Jess Ponting

Jess Ponting

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Tourism Management Emphasis


Contact Information

Room: PSFA 450
Ph: 619-594-8499


Jess Ponting, Ph.D. (UTS 2008) Dr. Ponting specializes in the use of sustainable tourism for community development. He has been particularly active as a researcher/consultant in equatorial Asia-Pacific, most recently as member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, and as a consultant for Fiji’s Tourism Master Plan. His areas of interest include sustainable tourism, surfing tourism, cross cultural interactions in tourism, the social construction of tourist spaces, and volunteer tourism. He is currently researching peak experiences in surfing tourism, hermeneutic circles of representation and surfing tourism, volunteering as a decommodified tourism experience, and the interface between traditional systems of reef resource ownership and sustainable marine tourism in the Pacific Islands.







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5500 Campanile Drive
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