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Professor James Higham

Office OBS 2.40
Tel +64 3 479 8500
Email james.higham@otago.ac.nz

BackgroundProf. James Higham 2017

James Higham is a Professor at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Visiting Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the University of Stavanger (Norway) (2008-2018) and Jim Whyte Fellow, University of Queensland (Australia) (2016-2017).
With Professor Xavier Font (University of Surrey), he is co-editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (published by Routledge Taylor and Francis, Oxford, UK):

Co-Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism:

His research interests generally address tourism, sustainable development and environmental change, and the interplay of sport and tourism.

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Courses taught

Tour 101: Introduction to Tourism
Tour 216: Sport and Tourism
Tour 422: Tourism and environmental change

Research interests

James has two current streams of research interest. In 2009 he initiated a research programme titled ‘Climate change and long-haul aviation’ which has brought him into international research and publication collaborations with Dr. Scott Cohen (University of Surrey), Dr. Paul Peeters (NHTV Breda) and Prof. Stefan Gössling (Lund University), with whom he has co-hosted workshops on sustainable mobility in Freiburg (Germany) in July 2012, 2014 and 2016. His current ‘Academic Mobilities’ research programme was initiated in 2014 in collaboration with Dr. Debbie Hopkins (University of Oxford). His research on climate change and aviation has extended in recent years to collaborations with A/Prof. Martin Young, Prof. John Jenkins (Southern Cross University) and Dr. Francis Markham (ANU) (‘Transitions to low-emissions tourist transportation systems in Australia’), Dr. Gabrielle Walters and A/Prof. Lisa Ruhanen (University of Queensland) (‘Altering attitudes towards flying’), and A/Prof. Lisa Ellis and A/Prof. James Maclaurin (University of Otago) (‘The collective ethics of flying’). Latterly, in 2017, James has been working on a research project titled ‘Climate change and tourism in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (CRMs)’ with colleagues A/Prof. Liz Halpenny, Prof. Tom Hinch, Dr. Howie Harshaw and Dr. Zac Robinson at the University of Alberta (Canada).


In the wider field of tourism and environmental change James works in collaboration with Lars Bejder (Murdoch University) to address the sustainability of tourist interactions with cetaceans.

Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) (24 July 2014): Whale Watching Tourism.

His second major field of research addresses the interplay of sport and tourism. His sport and tourism research collaboration with Prof. Tom Hinch (University of Alberta, Canada) dates to 1998. Their research interests address sport and spatial travel flows, sport and tourism seasonality, sport and authentic experiences, and globalization, sport and place. Most recently this collaboration has involved Dr. Brent Moyle (Griffith University). Together they recently guest edited a double special issue of the Journal of Sport & Tourism on ‘Sport and sustainable tourism destinations’, and an edited book by the same title. 

Find out more about James' research interests:

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Current PhD/post-doctoral supervision

Will Stovall. Public perceptions of climate change and tourist air travel.

Guojie Zhang. Tourist experiences at New Zealand ecosanctuaries.

Kamrul Hassan. Climate change and conservation in Bangladesh.

Jean Fletcher. Traveling to 2050: Stories of climate change.

Abbas Alizadeh. Tourism, wellbeing and sustainability.

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Completed PhD supervisions

Wiebke Finkler. Sustainable whale watching: A science communication approach.

Diana Kutzner. Climate change and wildlife tourism management.

Dr. Madda Fumagalli. Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) in the Egyptian Red Sea.

Dr. Sam Spector. Ski resort environmental communciations

Dr. Debbie Hopkins. Climate change adaption in New Zealand ski industry

Dr. Christina Cavaliere. Cultivating climate consciousness (under examination).

Dr. Dave Lindquist. Kaikoura, Dusky dolphins and tourism.

Dr. Dzingai Nyahunzvi. Neoliberalism and national park management.

Dr. Carla Jellum. Antarctic tourism experiences.

Dr. Anna Palliser. Tourism and socio-ecological systems (under examination).

Dr. Rich Wright. Sport, tourism and identity: An Autoethnography.

Dr. Arainne Reis. Recreational conflict in outdoor recreation.

Dr. Scott Cohen. Finding self: Long term travellers.

Dr. Caroline Orchiston. Tourism and Seismic Risk.

Dr. Rob Mitchell. CSR in tourism.

Dr. Maurice Kane. Adventure narratives in New Zealand.

Dr. Åsa Grahn. Personal benefits of educational tour experiences.

Dr. Kay Booth. Public Access in New Zealand.

Dr. Anna Carr. Cultural landscapes and tourism.

Dr. David Lusseau. Tourism and bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful Sound.

Prof. Ghazali Musa. Public Health and tourism in high altitude destinations.

Prof. Michael Lűck. Environmental values in dolphin watching.

A/Prof. Brent Ritchie. Cycle tourism and regional development.

