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Dr Peter Varga

Peter Varga , PhD


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


Assistant Professor

Teaching Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne

Teaching Subject(s)

Cross-Cultural Hospitality Management
Sustainable Hospitality Culture

Area(s) of Expertise

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

Short Bio

Peter Varga, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the EHL. His research interests center on sustainable sociocultural dynamics of current tourism practices in host societies; cultural intelligence in intercultural service encounters; and symbolism in food and eating habits from a cultural perspective.

He earned a Doctor in Social Sciences, Specialisation in Anthropology of Tourism, from the University of Guadalajara and Master of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Economy and Society, from the Central European University and University of Lancaster. He lives in the Geneva area with his wife and his two children.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Zizka, L., & Varga, P. (2021). Teaching Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions Assessing Hospitality Student’s Sustainability Literacy. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 1-16.

Martin-Rios, C., Zizka, L., Varga, P. & Pasamar, S. (2020). 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. (2020). EDUCATION 2030: Aligning sustainable development goals (SDGS) to and for a higher education. Paper presented at the 12th International (online) Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Online.

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.

Leroy, P., & Varga, P. (2019). The symbolic understanding of milk in Swiss gastronomy. Research in Hospitality Management, 9(1), 25-34.

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.

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. 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’EHL (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.

Funded Research Projects

Varga, P. Project: Developing an applied hospitality training programme for personnel in operations to enhance environmental and cultural awareness of the SDGs in the Swiss hospitality sector, Date: 15.06.2022 to 15.12.2022, External fundraising: HES-SO.
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)