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Professor Neil Carr

Office OBS 2.52
Email neil.carr@otago.ac.nz

Background

Since obtaining his PhD in tourism geography from the University of Exeter in 1998, Neil has worked at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), the University of Queensland and the University of Otago which he joined in 2004. In 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2014 he took on the part time position of Associate Dean (postgraduate) in the Otago Business School. He served as the Head of Department of Tourism at the University of Otago between 2015 and 2020.

Research interests

Neil’s research encompasses a variety of interests that utilise tourism and leisure experiences as a cross-disciplinary lens through which to view behaviour; with a particular emphasis on children and families, identity formation, risk, gender, animals (particularly, but not exclusively, dogs) and animal rights, zoos, freedom, and sex and the sexual. As such, his research is firmly situated within a social science/humanities framework but at the same time clearly links into the applied reality of tourism and leisure as both social phenomena, areas of academic research, and global industries.

Recent external research funding

  • Latin American international working holiday visitors to New Zealand: A mechanism for establishing international business linkages. Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$122,221. Neil Carr & Craig Lee.
  • Identifying the business needs of Tourism SMEs for the Latin America market. Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$12,435.55. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Identifying the business needs of Tourism SMEs for the Southeast Asian market. Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$18,599.28. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Cultural acumen tourism training. Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$29,669. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Cultural acumen tourism training. Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$29,669. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Cultural acumen tourism training. North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2018). NZ$306,893. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Identifying the business needs of tourism SMEs for the north Asian market. North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (2017). NZ$26,720.25. Neil Carr, Craig Lee & Mingming Cheng.
  • Virtual Assistance Dogs: Improving Learning for Disadvantaged Youth. Vodafone Innovation Fund (2019). NZ$11,500. Neil Carr, Wiebke Finkler & Brendon Woodford.
  • International tourists’ road rule and safety awareness. Transport Research and Educational Trust (2018). NZ$5,000. Neil Carr.

Journal editor/associate editor

Served as the editor of Annals of Leisure Research between 2013 and 2019.

PHENex/phenEPS (Physical & Health Education Academic Journal)

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Current PhD and DBA supervision

Taufik Abdullah. Culinary tourism attributes: its influence towards tourists’ intention to purchase traditional street food.

Golnaz Nazem. How can waste reduction practices become institutionalized among food festival organizers and vendors?

Mei Yaojiong (DBA). Study on the Impact of the Theme Park Route Planning on the Secondary Family Consumption from the Perspective of Tourist Satisfaction.

Karun Rawat. The silent Choreographers of Mount Everest: An ethnography study about Sherpa as Mountain Tour Guide.

Parisa Saadat. How age impacts the photos we take on holiday.

Shiraani Fathimath. Able-ling the Disabled: A Study of New Zealand Travel and Tourism.

Kishor Chitrakar. Community Based Home-Stay Tourism as a Sustainable Tourism Model in Nepal.

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Past PhD and DBA supervision

Xiaofeng Kan (DBA). Examine the Motivation and Involvement for Chinese Recreational Diving Consumer.

Reni Binti Polus. The spiritual journey of international volunteer tourists​.

David Adeloye. When is close too close? Geographical perception of terrorism and its influence on domestic tourists’ travel behaviour.

Leonardo Nava. Territorial analysis of New Zealand’s recreational camping system under the paradigm of Sustainable Development.

Ismail Shaheer. Tourism boycott calls by Twitter users due to concerns for the welfare of animals.

Kevin Bigham. An Ethnography of Urban Exploration: Unpacking its Social Spaces and Understanding its Communities.

Maureen Ukaegbu. Heritage tourism and authenticity in the middle belt region of Nigeria.

Sandeep Basnyat. Post-Conflict Violence And Tourism: The Nepalese Experience.

Samuel Spector. Ski resort environmental communications and the shaping of environmental awareness.

Felix Bello. Socio-cultural impacts of tourism development and community planning in developing countries: The case of Malawi.

Gabriella Nagy. Institutionalisation of tourism services: Hop on, hop off services and their influence on the tourism industry.

Fernando Oyarzun Lillo. Comparative Analysis of Public Policies for Development and Competitiveness of Special Interest Tourism: New Zealand and Chile.

