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Dr Peter Varga

Dr Peter Varga


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


Assistant Professor

Teaching Subject(s)

Cross-Cultural Hospitality Management
Sustainable Hospitality Culture

Area 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 Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. 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.


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.


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)