Addressing dereliction and devaluation in urban tourism: the case of Cork, Ireland

Donagh Horgan, Tom Baum

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Purpose -- This paper aims to focus on increasingly entrepreneurial approaches to urban governance in the country’s second city Cork, where neoliberal strategy has driven uneven spatial development.
Design/methodology/approach -- This paper combines insights from literature review with new knowledge derived from interviews with key informants in the city.
Findings -- Post-colonial themes provoke a consideration of how uneven power dynamics stifle social innovation in the built environment.
Research limitations/implications --Assembled narratives expose opaque aspects of governance, ownership and participation, presenting opportunities for rethinking urban vacancy through placemaking.
Practical implications -- These draw on nuanced models for tourism as a platform for a broader discourse on rights to the city.
Social implications -- A century after independence, Ireland is recast as a leading small European economy, away from historical framings of a rural economic backwater of the British Empire.
Originality/value -- The model of success is based on a basket of targeted investment policies and somewhat dubious indicators for growth
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Cities
Early online date22 Sep 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2022


  • urban tourism
  • Ireland
  • post-colonial
  • sustainable tourism
  • social innovation
  • urban placemaking
  • dereliction
  • transformative tourism


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