Professor Neil Carr

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.

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.

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Dr Willem Coetzee

Willem completed a PhD in sustainable tourism in 2004 and joined the department in 2015. His research focus is on:

  • sustainable tourism
  • events and festivals

In this context, he has explored specific issues among stakeholders in and around protected areas in Southern Africa, the impacts of nature-based tourism on surrounding communities, and the impacts of tourism in water-stressed destinations. His recent publications revolve around perceptions and consumer behaviours of attendees at sporting events and festivals. Willem has been involved in a range of tourism supply-and-demand projects in small towns and the formulation of tourism feasibility studies for communities.

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