Neil Walsh. The relationship between the guidebook, backpacker-culture and place in New Zealand. PhD awarded March, 2014

Norhanim Abdul Razak. Tourism and mythology. PhD awarded May, 2013

Sandro Carnicelli. Emotional Labor: Pleasure and fear at work for Whitewater Rafting guides. PhD awarded June, 2011

Julie Tate-Libby. Tourism and commoditisation of religion. PhD awarded September, 2010

Andrea Valentin. Role of personal political values in tourism destination decision making process. PhD awarded April, 2010

Paolo Mura. Tourists’ perception of fear. PhD awarded July, 2009

Scott Cohen. Long term travellers in search of ‘self’. PhD awarded July, 2009

Daniela Schilcher. Influence of super-national organisations on national tourism development policies in the South Pacific. PhD awarded March, 2008.

Supatcharajit Jitpraphai. Gambling tourism in Thailand. PhD awarded, March, 2008.

Filipo Tokalau. Assessing the impact of communal use of land on tourism development in Fiji. PhD awarded January, 2008

Chompunch Jittithavorn. Cross border international tourism marketing in Southeast Asia. PhD awarded July, 2007.

Therdchai Choibamroog. Civil society as a strategic factor in collaborative tourism planning for sustainable tourism development in Thailand. Awarded May, 2003.

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Past Masters supervision

Li, Zhi, "A Study into International University Students as Tourists in New Zealand", 2011-

Lau, Sze-En, "Ecotourism and Learning", 2011-

Emma Lowe "Novel destinations: Dunedin, city of literature?", 2009-

James Jesudhass "Couchsurfing beyond Borders: A Qualitative Study on Couchsurfing Members and Their Practice in Hanoi, Vietnam", 2008 - 2011

Simone Eisenhauer "Sports Events and Risk Management in New Zealand: How Safe is Safe Enough?", 2004 – 2005.

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Books and edited volumes

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Publications

Carr, N. (2021). Doom-mongers beware: An analysis of the health of leisure studies. Leisure Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2021.1980089

Saadat Abadi Nasab, P., Carr, N., & Walters, T. (2021). Viewing the changing position of children in family leisure over time: A photographic analysis. World Leisure Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/16078055.2021.1916586

Carr, N. (2021). Disabled animals and leisure: Casting light on those left behind in the shadows. Leisure Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2021.1942523

Shiraani, F., & Carr, N. (2021). Disabled children are not voiceless beings. Annals of Tourism Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2021.103257

Shaheer, I., Carr, N., & Insch, A. (2021). Rallying support for animal welfare on Twitter: A tale of four destination boycotts. Tourism Recreation Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2021.1936411

Carr, N. (2014). Dogs in the leisure experience. Wallingford, UK: CABI, 171p.

Authored Book - Research

Carr, N. (2011). Children's and families' holiday experiences. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 204p.

Authored Book - Research

Ritchie, B. W., Carr, N., & Cooper, C. (2003). Managing educational tourism. Clevedon, UK: Channel View, 280p.

Authored Book - Research

Carr, N., & Young, J. (Eds.). (2018). Wild animals and leisure: Rights and wellbeing. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 242p.

Edited Book - Research

Carr, N. (Ed.). (2015). Domestic animals and leisure. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 296p.

Edited Book - Research

Walker, C., & Carr, N. (Eds.). (2013). Tourism and archaeology: Sustainable meeting grounds. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 301p.

Edited Book - Research

Carr, N., & Poria, Y. (Eds.). (2010). Sex and the sexual during people's leisure and tourism experiences. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 210p.

