My research focuses on understanding destination development as it relates to its societal, economic, and cultural impacts. It is a broad research area, and I have conducted research on understanding rural tourism development and residents’ identity and livelihood change (Xue, Kerstetter, & Buzinde, 2015; Xue, Kerstetter, & Hunt, 2017; Xue & Kerstetter, 2019); employing politics of community-based tourism (Xue & Kerstetter, 2018); framing sharing economy toward a sustainable ecosystem (Leung, Xue, & Wen, 2019), meta-analysis of tourism-enhancing effect of the World Heritage Site designation (Yang, Xue, & Jones, 2019), and recently, employing big data in smart destination marketing/management (Xue & Zhang, 2020).

For several years, I have been struggling with my research interest which seems to be too broad to focus and develop in-depth understandings. However, when I started to teach undergraduate course “tourist destination management” three years ago, I began to realize that tourist destination is a dynamic system and every aspect within it, be it societal, economic, environmental, or cultural, or be it residents, tourists, or practitioners, are interconnected and should be considered all together to develop a better understanding of it. Here below is a simple graph that can represent my research interest and beliefs.

Infographic showing Lan Xue's research interest and beliefs: When a place becomes a tourist destination, tourists will meet residents at the destination, the place will become a dynamic system and will start to change in many ways, and my question is, how will it change? and what should be done to make it change in a better way?

Written by Lan Xue, Department of Tourism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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Selected publications

Xue, L., & Zhang, Y. (2020). The effect of distance on tourist behavior: A study based on social media data. Annals of Tourism Research, 82, 102916.

Xue, L., & Kerstetter, D. (2019). Rural tourism and livelihood change: An emic perspective. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 43(3), 416-437.

Leung, X. Y., Xue, L., & Wen, H. (2019). Framing the sharing economy: Toward a sustainable ecosystem. Tourism Management, 71, 44-53.

Yang, Y., Xue, L., & Jones, T. E. (2019). Tourism-enhancing effect of World Heritage Sites: Panacea or placebo? A meta-analysis. Annals of Tourism Research, 75, 29-41.

Xue, L., & Kerstetter, D. (2018). Discourse and power relations in community tourism. Journal of Travel Research, 57(6), 757-768.

Xue, L., Kerstetter, D. & Hunt, C. (2017). Tourism development and changing identity in rural China. Annals of Tourism Research, 66, 170-182.

Xue, L., Kerstetter, D., & Buzinde, C. N. (2015). Residents’ experiences with tourism development and resettlement in Luoyang, China. Tourism Management, 46, 444-453.


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