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Dr Peter Varga

Dr Peter Varga


PhD in Social Sciences, Specialisation in Anthropology of Tourism, University of Guadalajara


Assistant Professor


Cross-Cultural Hospitality Management
Sustainable Hospitality Culture


Anthropology and tourism
Cultural intelligence
Sociocultural sustainability
Sustainable hospitality culture
Tourism development


Peter Varga besitzt einen Doktortitel und ist Assistenzprofessor an der Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen in der nachhaltigen soziokulturellen Dynamik aktueller touristischer Praktiken in Aufnahmegesellschaften, in kultureller Intelligenz in interkulturellen Dienstleistungsbegegnungen und in der Symbolik von Lebensmitteln und Essgewohnheiten aus einer kulturellen Perspektive. Er erwarb einen Doktortitel in Sozialwissenschaften mit Spezialisierung in Anthropologie des Tourismus an der Universität von Guadalajara und einen Master of Arts in Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft an der Central European University und der University of Lancaster. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden Kindern in der Nähe von Genf.

Veröffentlichungen in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Martin-Rios, C., Zizka, L., Varga, P. & Pasamar, S. (Forthcoming). KITRO: technology solutions to reduce food waste in Asia-Pacific hospitality and restaurants, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2020.1773513

Zizka, L., & Varga, P. (Forthcoming). Teaching Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions Assessing Hospitality Student’s Sustainability Literacy. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2020.1726771

Terrier, L., Varga, P. Scaroni, A., & Zizka, L. (2020). To go or not to go, that is the question: Using social influence to reduce hot beverage cup waste, Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 23 (4), 350-357. https://doi.org/10.1080/15378020.2020.1768041

Leroy, P., & Varga, P. (2019). The symbolic understanding of milk in Swiss gastronomy. Research in Hospitality Management, 9(1), 25-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/22243534.2019.1653608

Singh, I. and Varga, P. (2019) Symbolic and Sociocultural Interpretation of Tea Tourism in India in S. K. Dixit (Ed.), in The Routledge Handbook of Gastronomic Tourism. 1st Edition

Worwag, S., Varga, P., & Zizka, L. (2019). Tourists’ Ethical Concern for Dumbo: Elephant Tourism in Thailand. Journal of Travel, Tourism and Recreation, 1(2), 17-27.

Haslebacher, C., Varga, P. & Murphy, H.C. (2019). Insights from images posted on social media: Examining the motivations of volunteer tourists. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, 18(2), 259-273. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332845.2019.1558490

Das, P., Varga, P. and M’Seddi, E. (2019). The Economics of Real Estate Knowledge in South Asia: An Analysis of Supply and Demand in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in Das, P., Aroul, R. and Freybote, J. (Eds.) Real Estate in South Asia. Routledge International Real Estate Markets Series. 1st Edition.

Worwag, S. S. & Varga, P. (2017). Tourists' animal welfare considerations elephant tourism in Thailand. In Lee, C., Filep, S., Albrecht, J. N., Coetzee, W. (Eds.). CAUTHE 2017: Time For Big Ideas? Re-thinking The Field For Tomorrow, (pp. 419-428). University of Otago: New Zealand.

Haslebacher, C., Varga, P., & Murphy, H. C. (2016). Examining the motivations of volunteer tourists: Insights from images posted on social media. In Scerri, M., Hui, L. K. (Eds.), CAUTHE 2016: The Changing Landscape of Tourism and Hospitality: The Impact of Emerging Markets and Emerging Destinations, (pp. 217-230). Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School: Sydney.

Losa, S., & Varga, P. (2016). Interactional Negotiation of Linguistic Heterogeneity: Accommodation Practices in Intercultural Hotel Service Encounters. In Lüdi, G., Höchle Meier, K., & Yanaprasart, K. (Eds.), Managing Plurilingual and Intercultural Practices in the Workplace: The case of multilingual Switzerland (pp.363-368). John Benjamins Book Publishing Company.

Varga, P., & Binder, A. (2015). Sociocultural Hurdles of Sustainable Hospitality Management. Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism, 4(1), 77-92. DOI: 10.7603/s40930-015-0005-7

Varga, P. (2015). Spirituality, Social identity and Sustainability. In Sloan, P., Legrand, W., & Hindley, C. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy (pp. 21-28). Abingdon: Taylor and Francis Ltd.

Frommenwiler, S. and Varga, P. (2015). A modified value chain analysis of tourism development in the Inlay Lake region, Myanmar. In R. Hay (Ed.) Conference Proceedings of BEST EN Think Tank XV, (pp. 101-112). James Cook University: Townsville, Australia.

Varga, P. and Losa, A. S. (2013). Cultural stereotypes as work tools in the luxury setting? Investigating interactional practices in intercultural hotel front-desk encounters. Proceedings of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC).

Varga, P., & Losa, A. S. (2011). Enseigner la sociologie à l’Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (HES-EHL). Au-delà de l’Université. La sociologie face à la diversité de ses publics. Bulletin de la Société suisse de Sociologie, (140), 11-13.

Geförderte Forschungsprojekte

Varga, P., Project: Psychographic carrying capacity in the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Date: 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2020, External fundraising: Swiss Federation (Bilateral Program - Leading House for the Latin American Region program)


Outstanding Paper Award Runner-Up for "A modified value chain analysis of tourism development in the Inlay Lake region, Myanmar", Conference Proceedings of BEST EN Think Tank XV (2015)