Luke’s academic background is in Geography. He has published research on the relationship between UK society and culture in terms of its impacts upon developing world countries. His research includes projects on the tourist cultures of long haul travel to Peru, the representation of global mobility at Ellis Island Museum of Migration in New York City, and the changing organisational reach of development charities in the UK. His research methods include qualitative data, ethnography and historical archive research.
Rossiter, J.A., Gray, L., Raina, A., Morley, M. and Desforges, L. (2008) Making the Most of Intro Week. In: Arlett, C. and Dales, R. (eds.), EE2008: International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education Conference Proceedings. 54-66. 14-16 July, Loughborough, UK. http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/ee2008/p054-rossiter.pdf
Desforges, L, Jones, R, and Woods, M, (2005) New Geographies of Citizenship. Citizenship Studies 9(5):439-451.
Desforges, L, (2004) The Formation of Global Citizenship: International Development Non-Governmental Organisations in Britain. Political Geography 23: 549-569.
Desforges, L, & Maddern, J, (2004) Front Door to Freedom, Portal to the Past: History at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York. Social and Cultural Geography 5(3): 437-457.
Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2004) Learning Geography Bilingually, Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 28(3), 411-424.
Crouch, D, & Desforges, L, (2003) The Sensuous in the Tourist Encounter: Introduction to the Power of the Body in Tourist Studies. Tourist Studies 3(1), pp 5-22.
Jones, R, & Desforges, L, (2003) Localities and the reproduction of Welsh nationalism. Political Geography 22, pp 271-292.
Desforges, L, (2001) Tourism consumption and the imagination of money. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 26(3), pp 353-364.
Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2001) Introduction: The geography of languages/The languages of geography. Social and Cultural Geography 2, pp 261-264.
Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2001) Bilingualism and geographical knowledge : a case study of students at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Social and Cultural Geography 2, pp 333-346 (2001).
Desforges, L, (2000) Travelling the World : Identity and Travel Biography. Annals of Tourism Research 27(4), pp 926-945 (2000).
Desforges, L, (2000) State tourism institutions and neo-liberal development: a case study of Peru. Tourism Geographies 2(2), pp 177-192.
Desforges, L, and Jones, R, (2000) The production of national identity in Wales: higher education and the Welsh language. Contemporary Wales 13, pp 27-45.
Desforges, L. (2003) Bananas and Citizens. In: Exchange Values (ed. S Sacks), pp 13-18. Oxford Brookes, Oxford.
Desforges, L, (1999) Introduction to Travel and Tourism, in P. Cloke, P. Crang and M. Goodwin (Eds) Introducing Human Geographies. London: Arnold.
Desforges, L, (1998) 'Checking Out the Planet': Global representations / local identities and youth travel, in T. Skelton and G. Valentine (Eds) Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Culture. London: Routledge.