Edited Book - Research

Carr, N. (2021). Redefining the work of working animals in the tourism industry: An animal-centric reflection. In J. M. Rickly & C. Kline (Eds.), Exploring non-human work in tourism: From beasts of burden to animal ambassadors. (pp. 37-52). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110664058-004

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2021). When is a hegemonic male not a hegemonic male? Personal reflections of a tourism(ish) researcher. In B. A. Porter, H. A. Schänzel & J. M. Cheer (Eds.), Masculinities in the Field. (pp. 31-45). Bristol, UK: Channel View Publications. doi: 10.21832/PORTER7963

Chapter in Book - Research

Shiraani, F., Carr, N., & Rutherford, G. (2021). Disabled children as legitimate research participants: A topic omitted from tourism research? In J. Lima & C. Eusébio (Eds.), Social tourism: Global challenges and approaches. (pp. 96-108). Wallingford, UK: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781789241211.0009

Chapter in Book - Research

Tully, P. A. G., & Carr, N. (2021). Farm animals' participation in tourism experiences: A time for proper respect. In J. M. Rickly & C. Kline (Eds.), Exploring non-human work in tourism: From beasts of burden to animal ambassadors. (pp. 83-102). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110664058-007

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Schänzel, H. (2020). Social tourism in New Zealand: Uncovering ‘hidden’ needs. In A. Diekmann & S. McCabe (Eds.), Handbook of social tourism. (pp. 256-266). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Chapter in Book - Research

Adeloye, D., & Carr, N. (2019). Terrorism and tourism recovery cases: A study of Tunisia and Egypt. In M. Mkono (Ed.), Positive tourism in Africa. (pp. 197-210). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2019). The impacts of tourism on animals. In D. Gursoy & R. Nunkoo (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of tourism impacts: Theoretical and applied perspectives. (pp. 72-81). Abindgon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351025102

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2018). Tourist desires and animal rights and welfare within tourism: A question of obligations. In B. S. R. Grimwood, K. Caton & L. Cooke (Eds.), New moral natures in tourism. (pp. 116-130). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315265117

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Young, J. (2018). Conclusion: Charting a way forward. In N. Carr & J. Young (Eds.), Wild animals and leisure: Rights and wellbeing. (pp. 225-233). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Young, J. (2018). Wild animals and leisure: An introduction. In N. Carr & J. Young (Eds.), Wild animals and leisure: Rights and wellbeing. (pp. 1-11). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Young, J. (2018). Zoos and animal encounters: To touch or not to touch, that is the question. In N. Carr & J. Young (Eds.), Wild animals and leisure: Rights and wellbeing. (pp. 80-95). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bello, F. G., Lovelock, B., & Carr, N. (2016). Malawi. In J. Jafari & H. Xiao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of tourism. (pp. 571-572). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-01384-8

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2015). Conclusions. In N. Carr (Ed.), Domestic animals and leisure. (pp. 283-293). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2015). Defining domesticated animals and exploring their uses by and relationships with humans within the leisure experience. In N. Carr (Ed.), Domestic animals and leisure. (pp. 1-13). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2015). In search of 'dog': Fictional media constructions of dogs in the leisure environment. In N. Carr (Ed.), Domestic animals and leisure. (pp. 17-34). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2015). Speaking of the underrepresented other: Looking beyond dogs and horses. In N. Carr (Ed.), Domestic animals and leisure. (pp. 261-282). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2015). The greyhound: A story of fashion, finances, and animal rights. In N. Carr (Ed.), Domestic animals and leisure. (pp. 109-126). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Walker, C., & Carr, N. (2013). Conclusion: Manifesting sustainable meeting grounds. In C. Walker & N. Carr (Eds.), Tourism and archaeology: Sustainable meeting grounds. (pp. 235-251). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Walker, C., & Carr, N. (2013). Tourism and archaeology: An introduction. In C. Walker & N. Carr (Eds.), Tourism and archaeology: Sustainable meeting grounds. (pp. 11-35). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Poria, Y. (2010). Introduction: Provision, marketing, and consumption of sex and the sexual in the leisure and tourism environment. In N. Carr & Y. Poria (Eds.), Sex and the sexual during people's leisure and tourism experiences. (pp. 1-13). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Taylor, S. (2010). Sex shops of the 21st century: Are 'you' being served? In N. Carr & Y. Poria (Eds.), Sex and the sexual during people's leisure and tourism experiences. (pp. 17-33). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Chapter in Book - Research

Poria, Y., & Carr, N. (2010). What have we done and where should we go? In N. Carr & Y. Poria (Eds.), Sex and the sexual during people's leisure and tourism experiences. (pp. 181-196). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Chapter in Book - Research

