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Professor James Higham

Office: Commerce 2.40
Tel: 64 3 479 8500

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 Graham Miller (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 at the following links:

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Major works


Moyle, B.D., Hinch, T.D. & Higham, J.E.S. (2018). Sport and sustainable tourism destinations. London: Routledge (Routledge Special Issue Book Series).

Higham, J.E.S. & Hinch, T.D. (2018). Sport Tourism Development (Edition 3). Bristol: Channel View Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1-84541-195-4 (hbk). ISBN-13: 978-1-84541-195-7 (pbk)

Hopkins, D. & Higham, J.E.S. (Eds) (2016). Low carbon mobility transitions. Goodfellow Publishers: Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-910158-64-7 hbk; 978-1-910158-65-4 eBook.

Musa, G., Higham, J.E.S. & Thompson-Carr, A. (Eds) (2015). Mountaineering tourism. Routledge: London (Contemporary Geographies of Tourism, Leisure and Mobility series). ISBN: 978-1-138-78237-2 (hbk). ISBN: 978-1-315-76920-2 (ebk)

Higham, J.E.S., Bejder, L. & Williams, R. (Eds). (2014). Whale-watching, sustainable tourism and ecological management. Cambridge University Press. 418pp. ISBN: 978-0-521-19597-3.

Cohen, S.A., Higham, J.E.S., Peeters, P. & Gössling, S. (Eds) (2014). Understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches. Routledge: London (Contemporary Geographies of Tourism, Leisure and Mobility series). 312 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-83937-2 (hbk). ISBN: 978-0-203-77150-1 (ebk)

Hinch, T.D. & Higham, J.E.S. (2011). Sport Tourism Development (Edition 2). Bristol: Channel View Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1-84541-195-4 (hbk). ISBN-13: 978-1-84541-195-7 (pbk)

Higham, J.E.S. & Hinch, T.D. (2009). Sport and tourism: Globalization, mobility and identity. Oxford: Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-7506-8610-5.

Higham, J.E.S. & Lűck, M. (Eds). 2008. Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. Wallingford, Oxford; CABI Publishing. ISBN: 9781845933456.

Higham, J.E.S. (Ed) 2007. Critical issues in Ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0750668784.

Hall, C.M. & Higham, J.E.S. (Eds). 2005. Tourism, recreation and climate change: International perspectives. Aspects of Tourism Book Series. Clevedon: Channel View Publications. 319pp. Hbk ISBN: 1-84541-004-1. Pbk ISBN 1-84541-003-3.

Higham, J.E.S. (Ed) 2004. Sport Tourism Destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann. 304pp. Hbk ISBN: 0 7506 5937 8.

Hinch, T.D. & Higham, J.E.S. 2004. Sport Tourism Development. Aspects of Tourism Book Series. Clevedon: Channel View Publications. 254pp. Hbk ISBN 1-873150-63-6. Pbk ISBN 1-873150-62-8.

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Journal Publications (selected publications; last 8 years)

Spector, S., Higham, J.E.S. & Doering, A. (2017). Beyond the biosphere: Tourism, outer space, and sustainability. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(3): 273-283.

Espiner, S., Orchiston, C. & Higham, J.E.S. (2017). Resilience and sustainability: a complementary relationship? Towards a practical conceptual model for the sustainability resilience nexus in tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 15(10): 1385-1400.

Hinch, T.D, Higham, J.E.S. & Moyle, B. (2017). Sport tourism and sustainable destinations: Foundations and pathways. Journal of Sport & Tourism. 20(3-4): 163-174.

Bramwell, B., Higham, J.E.S., Lane, B. & Miller, G. (2017). Twenty-five years of sustainable tourism: Looking back and moving forward. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 25(1)

Reis, A. & Higham, J.E.S. (2016). Climate change perceptions of Australian non-frequent flyers” Tourism Recreation Research, 42(1), 59-71.

Peeters, P., Higham, J.E.S., Kutzner, D., Cohen, S. & Gössling, S. (2016). Are technology myths stalling aviation climate policy? Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 44:30-42. 10.1016/j.trd.2016.02.004

Higham, J.E.S., Haukeland, J.V., Hopkins, D., Vistad, O.I., Lindberg, K. & Daugstad, K. (2016). National Parks policy and planning: A comparative analysis of friluftsliv (Norway) and the dual mandate (New Zealand). Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events 8(2):146-175.

Cohen, S.A., Higham, J.E.S., Gössling, S., Peeters, P. & Eijgelaar, E. (2016). Finding effective pathways to sustainable mobility: Bridging the science-policy gap. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24(3): 317-334.

