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Faculty of Management 
Swansea University
Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Skewen, Swansea, SA1 8EN
United Kingdom

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ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8177-2739  
Twitter: twitter.com/michealoregan

Overview

Selected Publications  
O’Regan, M., & Choe, J. (2019). Managing a non-profit hospitality platform conversion: The case of Couchsurfing.com. Tourism Management Perspectives, 30, 138. doi:10.1016/j.tmp.2019.02.018  

O’Regan, M., Choe, J., & Matthew, Y. (2017). Attendee motivations at an international wine festival in China. Event Management, 21(4), 449-461. doi:10.3727/152599517X14998876105774  

O’Regan, M. O., & Choe, J. C. (2017). Airbnb and Cultural Capitalism: Enclosure and Control within the Sharing Economy. Anatolia: an international journal of tourism and hospitality research.   https://doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2017.1283634

O’Regan, M. (2016). A backpacker habitus: the body and dress, embodiment and the self. Annals of Leisure Research. doi:10.1080/11745398.2016.1159138  

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). Religious Tourism Experiences in South East Asia. In K. Griffith, & R. Raj (Eds.), Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management: An International Perspective (2nd ed., pp. 191-204). Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing.  


Journal Publications  
Choe, J., O’Regan, M., Kimbu, A., Lund, F., & Larkin, A. (2021). Quality of life perspectives for different social groups in a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. Tourist Studies, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/14687976211038758

O’Regan, M. (2021). From its drifter past to nomadic futures–future directions in backpacking research and practice. Tourist Studies, DOI: 10.1177/1468797621990974 [Direct link to PDF)

Norfolk L. & O’Regan, M. (2020) Biometric technologies at music festivals: An extended technology acceptance model, Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/15470148.2020.1811184 [Direct link to PDF)

Choe, J., O’Regan, M, & Kimbu, A. N. (2020). Filipino migrant workers’ leisure and subjective quality of life in Macao. World Leisure Journal, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/16078055.2020.1798052 [Direct link to PDF)

Choe, J. Y., & O’Regan, M. (2020). Faith Manifest: Spiritual and Mindfulness Tourism in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Religions.   https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11040177

O’Regan, M. (2019). Post-Colonial Macau: hope and despair in a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. Via Tourism, 16. doi:10.4000/viatourism.4469  

O’Regan, M., Choe, J., & Yap, M. (2019). Conspicuous consumption and hospitality at a wine festival in China. Hospitality & Society, 9(2), 125-143. doi:10.1386/hosp.9.2.125_1   [Direct link to PDF]

O’Regan, M., & Choe, J. (2019). Managing a non-profit hospitality platform conversion: The case of Couchsurfing.com. Tourism Management Perspectives, 30, 138. doi:10.1016/j.tmp.2019.02.018  

O’Regan, M., Choe, J., & Di Giovine, M. (2019). Reframing and Reconceptualising Gambling tourism in Macau as a Chinese Pilgrimage. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment. doi:10.1080/14616688.2018.1545248  

O’Regan, M. (2018). Backpacking’s Future and its Drifter Past. Journal of Tourism Futures. doi:10.1108/JTF-04-2018-0019   [Direct link to PDF]

Choe, J., Qian, X., O’ Regan, M., & Yap, M. (2018). Macau Wine Festivalscape: Attendees Satisfaction and Behavioral Intentions. Hospitality & Society.   https://doi.org/10.1386/hosp.8.3.273_7 [Direct link to PDF]

O’Regan, M. (2018). The Hitchhiker as Bricoleur Anthropologist. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 42(3), 58-60. Retrieved from https://journal.fi/suomenantropologi/article/view/69712/30846  

O’Regan, M. (2017). Doing Things Differently: Opening Cracks in the Tourism System. Tvergastein | Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, (9), 24-33. Retrieved from http://www.tvergastein.com/   [Direct link to PDF].

O’Regan, M., Choe, J., & Matthew, Y. (2017). Attendee motivations at an international wine festival in China. Event Management, 21(4), 449-461. doi:10.3727/152599517X14998876105774  

O’Regan, M. O., & Choe, J. C. (2017). Airbnb and Cultural Capitalism: Enclosure and Control within the Sharing Economy. Anatolia: an international journal of tourism and hospitality research.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2017.1283634

O’Regan, M. (2016). A backpacker habitus: the body and dress, embodiment and the self. Annals of Leisure Research. doi:10.1080/11745398.2016.1159138  [Direct link to PDF].

