Director, UOW Global Challenges Program & Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong

Urban and regional geographer with background in cultural-economy, tourism and regional development. His most recent books are Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity and Cultural Heritage in Hawai’i, California and Australia (2014, University of Hawai'i Press, with Andrew Warren), Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life (2013, with Carol Farbotko, Nick Gill, Lesley Head and Gordon Waitt) and Music Festivals and Regional Development (2012, with John Connell).

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong

Education

  • 2000 
    University of Sydney, PhD/Human Geography

Publications

  • 2012
    Creativity in Peripheral Places: Redefining the Creative Industries, Routledge, London and New York
  • 2012
    Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia, Ashgate, Farnham
  • 2011
    Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia, Channel View, Bristol
  • 2009
    Creative Tropical City: Mapping Darwin’s Creative Industries, Charles Darwin University
  • 2005
    Music and Tourism, Channel View, Clevedon
  • 2004
    Deadly Sounds, Deadly Places: Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney
  • 2003
    Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity and Place, Routledge, London and New York

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Crisis and change: cultural economic research on adaptability and sustainability
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2009
    Cultural sustainability in Australian country towns: amenity, mobility, and everyday life
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2009
    Making less space for carbon: cultural research for climate change mitigation and adaptation
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2008
    Cultural Asset Mapping for Planning and Development in Regional Australia
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Economic Geography (160401)
  • Recreation, Leisure And Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Urban And Regional Studies (Excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)

Honours

Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers