Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University

Research and teaching related to travel and tourism defined my career during the last 20 years that I was on staff at Murdoch – tourism social science, including issues of risk recreation, sub-cultures and policy. This is illustrated by research into impacts of events in natural and protected areas, along with research exploring traveler subcultures, including ocean sailing and 4WD desert tourism. While most of my research has been sociological, my work in history includes entries in the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia and Great Circle and for the book on the history of Fremantle, Voices from the West End .

I have worked extensively in tourism research, which is inherently interdisciplinary, and within this ‘discipline’ area have worked closely with fellow researchers, including PhD students, in projects involving the natural environment, or nature based tourism, including wildlife tourism. Some of my theoretical work has involved tourism ethics and issues of sustainability, in many of its guises.

I am still (2016) involved in journal peer reviewing, PhD supervision and international online scholarly discussions (mainly TRINET).


  • 1975–2011
    Emeritus, Tourism Social Sciences, Murdoch University

Research Areas

  • Impacts Of Tourism (150601)
  • Tourist Behaviour And Visitor Experience (150606)
  • Recreation, Leisure And Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Tourism Policy (160513)