O’Regan, M. (2015). Methodological bricolage: A journey on the road less traveled in tourism studies. Tourism Analysis, 20(5), 457-467. doi:10.3727/108354215X14265319207434  

Choe, J., Chick, G., & O’Regan, M. (2015). Meditation as a kind of leisure: the similarities and differences in the United States. Leisure Studies, 34(4), 420-437. doi:10.1080/02614367.2014.923497  [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M., & Chang, H. (2015). Smartphone Adoption amongst Chinese Youth during Leisure-based Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of China Tourism Research, 11(3), 238-254. doi:10.1080/19388160.2015.1077181 [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M. (2014). The tyrannies of collaborative consumption. Discoverr Society, (5). Retrieved from http://discoversociety.org/  
doi:10.13140/2.1.1708.3684  

O’ Regan, M. (2013). Independent Travel: Creative tactics in the margins. eReview of Tourism Research (eRTR), 10(5). Retrieved from http://ertr.tamu.edu/volume-10-issue-56-may-2013-special-issue-3/  

O’Regan, M. (2011). On the edge of chaos: European aviation and disrupted mobilities. Mobilities, 6(1), 21-30. doi:10.1080/17450101.2011.532649  

PhD
O’Regan, M. (2010). Backpacker mobilities: the practice and performance of travellerscapes in a global world. Retrieved from http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/12371/  

Book Chapters
O’Regan, M., Choe, J., & Di Giovine, M. A. (2019). Reframing and Reconceptualising Gambling tourism in Macau as a Chinese Pilgrimage. In M. A. Di Giovine, & J. Choe (Eds.), Pilgrimage beyond the Officially Sacred: Understanding the Geographies of Religion and Spirituality in Sacred Travel (1 ed.). Routledge.  

O’Regan, M. (2017). Niche Tourism. In L. L. Lowry (Ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:10.4135/9781483368924.n333  

O’Regan, M. (2017). Airbnb: Turning the Collaborative Economy into a Collaborative Society. In D. Dredge, & S. Gyimóthy (Eds.), Collaborative Economy and Tourism (1 ed., pp. 153-168). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51799-5   [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M. (2016). Motor coach tourism. In J. Jafari, & H. Xiao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism (Vol. 1). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_615-1  [Direct link to PDF].

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). Religious Tourism Experiences in South East Asia. In K. Griffith, & R. Raj (Eds.), Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management: An International Perspective (2nd ed., pp. 191-204). Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing.  

O’Regan, M., & Choe, J. (2015). Developing student engagement in China through collaborative action research. In Tourism Education: Global Issues and Trends: Volume (Vol. 21, pp. 153-167). doi:10.1108/S1571-504320150000021008  [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M., & Choe, J. (2015). China’s Tourism’s March Forward: Towards a Green Transition or Unsustainable Tourism. In M. V. Reddy, & K. Wilkes (Eds.), Tourism in the Green Economy (pp. 100-112). Routledge.  

O’Regan, M. (2013). Fragmenting tourism: Niche Tourists. In S. McCabe (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Marketing (pp. 268-280). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315858265.ch20  [Direct link to PDF].

O’Regan, M. (2013). Others have the clock but we have time: Alternative lifestyle mobilities and the resurgence of hitchhiking. In T. Duncan, S. A. Cohen, & M. Thulemark (Eds.), Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration (1 ed., pp. 35-50). Farnham: Ashgate.