Hopkins, D., Higham, J.E.S., Tapp, S. & Duncan, T. (2016). Academic travel in the Anthropocene: A comparative study of university policy at three New Zealand institutions. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24(3): 376-397.

Bramwell, B., Higham, J.E.S., Lane, B. & Miller, G. (2016). Advocacy or neutrality? Disseminating research findings, and driving change toward sustainable tourism, in a fast changing world. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24(1): 1-8.

Higham, J.E.S., Cohen, S.A., Cavaliere, C.T., Reis, A.C. & Finkler, W. (2016). Climate change, tourist air travel and radical emissions reduction. Journal of Cleaner Production, 111:336-347. Special Issue on Sustainable Tourism.

Hopkins, D., Campbell-Hunt, C., Carter, L., Higham, J.E.S. & Rosin, C. (2016). Climate Change and Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(6), 559-583.

Higham, J.E.S., Bejder, L., Allen, S., Corkeron, P. & Lusseau, D. (2015). Managing whale-watching as a non-lethal consumptive activity. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24(1): 73-90.

Young, M., Markham, F., Reis, A. & Higham, J.E.S. (2015). ‘Flights of fantasy’: A theoretical reformulation of the ‘flyers’ dilemma’. Annals of Tourism Research 54: 1–15. DOI: http://10.1016/j.annals.2015.05.015

Higham, J.E.S., Reis, A.C. & Cohen, S.A. (2015). Australian climate concern and the ‘attitude-behaviour gap’. Current Issues in Tourism. 19(4): 338-354.

Hall, C.M., Amelung, B., Cohen, S., Eijgelaar, E., Gössling, S., Higham, J.E.S., Leemans, R., Peeters, P., Ram, Y., Scott, D. (2015). Denying bogus skepticism in climate change and tourism research. Tourism Management. 47: 352-356. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.009

Heenehan, H., Basurto, X., Bejder, L. Tyne, J., Higham, J.E.S. & Johnston, D.W. (2015). Using Ostrom’s common pool resource theory to build towards an integrated ecosystem based sustainable cetacean tourism system in Hawai`i. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 23(4): 536-556.

Orchiston, C. & Higham, J.E.S. (2015). Knowledge management and tourism recovery (de)marketing: The Christchurch earthquakes 2010-2011. Current Issues in Tourism. 19(1), 64-84.

Young, M., Higham, J.E.S. & Reis, A. (2014). Up in the Air: A conceptual critique of the flying addiction. Annals of Tourism Research (accepted for publication).

Hall, C.M., B. Amelung , S. Cohen, E. Eijgelaar, S. Gössling, J.E.S. Higham, R. Leemans, P. Peeters, Y. Ram, & D. Scott (2015). A Potemkin Village in Tourism Management: On climate change and environmental skepticism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 23(1): 4-25. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2014.953544.

Hall, C.M., Amelung, B., Cohen, S., Eijgelaar, E., Gössling, S., Higham, J.E.S., Leemans, R., Peeters, P., Ram, Y., Scott, D., Aall, C., Barr, S., Becken, S., Buckley, R., Burns, P., Doran, R., Dubois, G., Duval, D., Fennell, D., Gill, A., Gren, M., Gronau, W., Hopkins, D., Huijbens, E.H., Lamers, M., Lemieux, C., Lew, A., Long, P., Melissen, F.W., Nawijn, J., Nicholls, S., Nilsson, J.H., Pomering, A., Reis, A.C., Reiser, D., Richardson, R.B., Rogerson, C.M., Saarinen, J., Sæþórsdóttir, A.D., Upham, P., van der Linden, S., Visser, G., Wall, G. (2014). No time for smokescreen skepticism: A rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management (2014) 47: 341-347.

Higham, J.E.S., Cohen, S.A., & Cavaliere, C.T. (2014). Climate change, discretionary air travel and the ‘flyers’ dilemma’. Journal of Travel Research. 53(4): 462-475. DOI: 10.1177/0047287513500393.

Higham, J.E.S., Cohen, S.A., Peeters, P. & Gössling, S. (2013). Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable mobility. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 21(7): 949-967.

Cohen, S.A., Higham, J.E.S. & Reis, A. (2013). Sociological barriers to sustainable discretionary air travel behaviour. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 21(7): 982-998.

Mitchell, R., Wooliscroft, B. & Higham, J.E.S. (2013). Applying sustainability in National Park management: Balancing public and private interests. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 21(5): 695-715.

Hopkins, D., Higham, J.E.S, & Becken, S. (2013) Climate change in a regional context: relative vulnerability in the Australasian skier market, Regional Environmental Change 13(2): 449-458.

