Dr. Sonya Graci
Dr. Sonya Graci is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Director of the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. Dr. Sonya Graci is a specialist in sustainable tourism with a focus on corporate social responsibility, Indigenous tourism development, island tourism, stakeholder engagement and environmental management. She has a passion for working with communities to develop sustainable livelihood approaches and strategies to increase sustainability. She has worked with numerous communities, businesses and destinations on developing sustainability strategies in New Zealand, Honduras, China, Canada, Fiji and Indonesia. Dr. Graci has a Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Geography with a focus on corporate social responsibility from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Graci is also the author of two books. Her first book focused on the greening of the hotel industry and the second on sustainable tourism development in island destinations. She is also the author of several peer reviewed journal articles and industry reports and has been invited as a speaker at several conferences on sustainable tourism worldwide. She is also involved with several not for profit organizations related to sustainable tourism development.
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Sustainable tourism, corporate social responsibility, sustainable livelihoods approach, Indigenous tourism, Island tourism, stakeholder engagement, environmental management.
Nelson, K., Partelow, S., Stabler, M. Graci, S., Fujitani, M. (2021). Tourist Willingness to Pay for Local Green Hotel Certification. PLOS One.
Graci, S. Maher, P. and Peterson, B., Hardy, A. and Vaugeois, N. (2019) Sustainable Indigenous Tourism. Thoughts from the Think Tank. Journal of Ecotourism Special Issue on Sustainable Indigenous Tourism. https://doi.org/10.1080/14724049.2019.1583754, external link, opens in new window.
Graci, S. and Van Vliet, L. (2019) Examining the Potential for Sustainable Tourism in Small Island States. The Case of Savusavu, Fiji. Tourism Planning and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2019.1657933, external link, opens in new window
|Refereed conference proceedings and presentations|
Graci, S. (2020) Indigenous entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods in Canada. DEVNET. Auckland New Zealand. November, 2020.
Graci, S. (2020) From Theory to Practice: The Examination of Best Practices in Sustainable Indigenous Tourism in Canada. World Indigenous Tourism Symposium. Perth, Australia. (Cancelled)
Graci, S. (2020) Examining the Use of Environmental Instruments as a Method to Promote Sustainable Tourism in Islands. The Case of Savusavu, Fiji. T-Forum. Algarve, Portugal (Cancelled)
Graci S. (2020) The Sustainable Livelihood Approach to Indigenous Tourism Development: Examining Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Tourism Development in Canada. TTRA International, Victoria, Canada (Cancelled)
Graci, S. and Van Vliet, L. (2019). Environmental Instruments in Sustainable Tourism. The Case of Savusvau, Fiji. Critical Tourism Studies. Ibiza, June 22 to 26, 2019.
Graci, S. (2019). Examining The Potential for Sustainable Tourism Development in Savusavu, Fiji. The First International Conference on Small Island States and Subnational Island Jurisdictions. Oranjestad, Aruba: March 26 to 29, 2019.
Graci, S. (2018). Examining Best Practices in Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Development in Canada’s North. International Polar Tourism Research Symposium. Whitehorse, Yukon: June 22-28, 2018.
Graci, S. (2017). Communities As Avenues for Change. A Case Study of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Global Service Management Conference. Volterra, Italy, October 3 to 7, 2017.
Graci, S. (2022) Exploring the Use of Environmental Instruments as a Method to Promote Sustainable Tourism in Islands. Global Handbook of Island Studies.
Graci, S. (2021) Indigenous Ecotourism. In Fennell, D. (Eds.) The Handbook of Ecotourism. Routledge.
Graci, S. and Maher, P. (2018) Sustainable Tourism in Islands. In Baldicchino, G. (Eds.) The Handbook of Islands. London: Taylor and Francis