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Professor Brent Lovelock

Brent Lovelock ImageCo-Director, Centre for Recreation Research

Office OBS 2.44
Tel +64 3 479 8069
Email brent.lovelock@otago.ac.nz

Professor Brent Lovelock joined the department in 2000. He holds an honours degree in Forestry Science and his PhD explored visitor management in protected natural areas. Brent’s research focuses on sustainable tourism development, addressing social and environmental outcomes. Much of his research has involved community based tourism, and how we can bring value to communities through tourism, and also on the visitor experience and impacts within natural areas. This has involved working with communities and in applied research with key stakeholders such as the Department of Conservation and Fish and Game New Zealand. Brent also has an interest in the ethics of tourism, his research exploring a number of ethical quandaries in tourism, including: the ethics of consumptive wildlife tourism (hunting and fishing); travel for medical and dental tourism; and also travel to politically-contested destinations. He has co-authored a text on these and related topics The Ethics of Tourism – Critical and Applied Perspectives. Brent sits on the editorial boards of Tourism Planning & Development, Journal of Ecotourism, and Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

PhD supervision

Brent has supervised 25 PhDs to completion, many of these addressing aspects of community based tourism and destination development. Brent’s research involves both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Recent PhD completions

  • Arif Hoque: The role of NGOs in indigenous community based tourism in Bangladesh
  • Chiara Massacesi:  Food heritage and tourism in the Italian Dolomites
  • Gebeyaw Ambelu Degarege: Food security for tourism destinations Ethiopia
  • Leo Hu: Water use planning and policy for hotels in Singapore
  • Sandeep Basnyat: The role of unions in the hotel and airline sector in Nepal
  • Susan Weidmann: Dark tourism, imagery and marketing in Salem, USA

Current PhD supervisions

  • Andrus Nomm: Destination management scenarios for climate change action
  • Claire Dowsett: Social Dimensions of invasive species- wild pigs, New Zealand
  • Hemu Ramachanicam : Accessible adventure tourism
  • Olivia Su: Loyalty programmes- airlines and hotels
  • Mahdis Madani: The role of bridging organisations in recreational fishery management in New Zealand
  • Matthias Spall:  Social Dimensions of invasive species -Himalayan tahr in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
  • Saiful Islam: Sustainable tourism indicators for indigenous communities in Bangladesh

Departmental roles

Brent is currently Head of Department and also provides student advice. He sits on Senate and is on the Board of Studies for the Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Languages and Cultures) and the Higher Education Development Centre. He teaches mainly in the field of Destination Development, at both the undergraduate and Masters levels. Brent is Co-Director of the Centre for Recreation Research.

Current tourism research projects

Bad Nature: The social dimensions of invasive species in New Zealand

Currently Brent is leading a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden-funded project (2020–2023) exploring the relationships that different communities (e.g. tourists and the tourism industry, Māori, Pasifika, and recent immigrants and young people) have with invasive species in New Zealand and how this may affect future management of these species.
Bad Nature research project

Research collaborators:

  • Associate Professor Anna Carr (Otago) Associate Investigator
  • Claire Dowsett and Matthias Spall (PhD students) and Anna Clark (Research Assistant)

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Publications

Degarege, G. A., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Institutional barriers to coffee tourism development: Insights from Ethiopia: The birthplace of coffee. International Journal of Culture, Tourism & Hospitality Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/ijcthr-11-2020-0273

Degarege, G. A., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Addressing zero-hunger through tourism? Food security outcomes from two tourism destinations in rural Ethiopia. Tourism Management Perspectives, 39, 100842. doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2021.100842

Islam, M. S., Lovelock, B., & Coetzee, W. J. L. (2021). Liberating sustainability indicators: Developing and implementing a community-operated tourism sustainability indicator system in Boga Lake, Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1928147

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

Kline, C., von Essen, E., Lindsjö, J., Fouache, A., Tickle, L., Dashper, K., … Lovelock, B., … Rickly, J. M. (2021). Working animal research: An agenda for the future. In J. M. Rickly & C. Kline (Eds.), Exploring non-human work in tourism: From beasts of burden to animal ambassadors. (pp. 243-252). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110664058-015

Lovelock, B., & Lovelock, K. M. (2013). The ethics of tourism: Critical and applied perspectives. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 755p.