Higham, J.E.S. (2012). Wildlife social learning should inform sustainable tourism management. Animal Conservation 15: 438-439.

Higham, J.E.S. & Vistad, O. (2011). Tourism in protected natural areas: The Nordic-Baltic context. Scandinavian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality. 11:1-12 (Special Issue on Tourism in Protected Natural Areas).

Cohen, S.A., Higham, J.E.S. & Cavaliere, C.T. (2011). Binge flying: Behavioural addiction and climate change. Annals of Tourism Research 38(3): 1070-1089.

Higham, J.E.S. & Cohen, S.A. (2011). Canary in the coalmine: Norwegian attitudes towards climate change and extreme long-haul air travel to Aotearoa/New Zealand. Tourism Management 32(1): 98-105.

Higham, J.E.S. & Shelton, E. (2011). Tourism and wildlife habituation: Reduced population fitness or cessation of impact? Tourism Management 32(4):1290-1298.

Cohen, S.A. & Higham, J.E.S. (2011). Eyes wide shut? UK Consumer perceptions on aviation climate impacts and travel decisions to New Zealand. Current Issues in Tourism 14(4):323-335.

Walker, G., Hinch, T.D. & Higham, J.E.S. (2010). Athletes as tourists: Mode of experience and achievement orientation. Journal of Sport & Tourism 15(4):287-305.

Mitchell, R.W., Wooliscroft, B. & Higham, J.E.S. (2010). Sustainable market orientation: A new approach to managing marketing strategy. Journal of Macromarketing 30(2): 160-170 (Special Issue on Environmental Sustainability) [Most frequently downloaded JMM article 2010].

Reis, A. & Higham, J.E.S. (2009). Recreation Conflict and Sport Hunting: Moving beyond goal interference towards social sustainability. Journal of Sport & Tourism 14(2/3):83-108 (Special Issue on Sport tourism sustainability).

Higham, J.E.S., Bejder, L. & Lusseau, D. (2009). An integrated and adaptive management model to address the long-term sustainability of tourist interactions with cetaceans. Environmental Conservation 35(4): 294-302.

Book Chapters (last five years)

Hopkins, D. & Higham, J.E.S. (2018). Climate Change and Tourism: Mitigation and Global Climate Agreements In: Cooper, C., Gartner, B., Scott, N. & Volo, S. [Eds]. The Sage Handbook of Tourism Management, SAGE, London.

Hinch, T.D., Higham, J.E.S. & Doering, A. (2018). Sport, tourism and identity: Japan, rugby union and the transcultural maul. In C. Acton & D. Hassan (Eds). Sport and Contested Identities: Contemporary Issues and Debates. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 191-206.

Higham, J.E.S., & Neves, K. (2015). Whales, tourism and manifold capitalist fixes: New relationships with the driving force of capitalism. In K. Markwell (Ed). Tourism and Animals: Understanding Diverse Relationships. Clevedon: Channel View Publications (invited). pp. 109-126.

Higham, J.E.S. & Hopkins, D. (2015). Wildlife tourism: Call it consumption! In C.M. Hall, S. Gössling & D. Scott (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability. Routledge: London (invited) pp. 280-294.

Hinch, T.D., Higham, J.E.S. & Sant, S.L. (2015). Taking Stock of Sport Tourism Research
In A. A. Lew, C.M. Hall & A. M. Williams (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Tourism. John Wiley and Sons: Chichester (invited). pp. 413-424. DOI: 10.1002/9781118474648.ch33

Filep, S. & Higham, J.E.S. (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. New York, NY: Routledge (pp. 112-130).

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

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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Gössling, S., Cohen, S., Higham, J., Peeters, P., & Eijgelaar, E. (2018). Desirable transport futures. Transportation Research Part D. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.01.008

Spector, S., Higham, J. E. S., & Doering, A. (2017). Beyond the biosphere: Tourism, outer space, and sustainability. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(3), 273-283. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2017.1286062

Reis, A. C., & Higham, J. E. S. (2017). Climate change perceptions among Australian non-frequent flyers. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(1), 59-71. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2016.1215889

Espiner, S., Orchiston, C., & Higham, J. (2017). Resilience and sustainability: A complementary relationship? Towards a practical conceptual model for the sustainability–resilience nexus in tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(10), 1385-1400. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1281929

Hassan, M. K., Higham, J., Wooliscroft, B., & Hopkins, D. (2017). Managing tourism at the coalface of anthropogenic climate change. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht & W. J. L. Coetzee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. (pp. 815-818). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. [Full Paper]

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