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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), and Jim Whyte Fellow, University of Queensland (Australia) (2016-2019). His major service roles have included Head of Department (2006-2011), member of the Business and Economics PBRF panel (2012, 2018) and co-editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (2014-2021).

The Journal of Sustainable Tourism is an A+ journal that publishes 12 issues each year. Papers from the journal are downloaded 800,000 times per annum. The journal's 2020 impact factor is 7.968.

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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 research interests in sustainable tourism, tourism and global environmental change, and tourism carbon emissions. His current research projects, on decarbonising leisure mobilities (Norway Research Council), reducing global tourism carbon emissions (Australia Research Council) and regional tourism carbon footprint analysis (Auckland Unlimited), are being advanced in collaboration with Professor Jens Kristian Steen Jacobsen (Norway), Dr Ya-Yen Sun (Australia) and Professor Susanne Becken (NZ). James is a member of the Steering Committee of the University of Otago Transport Research Network, a member of He Kaupapa Hononga (Otago Climate Change Research Network) and affiliate of the University of Otago Centre for Sustainability.

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Current PhD/post-doctoral supervision

  • Lucia Danzi – Tourism and natural hazards
  • Sherry Tseng – Academic air travel cultures
  • Golnaz Nazem – Sustainable festivals
  • Zahra Rahmani – Wellbeing retreats (advisor)

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Completed PhD supervisions

  • Will Stovall – Public perceptions of climate change and tourist air travel.
  • Dr Guojie Zhang – Tourist experiences at New Zealand ecosanctuaries.
  • Dr Kamrul Hassan – Climate change and conservation in Bangladesh.
  • Dr Jean Fletcher – Traveling to 2050: Stories of climate change.
  • Abbas Alizadeh – Tourism, wellbeing and sustainability.
  • Nicole Cocolas – Air travel attitude functions (University of Queensland).
  • Dr 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.
  • Professor Ghazali Musa – Public Health and tourism in high altitude destinations.
  • Professor Michael Lűck – Environmental values in dolphin watching.
  • Associate Professor Brent Ritchie – Cycle tourism and regional development.

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Publications

Jacobsen, J. K. S., Farstad, E., Higham, J., Hopkins, D., & Landa-Mata, I. (2021). Travel discontinuities, enforced holidaying-at-home and alternative leisure travel futures after COVID-19. Tourism Geographies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14616688.2021.1943703

Zhang, G., Higham, J., & Albrecht, J. N. (2021). Ecological restoration and visitor experiences: Insights informed by environmental philosophy. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1922424

Fumagalli, M., Guerra, M., Brough, T., Carome, W., Constantine, R., Higham, J., Rayment, W., Slooten, E., … Dawson, S. (2021). Looking back to move forward: Lessons from three decades of research and management of cetacean tourism in New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 624448. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.624448

Higham, J. (2021). NZ tourism can use the disruption of COVID-19 to drive sustainable change: and be more competitive. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/nz-tourism-can-use-the-disruption-of-covid-19-to-drive-sustainable-change-and-be-more-competitive-155370

Fletcher, J., Higham, J., & Longnecker, N. (2021). Climate change risk perception in the USA and alignment with sustainable travel behaviours. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0244545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244545

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Zhang, G., Higham, J. E. S., & Albrecht, J. N. (2020). New territory for environmental sociology: Environmental philosophy and nature-based tourism. In K. Legun, J. C. Keller, M. Carolan & M. M. Bell (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology (Vol. 1). (pp. 262-281). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108554510.018

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Espiner, S., Higham, J., & Orchiston, C. (2019). Superseding sustainability: Conceptualising sustainability and resilience in response to the new challenges of tourism development. In S. F. McCool & K. Bosak (Eds.), A research agenda for sustainable tourism. (pp. 21-38). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781788117104

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hall, C. M., & Higham, J. (2005). Introduction: Tourism, recreation and climate change. In C. M. Hall & J. Higham (Eds.), Tourism, recreation and climate change. (pp. 3-28). Clevedon, UK: Channel View.

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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.

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