Shalini Singh, PhD

Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Shalini Singh PhD

Office: STH 339
905 688 5550 x4103

Shalini Singh is Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University (ON).  Singh’s research explores aspects of leisure tourism with a focus on destination communities, domestic tourism and cultural heritage, spirituality and, place – people synergies. She has also made contributions to themes related with communities in the Indian Himalaya and sacred – secular pilgrimages / journeys. Her current engagement is with a Buddhist world heritage site (UNESCO) in India to understand the agency of tourism for integration and reconciliation.

  • Impact of World Heritage Site designation on tourism to sacred sites
  • Perspectives on and interpretations of studies in domestic tourism
  • Evidences of entitlements in travels through homeland
  • Tourist experience at home – Israeli domestic tourism
  • Leisurescapes and sense of national identity of visitors
  • National (India) Representative Board Member – Asia Pacific Tourism Association, S. Korea
  • International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Tourism (RC 50 – VP (Publications)

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Singh, S. & Higginbotham, G. (2017). VFF Tourism. In The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel & Tourism (pp.1409-1413). UK: DOI:

Singh, S. (2016). Inbound tourism. In Jafar Jafari and Honggen Xiao (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Tourism. Wien-New  York: Springer-Verlag.

Singh, S. & Newmeyer, T. (2016). Quest Tourism. In Jafari, J. & Honggen Xiao (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Tourism. Wien-New York: Springer-Verlag. +

Singh, S. (2015). Encyclopedia entries (4) – Domestic Tourism (pp. 175-176); Participation (pp. 385-386); Pilgrimage (p. 395); Sacred (p. 447). In Cater, C, Garrod, B, Low, T (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Tourism. Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Singh, S. (2012) Does Community Participation Empower Local People. In Singh. T.V. (ed.), Critical debates in tourism, CABI, UK; 101 – 121.


Journal Articles (Peer – Reviewed)

Singh, S. & Krakover, S. (2015). Tourist experience at home–Israeli domestic tourism. Tourism Management, 46, 59-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.06.007.

Singh, S. & Krakover, S. (2013). Homeland Entitlement: Perspectives of Israeli Domestic Tourists. Journal of Travel Research, DOI: 047287513514298.


Book Reviews

Singh, S. (2019). Contemporary Christian travel: pilgrimage, practice and place, by Amos S. Ron and Dallen Timothy.  Tourism Recreation Research, 44(2), 278-279.

Singh, S. (2016). Heritage keywords: rhetoric and redescription in cultural heritage. Journal of Heritage Tourism. DOI:

Singh, S. (2015). Contemporary Cases in Heritage. Annals of Tourism Research; DOI:10.1016/j.annals.2015.05.012.

Singh, S. (2011). Asian tourism growth and change.  By J. Cochrane (Ed.). London: Elsevier Science. Tourism Recreation Research 36(2), 195-198.


Conference Abstracts (Peer – Reviewed and Accepted / Presentations)

Singh, S. (2016). Sacred Places – Secular Engagements: Diverse Missions at Bodhgaya. Panel presentation and discussion to be held at the Annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Helsinki, Finland; 28 June – 1 July 2016.

Singh, S. and Das, M. (2014). Engendering the Buddhist World Heritage Site of Bodhgaya- A transformational path.  Presented at the 20th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; July 1 – 4, 2014.

Higginbotham, G. & Singh, S. (2014). Juxtaposing Genealogy and the Serious Leisure Taxonomy – A Persisting Problem.  Presented at the 14th Canadian Congress for Leisure Research (CCLR), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. May 21-23.

Singh, S. and Das, M. (2012).  On sacred – secular mutuality: Destination meaning – making through visitor reverence and leisure. Presented at the International Conference on Religious Travel and Tourism in a Globalising World on Guiding the Pilgrim: Religious Travel and Tourism in a Globalising World. University of Nicosia, the Euro-Mediterranean Academy of Tourism (EMAT), and the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO); April 26th-28th, 2012.

  • Introduction to Leisure Studies
  • Cultural Politics of Leisure
  • Migratory Pursuits in Leisure
  • Group Honors Thesis Projects
  • Foundations of Leisure
  • Leisure and Restorative Settings