2010. Tourists' perceptions in a climate of change: Eroding destinations. Annals of Tourism Research 37(2):333-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2009.09.006. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. and C. Almeida Santos. 2009. Interpreting slavery tourism. Annals of Tourism Research 36(3):439-458. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2009.02.003. (link )

Wang, A., D. B. Morais and C. N. Buzinde. 2009. American media representations of China's traditions and modernity. Tourism Culture & Communication 9(3):125-135. DOI: 10.3727/109830409X12596186103798. (link )


Buzinde, C. N. and C. Almeida Santos. 2008. Representations of slavery. Annals of Tourism Research 35(2):469-488. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2008.01.003. (link )


Almeida Santos, C. and C. Buzinde. 2007. Politics of identity and space: Representational dynamics. Journal of Travel Resaerch 45(3):322-332. DOI: 10.1177/0047287506295949. (link )

Semali, L. M., R. M. Ackerman, S. G. Bradley, C. N. Buzinde, M. L. Jaksch, J. M. Kalavar, V. Montecinos and M. R. Chinoy. 2007. Developing excellence in indigenously-informed research: Collaboration between African communities and the academy. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 3(2):8-23. DOI: 10.1177/117718010700300202. (link )


Buzinde, C. N., C. Almeida Santos and S. L. Smith. 2006. Ethnic representations: Destination imagery. Annals of Tourism Research 33(3):707-728. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2006.03.008. (link )

Book Chapters


Buzinde, C. N. 2018. Chapter 7. Tourism and indigenous communities: Linking reterritorialization and decolonization in North Africa. In: Timothy, D. J. ed., Routledge Handbook on Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138651920.


Buzinde, C. N., G. Shockley, K. L. Andereck, E. Dee and P. Frank. 2017. Theorizing social entrepreneurship within tourism studies. Pp. 21-34 In: Sheldon, P. J. and R. Daniele eds., Social Entrepreneurship and Tourism: Philosophy and Practice. Springer International Publishing . ISBN: 978-3319465166.

Buzinde, C. N., V. Vandever and G. P. Nyaupane. 2017. Native American communities and community development: The case of the Navajo Nation. Pp. 44-60 In: Carson, S. and M. Pennings eds., Performing Cultural Tourism: Communities, Tourists and Creative Practices. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138041424.


Buzinde, C. and H. Mair. 2016. Tourism and community empowerment: The case of a Tanzanian Massai community. Pp. 193-200 In: Sharpe, E., H. Mair and F. Yuen eds., Community Development:Applications for Leisure, Sport, and Tourism. Venture Publishing, Inc. State College, PA. ISBN: 978-1-93947-610-4.


Buzinde, C. N., E. E. Yoo and C. B. Peterson. 2014. Authorizing others: Portrayals of Middle Eastern destinations in travel media. Pp. 193-210 In: Hanusch, F. and E. Furich eds., Travel Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan. London. DOI: 10.1057/9781137325983_11. ISBN: 978-1-349-45959-9. (link )


Buzinde, C. N., L. Yue and S. Yarmenko. 2013. Corporate social responsibility and the millennium development goals: The case of Xel-Ha, Mexico. Pp. 7-22 In: Bricker, K., R. Black and S. Cottrell eds., Sustainable Tourism & The Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change. Jones and Bartlett Learning. Burlington, MA. ISBN: 978-1449628239.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. and C. N. Buzinde. 2010. Socio-ecological agency: From "human exceptionalism" to coping with "exceptional" global environmental change. Pp. 136-149 In: Redclift, M. and G. Woodgate eds., The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham.


Buzinde, C. 2007. Representational politics of plantation heritage tourism: The contemporary plantation as a social imaginary. Pp. 229-252 In: McCarthy, C., A. S. Durham, L. C. Engel and A. A. Filmer eds., Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy. Peter Lang. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0-8204-8682-6.



Buzinde, C. N., J. M. Kalavar, D. Manuel-Navarrete and N. Kohli. 2013. Integenerational perception of spirituality and sustainability: Pilgrimage tourism on the Ganges. Presentation at the Institute of Humanities Research in collaboration with the School of Community Resourcesa and Development, 18 October 2013, Arizona State University, Phoenix.