Negotiating interdisciplinary practice under the COVID-19 crisis: opportunities and challenges for tourism research

Xinyi Liu, Jun Wen, Metin Kozak, Yangyang Jiang, Zhiyong Li

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17 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: COVID-19 is currently the most serious crisis facing the world, and scholars in the medical and social sciences are working to save lives and mitigate the societal effects of the pandemic. This global public health emergency requires interdisciplinary work to provide comprehensive insight into a rapidly changing situation. However, attempts to integrate the medical and social sciences have met several barriers. This paper aims to identify feasible research opportunities for interdisciplinary studies across tourism and public health regarding COVID-19. Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents a critical review of the literature and generates corresponding conceptual and theoretical frameworks to provide an in-depth discussion. Findings: Tourism-related issues of destination management policies and capital are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. The conclusions encourage interdisciplinary research into global health problems, which will promote tourism’s renaissance and sustainable development while enhancing social welfare. Practical implications: This study focuses on integrating tourism and public health to offer stakeholders recommendations regarding destination management and tourism industry recovery amid COVID-19. Originality/value: This paper represents a frontier study, critically uncovering a host of innovative interdisciplinary research directions and tourism-focused collaboration opportunities related to COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-502
Number of pages19
JournalTourism Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Medical sciences
  • Public health
  • Social sciences
  • Tourism management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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