I have been teaching on the Museum and Heritage Studies postgraduate programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, since its inception in 2000. My current teaching and research interests include: visitor studies (history, theory and methods); intercultural museum practice and touring exhibitions; the socio-economic value of museums & heritage sites; cultural and heritage tourism (history, theory and contemporary practice); natural and intangible heritage.
As a researcher I enjoy collaborating with others across disciplinary, methodological, cultural and linguistic borders to produce work that is both theoretically innovative as well as relevant to practice in the professional sectors associated with my fields of interest. My interdisciplinary work has been published in journals such as Leisure Sciences, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, International Journal of Travel Research and Visitor Studies, and I have been invited to contribute chapters to volumes by major publishers across the fields of museum studies, leisure, tourism and anthropology. Highlights include my co-authored book Serious Leisure and Nature (with Robert A Stebbins), published by Palgrave in 2011, and a chapter on visitor studies in the volume Museum Practice (edited by Conal McCarthy and published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015 as part of their International Handbooks of Museum Studies series).
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