BiographyMy background as a geographer has moulded me into an academic mongrel who is happy to pick and mix my way through assorted disciplinary lenses. My academic career has taken me on a global tour that encompasses the University of St. Andrews (undergraduate studies), Exeter University (PhD), the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Queensland, and the University of Otago.
My research focuses on understanding behaviour within tourism and leisure experiences, with a particular emphasis on children and families, sex, and animals. Within all of this, I have been concerned with issues of rights and welfare. Self-declared research highlights would include working with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, supervising over 40 PhD and research Masters students, and producing my Dogs in the Leisure Experience (2014) monograph.
Service highlights include having been the editor of the Annals of Leisure Research since 2013, the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Business School, and the Head of the Department of Tourism of the University of Otago since 2015.