Byeon, M., Carr, N., & Hall, C. M. (2009). The South Korean hotel sector's perspectives on the 'pre-' and 'post-event' impacts of the co-hosted 2002 Football World Cup. In J. Ali-Knight, M. Robertson, A. Fyall & A. Ladkin (Eds.), International perspectives of festivals and events: Paradigms of analysis. (pp. 65-93). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2009). Sex play. In R. P. Carlisle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of play in today's society: Vol. 2. (pp. 631-633). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2009). Unstructured play. In R. P. Carlisle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of play in today's society: Vol. 2. (pp. 767-768). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N., & Carr, S. (2009). Selling tantalisation and titillation: A history of camouflage. In A. Moore & C. Zuccarini (Eds.), Persons and sexuality. (pp. 17-29). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2008). Leisure. In M. Lück (Ed.), The encyclopedia of tourism and recreation in marine environments. (pp. 268-269). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2008). Pets. In M. Lück (Ed.), The encyclopedia of tourism and recreation in marine environments. (pp. 359-360). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2008). Rowing boat. In M. Lück (Ed.), The encyclopedia of tourism and recreation in marine environments. (pp. 406-407). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Chapter in Book - Research

Ritchie, B. W., Carr, N., & Cooper, C. (2008). School excursion tourism and attraction management. In A. Fyall, B. Garrod, A. Leask & S. Wanhill (Eds.), Managing visitor attractions. (2nd ed.) (pp. 181-196). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2007). Australian university students use and trust of tourism information sources. In C. M. Hall (Ed.), Introduction to tourism in Australia: Development, issues and change. (5th ed.) Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson Education. Retrieved from http://www.pearsoned.com.au/wpsBridge/hall_5/Files/Australian%20University%20students.pdf

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2007). Partying, getting drunk, laid, and high: Gender and university students' holiday behaviour. In C. M. Hall (Ed.), Introduction to tourism in Australia: Development, issues and change. (5th ed.) Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson Education. Retrieved from http://www.pearsoned.com.au/wpsBridge/hall_5/Files/Partying,%20getting%20drunk.pdf

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2006). Creating tourism experiences for the 12-17 years old. In K. Weiermair & A. Brunner-Sperdin (Eds.), Erlebnisinszenierung im Tourismus: Erfolgreich mit emotionalen produkten und dienstleistungen. (pp. 229-243). Berlin, Germany: Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2003). University and college students' tourism. In B. W. Ritchie, N. Carr & C. Cooper (Eds.), Managing educational tourism. (pp. 181-225). Clevedon, USA: Channel View Publications.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2003). University students' holiday behaviour: A case study from New Zealand. In Introduction to tourism: Dimensions and issues. (4th ed.) Australia: Hospitality Press, Pearson Education.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2003). Use and trust of tourism information sources amongst university students. In B. W. Ritchie, N. Carr & C. Cooper (Eds.), Managing educational tourism. (pp. 215-220). Clevedon, USA: Channel View Publications.

Chapter in Book - Research

Ritchie, B. W., Carr, N., & Cooper, C. (2003). Schools' educational tourism. In B. W. Ritchie, N. Carr & C. Cooper (Eds.), Managing educational tourism. (pp. 130-180). Clevedon, USA: Channel View Publications.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2001). Bridging the gender gap? A study of young people's use of leisure spaces. In J. Anderson & L. Lawrence (Eds.), Gender issues in work and leisure. (pp. 3-12). UK: Leisure Studies Association.

Chapter in Book - Research

Carr, N. (2003). Children. In J. M. Jenkins & J. J. Pigram (Eds.), Encyclopedia of leisure and outdoor recreation. (pp. 49-51). London: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Other

Carr, N. (2003). Youth. In J. M. Jenkins & J. J. Pigram (Eds.), Encyclopedia of leisure and outdoor recreation. (pp. 572-574). London: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Other

Basnyat, S., Carr, N., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Labour, necessity-induced (im)mobilities, and the hotel industry: A developing country perspective. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1924756

Journal - Research Article

Carr, N. (2021). Disabled animals and leisure: Casting light on those left behind in the shadows. Leisure Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2021.1942523

Journal - Research Article

Carr, N. (2021). Doom-mongers beware: An analysis of the health of leisure studies. Leisure Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2021.1980089

Journal - Research Article

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