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Publications

Sun, Y.-Y., & Higham, J. (2021). Overcoming information asymmetry in tourism carbon management: The application of a new reporting architecture to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tourism Management, 83, 104231. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2020.104231

Gössling, S., & Higham, J. (2020). The low-carbon imperative: Destination management under urgent climate change. Journal of Travel Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0047287520933679

Higham, J., & Font, X. (2020). Decarbonising academia: Confronting our climate hypocrisy. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2019.1695132

Sun, Y.-Y., Lin, P.-C., & Higham, J. (2020). Managing tourism emissions through optimizing the tourism demand mix: Concept and analysis. Tourism Management, 81, 104161. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2020.104161

Cocolas, N., Walters, G., Ruhanen, L., & Higham, J. (2020). Air travel attitude functions. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(2), 319-336. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2019.1671851

Authored Book - Research

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2018). Sport tourism development (3rd ed.). Bristol, UK: Channel View, 304p.

Hinch, T., & Higham, J. (2011). Sport tourism development (2nd ed.). Bristol, UK: Channel View, 280p.

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2009). Sport and tourism: Globalization, mobility and identity. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 314p.

Hinch, T., & Higham, J. (2004). Sport tourism development. Clevedon, NJ: Channel View, 254p.

Blaschke, P. M., Kearsley, G. W., & Higham, J. E. S. (1997). Management of the Environmental Effects Associated with the Tourism Sector: Review of Literature on Environmental Effects. Wellington: Office of the Commissioner for the Environment, 73p.

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Edited Book - Research

Hopkins, D., & Higham, J. (Eds.). (2016). Low carbon mobility transitions. Wolvercote, UK: Goodfellow, 280p.

Musa, G., Higham, J., & Thompson-Carr, A. (Eds.). (2015). Mountaineering tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 358p.

Higham, J., Bejder, L., & Williams, R. (Eds.). (2014). Whale-watching: Sustainable tourism and ecological management. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 387p.

Cohen, S. A., Higham, J. E. S., Peeters, P., & Gössling, S. (Eds.). (2014). Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 312p.

Higham, J., & Lück, M. (Eds.). (2008). Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. Wallingford, UK: CABI, 395p.

Higham, J. (Ed.). (2007). Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann, 439p.

Hall, C. M., & Higham, J. (Eds.). (2005). Tourism, recreation and climate change. Clevedon, UK: Channel View, 309p.

Higham, J. (Ed.). (2005). Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 294p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Spector, S., & Higham, J. E. S. (2019). Space tourism, the anthropocene, and sustainability. In E. Cohen & S. Spector (Eds.), Space tourism: The elusive dream. (pp. 245-262). Bingley, UK: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S1571-504320190000025021

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2019). Sport tourism: Marketing places. In J. Maguire, M. Falcous & K. Liston (Eds.), The business and culture of sports: Society, politics, economy, environment (Vol. 4: Governance). (pp. 301-316). Macmillan Reference USA.

Stovall, W., Higham, J., & Stephenson, J. (2019). Prepared for take-off? Anthropogenic climate change and the global challenge of twenty-first-century tourism. In D. J. Timothy (Ed.), Handbook of globalisation and tourism. (pp. 174-187). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781786431295

Zhang, G., Higham, J., & Albrecht, J. N. (2018). (Re)creating natural heritage in New Zealand: Biodiversity conservation and tourism development. In C. Palmer & J. Tivers (Eds.), Creating heritage for tourism. (pp. 243-257). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203701881

Higham, J., & Hopkins, D. (2016). Low carbon mobility, urgent features and radical transitions. In D. Hopkins & J. Higham (Eds.), Low carbon mobility transitions. Wolvercote, UK: Goodfellow. doi: 10.23912/978-1-910158-64-7-3287

Hopkins, D., & Higham, J. (2016). Transitioning to low carbon mobility. In D. Hopkins & J. Higham (Eds.), Low carbon mobility transitions. Wolvercote, UK: Goodfellow. doi: 10.23912/978-1-910158-64-7-3267

