Faculty Member Publishes Article on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development in Galapagos

Adam Burke presenting at a 2019 symposium in the Galapagos

Adam Burke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sustainability and program director of HPU’s M.A. in Sustainability (MASUST) program, recently published a peer-reviewed article titled “An Aquapelagic Evolution? Developing sustainable tourism futures in Galapagos, Ecuador” (article link). The paper provides a critique of Galapagos’ land-sea binary, path dependency on ecotourism, economic leakage, and ways ecotourism practices dissociate Galapaguenos from marine spaces.  

Burke has been researching in Galapagos since 2012 and offers a study abroad trip for HPU undergraduate and graduate students. Burke commented, “In Galapagos, this research may inspire the Galapagos National Park to re-conceptualize the framing of its upcoming conservation management plan. Here at HPU, the research offers my students an opportunity to analyze sustainable futures in another tourism-dependent archipelago in the Pacific.” Contact professor Burke (aburke@hpu.edu) to learn more about the article, the study abroad trip to Galapagos, or information on HPU’s M.A. in Sustainability program. 

Pictured is Adam Burke, Ph.D., presenting his research at the 4th Annual Symposium of Investigation and Conservation in Galapagos, organized by the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Science Center (Charles Darwin Convention Center, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, June 25-26, 2019).