A Food-Led Recovery? Kangaroo Island, Fire and an Ambivalent Future for Tourism

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In January 2020, Kangaroo Island burned. This island at the base of South Australia was ravaged by bushfires. From this tragic event, how can regional development be enabled through a realignment of foodscape and landscape? Food and food tourism activate an intricate bundling of texts and resultant literacies. This article layers an analysis, and builds a textured theoretical surface on a specific landscape. To assemble a project nestled in Kangaroo Island, post-disciplinary knowledge is accessed from food tourism, gastronomic tourism, popular cultural studies, claustropolitan sociology, cultural geography, regional development and creative industries. This article is not a case study. Instead, post-disciplinary theory is frontloaded, to shape and construct a frame for food tourism beyond cliches of regional development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-269
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Social Sciences and Education Studies
Issue number3
Early online date22 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Kangaroo Island
  • Regional Development
  • Island Studies
  • Tourism Studies
  • Gastronomic Tourism
  • Food Tourism
  • Australian Bushfires


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