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Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi, School of Heritage Research and Management

Workshop on Sustainable and Ethical Travel: Practices and Prospects

Wednesday, March 1, 10 am onwards

Venue: 18-A Satsang Vihar Marg, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110067

This workshop is one event as part of G 20 programmes being organized by the University. Sustainable travel, eco-tourism, ways in which mass travel to tourist destinations ecologically affect the places, methods through which local community are involved in any travel venture, the ethics of traveling in an age of climate change are some of the guiding thoughts behind the workshop. As part of the Tourism Working Group meetings of G 20, the five thrust areas in connection to the 2030 sustainable development goals are Green Tourism, Digitalization, Skills, Tourism MSMEs and Destination Management. Keeping this as
background and connecting it to the Urban 20 engagement group mandate of G20, namely promoting environmentally responsible behavior; the concepts which the workshop would connect are community, sustainability and entrepreneurial imaginations. The two sessions of the workshop engage with some of these questions above. There is a Delhi-centric session looking at everyday travel, recreating heritage sites or sustainable modes of knowing the city. The second session with a focus on the local community will look into questions of entrepreneurial initiatives and ecological effects of mass tourism.

10-10.10 am Welcome and setting the context of the Workshop: Prof Rukmini Sen, Dean School of Heritage Research and Management, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi

10.10-10.45 am: Key Note Lecture: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Prof, Department of International Relations and Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University: Sustainable Tourism in the Anthropocene: Perspectives on and from the White Continent

10.45-11 am: Comments by Chair and discussant to Key Note Lecture: Dr Rohit Negi, Associate Professor, School of Global Affairs and Director, Centre for Community Knowledge, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi

11-11.15 am: Tea Break

11.15-1.15 am: Session 1: Ecological/Egalitarian Travel and Destination Management: Delhi as site Chair: Prof Krishna Menon, Professor, School of Human Studies

  • Dr Rashmi Sadana, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University, USA (online) Metronama: Travel, Public Transport and Mobility in Delhi
  • Ms. Nitika Arora, Co-founder, Darwesh Travellers: Monuments as Archives of a city’s Metamorphosis
  • Dr Sima Yadav, Assistant Professor, School of Heritage Research and Management, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi: Haveli’s in Delhi: a case study of development of heritage tourism and entrepreneurship
  • Mr. Himanshu, CEO and Tour Leader, Delhi-by-Cycle, Sustainable Cycle Tour in a Megacity
  • Dr Shalini Awasthi, Assistant Professor, School of Heritage Research and Management Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi: Curated Landscapes from Imperial ‘New’ Delhi

Discussant: Dr Ishita Dey, Department of Sociology, South Asian University

1.15-2pm Lunch Break

2-4pm: Session 2: Sustainable Travel, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Chair: Prof Rukmini Sen, Dean SHRM
1. Prof. Kiranmayi Bhusi, Prof, School of Social Science, IGNOU: Experiences of Fiddleheads Farm, a food practitioner's laboratory in Uttarakhand
2. Mr Abhishek Chandra, PhD Scholar, School of Liberal Studies, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi: Sustainable Travelling and Homestays: Development Practices in Nainital, Uttarakhand
3. Dr Divay Gupta, Principal Director, Architecture Heritage Department, INTACH: Development and Planning for rural tourism in Raghurajpur, Odisha
4. Dr Ridhhi Bhandari, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Sonipat: Of Touts, Fraudsters, and Commission: Thinking through The Travails of Travel and Tourism Entrepreneurship (in Agra)
5. Ms. Ruchi, PhD Scholar, School of Global Affairs, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi: Urban Political Ecology of Mass Tourism and Water: A Case Study of Dharamshala (smart city), Himachal Pradesh
Discussant: Dr Budhaditya Das, Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, Dr B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi


 Report on International Workshop on Sustainable and Ethical Travel