O’ Regan, M. (2013). Couchsurfing through the lens of agential realism: intra-active constructions of identity and challenging the subject-object dualism.. In O. Moufakkir, & Y. Reisinger (Eds.), The host gaze in global tourism. (pp. 161-178). CABI Publishing.. doi:10.1079/9781780640211.0161  

O’ Regan, M. (2012). Alternative Mobility Cultures and the Resurgence of Hitch-hiking. In S. Fullagar, K. Markwell, & E. Wilson (Eds.), Slow tourism: experiences and mobilities.. CABI Publishing.. doi:10.13140/2.1.5165.3926  

O’ Regan, M. (2010). Backpacker Hostels: Place and Performance.. In K. Hannam, & A. Diekmann (Eds.), Beyond backpacker tourism: Mobilities and experiences. (pp. 85-101). Channel View Publications.. doi:10.13140/2.1.1757.5200  
O’ Regan, M. (2009). New Technologies of the Self and Social Networking Sites: Hospitality Exchange Clubs and the Changing Nature of Tourism and Identity.. In Y. Abbas, & F. Dervin (Eds.), Digital Technologies of the Self (pp. 171-198). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.. doi:10.13140/2.1.4378.9600  

O’ Regan, M. (2008). Hypermobility in backpacker lifestyles: The emergence of the internet café. In P. Burns, & M. Novelli (Eds.), Tourism and Mobilities: Local Global Connections (1 ed., pp. 109-132). Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England.: Channel View Publishing.. doi:10.1079/9781845934040.0109  

Burns, P. M., & O’Regan, M. (2008). Everyday techno-social devices in everyday travel life: Digital audio devices in solo travelling lifestyles. In P. M. Burns, & M. Novelli (Eds.), Tourism and Mobilities: Local Global Connections (pp. 146-187). Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England.: CABI Publishing.. doi:10.13140/2.1.3985.7447  

The Conversation / Long Form Media
O’Regan, M. (2020). How Airbnb got its IPO plans back on track. Read the original article.

O’Regan, M. (2019). Airbnb must face the facts: human trafficking and modern slavery happen in rented accommodation. Read the original article.

O’Regan, M. (2019). B Corp certification won’t guarantee companies really care for people, planet and profit. Retrieved from . Read the original article.

O’Regan, M. (2017). Tourist codes of conduct are a bad idea – here’s why.. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/  

O’Regan, M. (2014). The tyrannies of collaborative consumption. Discover Society.

O’ Regan, M. (2012). A View from the Street: Growth of mobility in Dalian, China. T²M Newsletter, 9, 17-19. Retrieved from http://t2m.org/  [Direct link to PDF]

Book Reviews
O’Regan, M. (2018). Book review: Critical event studies: approaches to research. Journal of sport & tourism, 22(3), 271-272. doi:10.1080/14775085.2018.1498151  [Direct link to PDF].

O’Regan, M. (2016). [Book Review] Songshan (Sam) Huang and Ganghua Chen (eds) Tourism research in China: themes and issues. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research. doi:10.1080/13032917.2015.1136185  [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M. (2015). {Book Review] Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (eds) (2014) Travel and Transformation, Aldershot: Ashgate, (hbk). ISBN: 9781409467632, 252 pages. European Journal of Tourism Research, 10, 148-149.  [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M. (2015). [Book review:] David Picard and Michael Di Giovine (eds), Tourism and the Power of Otherness: Seductions of Difference, Clevedon, Channel View Publications. Tourist Studies, 15(2), 222-224. doi:10.1177/1468797614563438  [Direct link to PDF]

O’Regan, M. (2015). [Book Review] A cosmopolitan journey? Difference, distinction and identity work in gap year travel, by Helene Snee. Tourism Geographies, 17(3), 498-499. doi:10.1080/14616688.2014.1000958  [Direct link to PDF].

O’ Regan, M. (2014). [Book Review] Dangerous Others, Insecure Societies (Michaelis Lianos, Editor). Tourism Culture & Communication, 14(1), 59-61. [Direct link to PDF]
 
O’ Regan, M. (2013). [Book Review]: China at the Crossroads: Sustainability, Economy, Security and Critical Issues for the 21st Century, edited by Wang Jisi. London School of Economics. Retrieved from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/  

O’ Regan, M. (2013). {Book Review] Living in a Low-Carbon Society in 2050. Horace Herring. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2012.. London School of Economics.. Retrieved from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/  

O’Regan, M. (2013). [Book Review] Liminal Landscapes Travel, Experience and Spaces in-between. Tourism Management, 38, 13-14. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2013.02.006  