Authored Book - Research

Strack, M., Wheen, N., Lovelock, B., & Carr, A. (Eds.). (2018). Riverscapes: Research essays on the social context of southern catchments of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, 102p.

Edited Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (Ed.). (2008). Tourism and the consumption of wildlife: Hunting, shooting and sport fishing. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 290p.

Edited Book - Research

Hayes, S., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Recreational displacement: The case of anglers on the Greenstone River, New Zealand. In J. N. Albrecht (Ed.), Managing visitor experiences in nature-based tourism. (pp. 94-108). Wallingford, UK: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781789245714.0008

Chapter in Book - Research

Kline, C., von Essen, E., Lindsjö, J., Fouache, A., Tickle, L., Dashper, K., … Lovelock, B., … Rickly, J. M. (2021). Working animal research: An agenda for the future. In J. M. Rickly & C. Kline (Eds.), Exploring non-human work in tourism: From beasts of burden to animal ambassadors. (pp. 243-252). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110664058-015

Chapter in Book - Research

Hayes, S., & Lovelock, B. (2018). Warning signs over water: Angling tourists' perceptions of change in southern waters. In M. Strack, N. Wheen, B. Lovelock & A. Carr (Eds.), Riverscapes: Research essays on the social context of southern catchments of Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 81-93). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.

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

Lovelock, B. (2015). Climbing Kili: Ethical mountain guides on the roof of Africa. In G. Musa, J. Higham & A. Thompson-Carr (Eds.), Mountaineering tourism. (pp. 272-284). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2015). Consumptive and non-consumptive tourism practices: The case of wildlife tourism. In C. M. Hall, S. Gossling & D. Scott (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of tourism and sustainability. (pp. 165-174). Adingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2015). Sustainable mobility within natural areas from the perspectives of persons with disabilities. In F. Orsi (Ed.), Sustainable transportation in natural and protected areas. (pp. 82-95). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2015). Troubled-shooting: The ethics of helicopter-assisted guided trophy hunting by tourists for tahr. In K. Markwell (Ed.), Animals and tourism: Understanding diverse relationships. (pp. 91-105). Bristol, UK: Channel View.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2014). The moralization of flying: Cocktails in seat 33G, famine and pestilence below. In M. Mostafanezhad & K. Hannam (Eds.), Moral encounters in tourism. (pp. 139-153). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, K., & Lovelock, B. (2014). Medical tourism: Consumptive practice, ethics and healthcare: The importance of subjective proximity. In C. Weeden & K. Boluk (Eds.), Managing ethical consumption in tourism. (pp. 207-224). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Shephard, K., Harraway, J., Lovelock, B., Skeaff, S., Slooten, L., Strack, M., & Jowett, T. (2012). Monitoring changes in the sustainability attributes of higher education students in a New Zealand university. In W. L. Filho (Ed.), Sustainable development at universities: New horizons. (pp. 117-126). Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang.