Musa, G., Thompson-Carr, A., & Higham, J. (2015). Mountaineering tourism: Looking to the horizon. In G. Musa, J. Higham & A. Thompson-Carr (Eds.), Mountaineering tourism. (pp. 328-348). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Higham, J., Thompson-Carr, A., & Musa, G. (2015). Mountaineering tourism: Activity, people and place. In G. Musa, J. Higham & A. Thompson-Carr (Eds.), Mountaineering tourism. (pp. 1-16). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Higham, J., & Hopkins, D. (2015). Wildlife tourism: "Call it consumption!" In C. M. Hall, S. Gossling & D. Scott (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of tourism and sustainability. (pp. 280-293). Adingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J., Bejder, L., & Williams, R. (2014). Tourism, cetaceans and sustainable development: Moving beyond simple binaries and intuitive assumptions. In J. Higham, L. Bejder & R. Williams (Eds.), Whale-watching: Sustainable tourism and ecological management. (pp. 1-15). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Gössling, S., Peeters, P., Higham, J. E. S., & Cohen, S. A. (2014). New governance models for behaviour change in tourism mobilities: A research agenda. In S. A. Cohen, J. E. S. Higham, P. Peeters & S. Gössling (Eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches. (pp. 300-305). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J., Bejder, L., & Williams, R. (2014). Time to rethink: Fostering the nascent 'sustainability paradigm'. In J. Higham, L. Bejder & R. Williams (Eds.), Whale-watching: Sustainable tourism and ecological management. (pp. 365-378). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Filep, S., & Higham, J. (2014). Chasing well-being: New directions for appraising tourist experiences. In T. Delacy, M. Jiang, G. Lipman & S. Vorster (Eds.), Green growth and travelism: Concept, policy and practice for sustainable tourism. (pp. 112-130). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cohen, S. A., Higham, J. E. S., Peeters, P., & Gössling, S. (2014). Why tourism mobility behaviours must change. In S. A. Cohen, J. E. S. Higham, P. Peeters & S. Gössling (Eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches. (pp. 1-11). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cohen, S. A., Higham, J. E. S., & Reis, A. C. (2014). Sociological barriers to developing sustainable discretionary air travel behaviour. In S. A. Cohen, J. E. S. Higham, P. Peeters & S. Gössling (Eds.), Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches. (pp. 68-87). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Hopkins, D., & Higham, J. (2013). Framework conventions for climate change. In A. Holden & D. A. Fennell (Eds.), Routledge handbook of tourism and the environment. (pp. 227-240). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J. E. S., & Cohen, S. (2010). Kerry Packer: World Series Cricket (WSC) and the (r)evolution of modern sports-related tourism. In R. Butler & R. Russell (Eds.), Giants of tourism. (pp. 182-197). Wallingford, UK: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781845936525.0182

Higham, J., & Lück, M. (2010). Urban ecotourism: A contradiction in terms? In S. Becken (Ed.), Tourism and the environment. (pp. 244-259). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2009). Sport and tourism research: A geographic approach. In S. J. Page & J. Connell (Eds.), Event tourism: Critical concepts in tourism (Vol. 1): The evolution of event tourism: Concepts and approaches. (pp. 384-404). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J. E. S., & Lück, M. (2008). Marine wildlife and tourism management: In search of scientific approaches to sustainability. In J. Higham & M. Lück (Eds.), Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. (pp. 1-16). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2008). Tourism, sport and seasons: The challenges and potential of overcoming seasonality in the sport and tourism sectors. In M. Weed (Ed.), Sport & tourism: A reader. (pp. 487-502). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Lück, M., & Higham, J. E. S. (2008). Marine wildlife and tourism management: Scientific approaches to sustainable management. In J. Higham & M. Lück (Eds.), Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. (pp. 380-388). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Hinch, T., & Higham, J. (2008). Sport tourism: A framework for research. In M. Weed (Ed.), Sport & tourism: A reader. (pp. 40-56). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J. E. S., & Hendry, W. F. (2008). Marine wildlife viewing: Insights into the significance of the viewing platform. In J. Higham & M. Lück (Eds.), Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. (pp. 347-360). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Higham, J., & Hinch, T. (2008). Sport and tourism research: A geographic approach. In M. Weed (Ed.), Sport & tourism: A reader. (pp. 72-89). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Hinch, T., & Higham, J. (2008). Sport, tourism and authenticity. In M. Weed (Ed.), Sport & tourism: A reader. (pp. 120-132). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J., & Lück, M. (2007). Ecotourism: Pondering the paradoxes. In J. Higham (Ed.), Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. (pp. 117-135). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Higham, J. (2007). Ecotourism: Competing and conflicting schools of thought. In J. Higham (Ed.), Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. (pp. 1-20). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Rowe, T., & Higham, J. (2007). Ecotourism certification in New Zealand: Operator and industry perspectives. In R. Black & A. Crabtree (Eds.), Quality assurance and certification in ecotourism. (pp. 395-414). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Shelton, E. J., & Higham, J. (2007). Ecotourism and wildlife habituation. In J. Higham (Ed.), Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. (pp. 270-286). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Higham, J., & Lusseau, D. (2007). Defining critical habitats: The spatio-ecological approach to managing tourism-wildlife interactions. In J. Higham (Ed.), Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. (pp. 256-269). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Higham, J. (2007). Ecotourism: Which school of thought should prevail? In J. Higham (Ed.), Critical issues in ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. (pp. 428-434). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Higham, J. (2006). Sport tourism as an attraction for managing seasonality. In H. Gibson (Ed.), Sport tourism: Concepts and theories. (pp. 106-130). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Higham, J. (2005). Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. In J. Higham (Ed.), Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. (pp. 1-14). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Higham, J. (2005). Introduction to sport tourism destination marketing and management. In J. Higham (Ed.), Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. (pp. 153-161). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Higham, J. (2005). Introduction to sport tourism destination analysis. In J. Higham (Ed.), Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. (pp. 17-24). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Higham, J. (2005). Introduction to sport tourism impacts and environments. In J. Higham (Ed.), Sport tourism destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. (pp. 223-232). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

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