Conferences
O’Regan, M. (2019). [Panel Organizer with Dr. LAVIOLETTE, Patrick (UCL / Tallinn Univ.) Dr. HOLLER, Jacqueline (UNBC)] – UAES 2019 Inter-Congress “World Solidarities – ”The Miracle of the Road: The affective atmospheres of Europe’s roads” – Poznan International Conference (27 Aug – 31 Aug 2019). https://indico.conference4me.psnc.pl/event/230/ses

O’Regan, M. (2017). Chinese ‘Problem’ Tourists: Governing from a Distance. American Association of Geographers (AAG Annual Meeting), Washington, D.C (03 Apr 2019 07 Apr 2019). https://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Me

O’Regan, M. (2017). The Future Looks Seamless: Attending to Friction in Travel and Tourism. In Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures.. CeMoRe – T2M – Cosmobilities – Conference.

O’Regan, M. (2017). The miracle of the road: The affective atmospheres of Europe’s roads. In RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017. London, United Kingdom.  

Choe, J., & O’Regan, M. (2016). Chinese Gamblers as Performing Playful Pilgrimage in Macau.. In Travel and Tourism Research Association. Shannon, Ireland. Retrieved from http://www.ttraeuropeconferences.com/  

Choe, J., & O’Regan, M. O. (2016). Filipino Migrant Workers’ Perceived Quality of Life. In Borlderless Worlds – for whom? Ethics, moralities and (in)justice in migration and tourism. University of Oulu, Finland.  

O’ Regan, M. (2015). Cross-border collaborative consumption and negative reciprocity in hospitality exchange. In Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference. University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.  

O’ Regan, M. (2015). Socio technical agency, Intra-active Agency and morality.. In American Association of Geographers, annual conference. Chicago, United States.

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). Tourism Development and Perceived Quality of Life among LOCAL RESIDENTS in Macau. In Travel & Tourism Research Association 2015 European Chapter Conference. Innsbruck, Austria.  

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). The Effects of Tourism Impacts Upon Quality of Life Amongst EXPATRIATES in Macau.. In Critical Tourism Studies Conference 2015. Opatija, Croatia.  

O’ Regan, M., & Choe, J. (2015). Pilgrims to Casinos in Macau.. In Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural. Macau, China.  

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IMPACT ON THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN MACAO. In International Conference on Tourism and Ethnicity in ASEAN and Beyond.. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Retrieved from http://wp.nyu.edu/  

Choe, J., & O’Regan, M. (2014). Developing student engagement in China through collaborative action research. In TTRA 2014 International Conference: Tourism and the New Global Economy (pp. 862-867). Brugge, Belgium.

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2014). The pilgrimage to Macau: Religiosity and Gambling. In Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. 6th Expert ATLAS Conference. Veszprém, Hungary.  

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2014). Conspicuous Consumption at an International Wine Festival in Dalian, China. In TTRA 2014 International Conference: Tourism and the New Global Economy (pp. 848-861). Bruges, Belgium.. Retrieved from http://ttra.omnibooksonline.com/  

Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2014). Chinese Consumer Behavior: Luxury Wine Consumption and The Impacts on Tourism. In Consumer Behavior in Tourism Symposium. Bruneck/Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy.  

O’ Regan, M. (2013). Spatial and Temporal Cracks in the Host-Guest Gaze. In Travel & Tourism Research Association “Travel and Tourism at the Crossroads.”. Dublin, Ireland.  

O’ Regan, M. (2012). The truth of the body on random roads: alternative mobilities and the resurgence of hitchhiking. In Independent Travel and Hospitality: An expert conference. ATLAS Independent Travel Research Group. Beirut, Lebanon.  
O’ Regan, M. (2008). Backpacking Mobilities. In Independent Travel and Hospitality: An expert conference. ATLAS Independent Travel Research Group. Shimla, India.

O’ Regan, M. (2006). Backpacker Mobilities. In Postgraduate Research conference: Progressing Tourism Research.. University of Exeter, United Kingdom..  

O’ Regan, M. (2005). Hyper-Mobility at Backpacker Internet Cafes. In Mobilities and Tourism Conference. University of Brighton, Eastbourne, United Kingdom.

