Michael is a Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, which he joined in 2007. He is also Docent in the Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; a Visiting Professor, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, School of Tourism & Hospitality and centre for sustainable tourism, University of Mauritius, He is also a frequent visitor to the Department of Geography, Umeå University (from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2008) and the Department of Service Management at Lund Helsingborg campus, both in Sweden, with which he shares a number of research collaborations. His doctorate is in geography from the University of Western Australia, from which he also has an honours degree in politics. His masters is from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He also has some longstanding research collaborations with the University of Oulu and the University of Eastern Finland.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Michael has longstanding teaching and research interests in tourism and temporary mobility, regional development, environmental history, environmental change and sustainability; governance, institutions, power and policy making in tourism; steady-state and ecological economic perspectives on destinations and regions; servicescapes and the design of places of consumption; second homes; conservation and environmental and climate change; national park history and the travels and influence of John Muir; the impacts of hallmark events; biodiversity conservation and biosecurity from a mobility context; and the use of tourism as a development and conservation mechanism especially in peripheral areas. The latter representing a return to the wilderness research he undertook for his PhD. He has also been undertaking research on wine and food marketing and gastronomy, which has required strenuous research, this is particularly focused on development of local economies, network relationships and social capital, food miles, innovation, biosecurity, farmers markets and alternative marketing channels for small-scale producers. Recent research has also sought to link sustainable tourism behaviours with social practice theory; look at the role of public transport and walkability in tourism and leisure behaviour; as well as return to issues of the value of wilderness and World Heritage which were a focus of his PhD.