David Leonard is a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development at MODUL University Vienna. Originally from Australia and with work experience in the fields of tourism, carpentry, and agriculture, David is currently engaged in PhD research focusing on third sector governance actors working to promote sustainable development. The many non-governmental and non-profit organizations often seek change through non-official channels, relying instead on persuasive communications to enlist the support of the general public for positive environmental and societal outcomes. David’s research examines the effectiveness of these communications, with an emphasis on effective vegan advocacy. His further research interests include environmental issues, including sustainable tourism and certification, as well as human population dynamics and societal inequality.
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"Can Cryptocurrencies Help to Pave the Way to a More Sustainable Economy? Questioning the Economic Growth Paradigm"2019 Pages: 183-205
Author(s): David Leonard, Horst Treiblmaier
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
"Contribution of international ecotourism to comprehensive economic development and convergence in the Central American and Caribbean region"2018 in: Applied Economics. Pages: 1-16
Drawing on the positive experience from Costa Rica, the study examines whether international ecotourism makes a significant contribution to comprehensive economic development for the Central American and Caribbean region and contributes to comprehensive economic convergence. Following a standard empirical growth model, a dynamic panel regression model is estimated using time-series data from 1995 until 2012 for a cross section of seven countries. The interaction of international tourism and various established sustainability indicators is employed allowing ecotourism to be consistently quantified across countries, while numerous country-specific structural characteristics are controlled for. The estimation results show that international ecotourism has a statistically significant positive effect on both traditional economic development (real GDP per capita) and comprehensive economic development (adjusted net savings; ANS per capita), which is a measure of a society’s potential future well-being, thus providing evidence in support of the tourism-led growth hypothesis and pointing towards an important role for ecotourism in driving comprehensive economic convergence.
Author(s): Ulrich Gunter, Graziano M. Ceddia, David Leonard, Bernhard Tröster
Publication date: 23. 1. 2018
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1430339
"Cognitive Dissonance in Meat-Eaters and Effective Vegan Advocacy"2017
Author(s): David Leonard
Publication date: 5. 11. 2017
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