O’ Regan, M. (1999). THE USE OF IMAGE IN TOURISM DESTINATION MARKETING. In European Conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association – Tourism Destination Marketing : Gaining the Competitive Edge. Dublin, Ireland.

Guest Lectures
O’Regan, M. (2019). Event Tourism: trends and opportunities– the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Lima, Perú.

O’Regan, M. (2018). For the sixth edition of seminar series Cities & Mobilities focused on mobility and design. I was at the Roeterseiland Campus (University of Amsterdam) on 16 March, 2018 to present Friction/Frictionless in the City.”

O’Regan, M. (2017). China and overseas events. Dongua University (Shanghai), supported by Santander.

O’Regan, M. (2017). Chiang Mai as a Smart Tourism Destination. Chiang Mai University (Thailand) – Supported by Erasmus Mundus –

O’Regan, M. (2016). Marine Tourism and Outbound Chinese Tourism. Pancasila University (Jakarta, Indonesia) in Thursday, June 2.


External  Media and Press
Brewdog’s crisis is a cautionary tale in following the advice to ‘buy brands you love’ – inew (2021)

The trouble with maskless tourists. – CNN (2021)

Should your business become a B Corp? – Raconteur (The Times) (2021)

Is it more important to be ethical than profitable? – Raconteur (The Times) (2020)

Hope 100: The movement towards better business (2020)
 
Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking? – SKIFT (2020)
 
Travelers behaving badly: Is the conduct of tourists getting worse? – CNN Travel (2020)
 
Purpose over profit: are B-Corps the future of sustainable business? – Reuters (2020)

 Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus? – Bloomberg owned CityLab (2020)
 
Airbnb must face the facts: human trafficking and modern slavery happen in rented accommodation – Yahoo News (2020)
  
Dear God, please send the Philippines some tourists‘ – South China Morning Post (2018)

The village that took over the world” – Gentleman’s Journal thegentlemansjournal.com (2018)

Tourists on drunken rampage in Marbella sparks furious backlash in infamous TOWIE resort – The Mirror (2018)
 
Pengelolaan Pariwisata Bahari Butuh Keseriusan (Maritime Tourism Management Needs Seriousness) (2016).
 
Choe, J., & O’ Regan, M. (2015). Uncorking the middle class.  Macau Business Magazine http://www.macaubusiness.com/news/uncorking-the-middle-class.html

Grants
 
British Council, Tourism’s role in protecting and restoring natural capital in Amazonian Peru (2017) https://michaeloregan.me/2018/09/27/a-researc-htrip-to-peru-with-a-researcher-links-grant/

Technical, socio-cultural, political and economic factors hinder effective restoration of natural capital, such as forests, rivers, minerals and oceans. While often accused of adding to destruction or at best, a hindrance to the protection and restoration of natural capital, this travel grant would enable me to look at how tourism has helped stop environmental degradation in Amazonian Peru and how it has helped repair damage already done. The travel grant would enable me to meet economists and ecologists, theoreticians, practitioners, policy makers, and scientists in Peru who have proved the value of tourism, and how deleop a case study of how tourism itself can both derive and protect natural assets, such as food, forests and clean air. The travel grant would also aid me to explore associated concepts such as cultural ecosystem services and further apply the resilience studies approach in tourism by visiting working projects in in Amazonian Peru.
 
Santander, What demotivates Chinese Students attending UK Universities: The role of perceived leisure constraints (2016)

Erasmus Mundus, Smart Tourism Destinations (2016)

Workshops
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017, organised by Bournemouth University, I ran an event about hitchhiking and micro-adventures.

Entitled ‘Miracles in the mundane: hitchhiking and micro-adventures‘, it occurred on the 11 Nov 2017.

Objective(s): 6 speakers, 3 hours thinking with and through hitchhiking and micro adventures to explore the modern experiences of passengering, ethical encounters, trust, the cost of speed and acceleration.

External Workshops
British Council Workshop (2019) – The workshop, held at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) focused on SDG #12 “Responsible consumption and production” (especially in the UK), and SDG#9 “Build Resilient Infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” (especially in Brazil). 

Prizes

Research Photo Competition (2016)
Education for Sustainable Development Community of Practice Award (2018)