Chapter in Book - Research

Dawson, J., & Lovelock, B. (2008). Environmental values of consumptive and non-consumptive marine tourists. In B. Lovelock (Ed.), Tourism and the consumption of wildlife: Hunting, shooting and sport fishing. (pp. 129-140). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2008). An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism. In B. Lovelock (Ed.), Tourism and the consumption of wildlife: Hunting, shooting and sport fishing. (pp. 3-30). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2008). Conclusion: Consumptive wildlife tourism - sustainable niche or endangered species? In B. Lovelock (Ed.), Tourism and the consumption of wildlife: Hunting, shooting and sport fishing. (pp. 281-287). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. (2007). 'If that's a moose, I'd hate to see a rat!' Visitors' perspectives on naturalness and their consequences for ecological integrity in peripheral natural areas of New Zealand. In D. K. Müller & B. Jansson (Eds.), Tourism in Peripheries: Perspectives from the Far North and South. (pp. 124-140). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B., & Robinson, K. (2005). Maximizing economic returns from consumptive wildlife tourism in peripheral areas: White-tailed deer hunting on Stewart Island/Rakiura, New Zealand. In C. M. Hall & S. Boyd (Eds.), Nature-based tourism in peripheral areas: Development or disaster? (pp. 151-172). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. A. (2003). New Zealand travel agent practice in the provision of advice for travel to risky destinations. In C. M. Hall, D. J. Timothy & D. T. Duval (Eds.), Safety and security in tourism: Relationships, management, and marketing. (pp. 259-280). New York: Haworth Hospitality Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovelock, B. A. (2002). Environmental NGOs and tourism in South-East Asia and Oceania. In J. Bao & X. Zhong (Eds.), Tourism planning and management in developing countries. (pp. 355-373). China: Geographical Society of China/Northern Arizona University.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Degarege, G. A., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Addressing zero-hunger through tourism? Food security outcomes from two tourism destinations in rural Ethiopia. Tourism Management Perspectives, 39, 100842. doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2021.100842

Journal - Research Article

Degarege, G. A., & Lovelock, B. (2021). Institutional barriers to coffee tourism development: Insights from Ethiopia: The birthplace of coffee. International Journal of Culture, Tourism & Hospitality Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/ijcthr-11-2020-0273

Journal - Research Article

Islam, M. S., Lovelock, B., & Coetzee, W. J. L. (2021). Liberating sustainability indicators: Developing and implementing a community-operated tourism sustainability indicator system in Boga Lake, Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1928147

Journal - Research Article

Hoque, M. A., Lovelock, B., & Carr, A. (2020). Alleviating indigenous poverty through tourism: The role of NGOs. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1860070

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., & Hayes, S. (2020). Challenges associated with implementing discriminatory pricing: The case of international tourist anglers in New Zealand. Tourism Recreation Research, 45(3), 351-363. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2019.1704500

Journal - Research Article

Nomm, A. H. L., Albrecht, J. N., & Lovelock, B. (2020). Advocacy and community leadership as functions in national and regional level destination management. Tourism Management Perspectives, 35, 100682. doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2020.100682

Journal - Research Article

Nomm, A. H. L., Albrecht, J. N., & Lovelock, B. (2020). Leadership in national level destination management: The case of Estonia. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 10(1), 68-87. doi: 10.1504/IJTP.2020.107199

Journal - Research Article

Brown, K., Connelly, S., Lovelock, B., Mainvil, L., Mather, D., Roberts, H., Skeaff, S., & Shephard, K. (2019). Do we teach our students to share and to care? Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24(4), 462-481. doi: 10.1080/13596748.2019.1654693

Journal - Research Article

Degarege, G. A., & Lovelock, B. (2019). Sustainable tourism development and food security in Ethiopia: Policy-making and planning. Tourism Planning & Development, 16(2), 142-160. doi: 10.1080/21568316.2018.1528565

Journal - Research Article

Hu, X., Lovelock, B., Ying, T., & Mager, S. (2019). Stakeholder collaboration on policymaking for sustainable water management in Singapore's hotel sector: A network analysis. Sustainability, 11(8), 2360. doi: 10.3390/su11082360

Journal - Research Article

Hu, X., Ying, T., Lovelock, B., & Mager, S. (2019). Sustainable water demand management in the hotel sector: A policy network analysis of Singapore. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27(11), 1686-1707. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2019.1652621

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., Jellum, C., Carr, A., & Jowett, T. (2019). An exploration of commitment in nature-based recreation, and its relationship with participation and purchase behaviour. Annals of Leisure Research, 22(3), 373-394. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2018.1537853

