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  • Volunteer tourism : a path to buen vivir? 

    Owen, Steven (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-26) - Thesis
    The popularity of volunteer tourism stems from its discursive positioning as fostering mutually beneficial relations between volunteer tourists and the host destination. Despite extensive scholarly work, the outcomes of ...
  • Sources, sinks and subsidies : carbon in Scotland's coastal environments 

    Smeaton, Craig (University of St Andrews, 2018) - Thesis
    The rise of anthropogenic carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere has forced a revaluation of our current understanding of the magnitude and mechanisms which govern natural carbon pools around the world. A largely ...
  • Investigating preference heterogeneity for restoring estuarine ecosystem services 

    Toledo Gallegos, Valeria Maria (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-26) - Thesis
    Given the general decline of estuarine ecosystem services (ES), policy makers require to understand further the drivers and barriers to increase society’s support for policies restoring them. The objective of this study ...
  • Distinctive and comparative places : alternative narratives of distinction within international student mobility 

    Prazeres, Laura; Findlay, Allan; McCollum, David; Sanders, Nikola; Musil, Elizabeth; Krisjane, Zaiga; Apsite-Berina, Elina (2017-03) - Journal article
    Moving beyond the ‘world-class’ institutional model of international student mobility, this paper examines alternative narratives of distinction relating to place of study. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with ...
  • Oiling the wheels? Flexible labour markets and the migration industry 

    McCollum, David; Findlay, Allan (2018) - Journal article
    The growing commercialisation of migration, often through a multiplicity of labour market intermediaries, is an issue of increasing academic interest. We seek to contribute to an emerging research agenda on the migration ...

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