Colin Michael Hall

Professor in Tourism and Marketing, University of Canterbury

Michael has longstanding teaching and research interests in tourism and temporary mobility, regional development, environmental history, and sustainability with current research dealing with such issues as social marketing and behavioral change; place marketing; governance, power and policy making in tourism; steady-state and ecological economic perspectives; servicescapes and the design of places of consumption; second homes and multiple-dwelling; conservation and environmental and climate change; national park history as well as the travels and influence of John Muir; the impacts of hallmark events; biodiversity conservation and biosecurity from a tourism and mobility context; and the use of tourism as an economic development and environmental conservation mechanism especially in peripheral areas. The latter representing a return to the wilderness research he undertook for his PhD. He also studies wine and food tourism and gastronomy, which requires strenuous research in the field, this is particularly focused on development of local economies, network relationships and social capital, food miles, biosecurity, farmers markets and alternative marketing channels for small-scale producers.
He is the author or editor of over 75 books as well as author of over 200 journal articles and 300 book chapters. He is one of the most frequently cited tourism researchers. In 2009 he was named the Elsevier ScienceDirect ‘For Great Thinking’, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences category winner.


  • –present
    Professor in Tourism and Marketing, University of Canterbury
  • –present
    Visiting Professor, Centre for Tourism, University of Eastern Finland
  • –present
    Visiting Professor, Business School, Linneaus University, Sweden
  • –present
    Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 2011–2012
    Fellow, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Germany


  • 1990 
    University of Western Australia, PhD (Geography)
  • 1984 
    University of Waterloo, Canada, MA (Geography/Resource management)


  • 2013
    Sustainable Culinary Systems: Local Foods, Innovation, and Tourism & Hospitality, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2013
    Organising Waste in the City, Policy Press, Bristol
  • 2012
    Tourism and Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2012
    Tourism and water use: Supply, demand, and security – An international review, Tourism Management
  • 2012
    Medical Tourism: The Ethics, Regulation, and Marketing of Health Mobility, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2012
    Transition management: a tool for implementing sustainable tourism scenarios?, Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • 2012
    Lifestyle values, resilience, and nature-based tourism’s contribution to conservation on Australia’s, Environmental Conservation
  • 2012
    Consumer behaviour and demand response of tourists to climate change, Annals of Tourism Research
  • 2011
    Fieldwork in Tourism: Methods, Issues and Reflections, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2010
    Tourism and Change in Polar Regions Climate, Environments and Experiences, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2009
    Sustainable Tourism Futures: Perspectives on Systems, Restructuring and Innovations, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2009
    Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts An Integrated Approach, Routledge, London & New York
  • 2009
    Tourism and National Parks: International Perspectives on Development, Histories and Change, Routledge, London & New York

Research Areas

  • Tourism (1506)
  • Impacts Of Tourism (150601)
  • Recreation, Leisure And Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Tourism Policy (160513)
  • Food And Hospitality Services (150401)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Environmental Science And Management (0502)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Urban And Regional Studies (Excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Biogeography And Phylogeography (060302)


Hon. Doctoris Causa (Faculty of Arts), University of Umeå, 2008; Honorary Doctor (Faculty of Science), University of Oulu, 2013); Elsevier ScienceDirect ‘For Great Thinking’, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences category (2009)