Journal - Research Article

Melubo, K., & Lovelock, B. (2019). Living inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The perspective of the Maasai community in Tanzania. Tourism Planning & Development, 16(2), 197-216. doi: 10.1080/21568316.2018.1561505

Journal - Research Article

Melubo, K., Lovelock, B., & Filep, S. (2019). Motivations and barriers for corporate social responsibility engagement: Evidence from the Tanzanian tourism industry. Tourism & Hospitality Research, 19(3), 284-295. doi: 10.1177/1467358417742685

Journal - Research Article

Ambelu, G., Lovelock, B., & Tucker, H. (2018). Empty bowls: Conceptualising the role of tourism in contributing to sustainable rural food security. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(10), 1749-1765. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1511719

Journal - Research Article

Bello, F. G., Lovelock, B., & Carr, N. (2018). Enhancing community participation in tourism planning associated with protected areas in developing countries: Lessons from Malawi. Tourism & Hospitality Research, 18(3), 309-320. doi: 10.1177/1467358416647763

Journal - Research Article

Innes, S., Shephard, K., Furnari, M., Harraway, J., Jowett, T., Lovelock, B., Strack, M., & Skeaff, S. (2018). Greening the curriculum to foster environmental literacy in tertiary students studying human nutrition. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 13(2), 192-204. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1255693

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., & Lovelock, K. (2018). “We had a ball … as long as you kept taking your painkillers”: Just how much tourism is there in medical tourism? Experiences of the patient tourist. Tourism Management, 69, 145-154. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.05.015

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., Jellum, C., & Carr, A. (2018). Pulling the pin on active outdoor leisure: Building an understanding of leisure abandonment from the narratives of outdoor recreationists. Leisure Sciences, 40(5), 406-422. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1229640

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., Lovelock, K., & Lyons, K. (2018). The impact of outbound medical (dental) tourism on the generating region: New Zealand dental professionals’ perspectives. Tourism Management, 67, 399-410. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.02.001

Journal - Research Article

Melubo, K., & Lovelock, B. (2018). Reframing corporate social responsibility from the Tanzanian tourism industry: The vision of foreign and local tourism companies. Tourism Planning & Development, 15(6), 672-691. doi: 10.1080/21568316.2017.1395357

Journal - Research Article

Basnyat, S., Lovelock, B., & Carr, N. (2017). Political instability and trade union practices in Nepalese hotels. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events, 9(1), 40-55. doi: 10.1080/19407963.2016.1264959

Journal - Research Article

Bello, F. G., Lovelock, B., & Carr, N. (2017). Constraints of community participation in protected area-based tourism planning: The case of Malawi. Journal of Ecotourism, 16(2), 131-151. doi: 10.1080/14724049.2016.1251444

Journal - Research Article

Hayes, S., & Lovelock, B. (2017). ‘Demystifying’ worldmaking: Exploring New Zealand’s clean and green imaginary through the lens of angling tourists. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(3), 380-391. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2016.1265235

Journal - Research Article

Heimtun, B., & Lovelock, B. (2017). Communicating paradox: Uncertainty and the northern lights. Tourism Management, 61, 63-69. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2017.01.017

Journal - Research Article

Tuipoloa-Utuva, L. L., & Lovelock, B. (2017). Potential for community managed sustainable tourism development on Apolima Island. Journal of Sāmoan Studies, 7(1), 20-37.

Journal - Research Article

Bello, F. G., Carr, N., & Lovelock, B. (2016). Community participation framework for protected area-based tourism planning. Tourism Planning & Development, 13(4), 469-485. doi: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1136838

Journal - Research Article

Lovelock, B., Walters, T., Jellum, C., & Thompson-Carr, A. (2016). The participation of children, adolescents, and young adults in nature-based recreation. Leisure Sciences, 38(5), 441-460. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1151388

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