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Ecotourism and the Mountains

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Associate Dean-Research
Faculty of Business
Auckland University of Technology

Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1020
New Zealand

Phone: 09-917-9999 Ext: 8777


  Research Interests
  • Regional development and tourism
  • Information technologies and tourism
  • Auckland University NZ: BA Degree 1983 (History, Geography double major) MA Degree 1985 (Geography, First Class Hons).
  • University of Cambridge England: PhD Degree 1989 (Geography)
  Biography Profile
I was born in New Zealand and have been conducting research on issues relating to tourism and regional economic development for over 15 years. I completed my MA in Geography at Auckland University in 1985 and my thesis focused on the economic impact of tourism in the Cook Islands.

I then went to Cambridge to complete a PhD in industrial geography. My doctorate focused on the impacts of technology and new management strategies on the corporate location and labour market needs of various manufacturing firms in the UK. For much of 1988 I also worked for the United Nations Development Program as a tourism economist in the South Pacific. I joined the Department of Geography at McGill University in 1989.

In 1990 I formed the multidisciplinary McGill Tourism Research Group, which I continue to co-ordinate. I remain an Adjunct Professor at McGill. In 1998 I took up the position as Professor of Tourism at Victoria University. The new millennium took me to Auckland University of Technology(AUT) in the position of Associate Dean of Research.

My current areas of research interest include: · improving the sustainability of tourism development in small resource dependent communities and large urban areas; · gaining a better understanding of the impact of new technologies on the tourism industry, and · analysing the changing role that services are playing in regional and urban economic growth. I am presently involved in research projects in the Canadian Arctic, Russia, Cuba, the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

  Publications: (since 1995)
  • Milne, S, Ward, S. and Wenzel, G. 1995 "Linking Tourism and Art in Canada's Eastern Arctic: the case of Cape Dorset" Polar Record 31 (176): 125-36.
  • Milne, S. 1995 Review of M.V. Conlin and T. Baum (eds.) 1995 Island Tourism: Management Principles and Practice Journal of Sustainable Tourism 4(1)

  • Milne, S. 1995 Review of E. Cater (ed.) Eco-tourism: a Sustainable Option? Canadian Geographer 40 (4) 389-90

  • Chang, T.C., Milne, S and Fallon, D 1996 "Urban Heritage Tourism: Exploring the Global-Local Nexus" Annals of Tourism Research 29 (2) 1-19.

  • Grekin, J and Milne, S 1996 Community based tourism: the experience of Pond Inlet, in R.W. Butler and T. Hinch (eds.) Tourism and Native Peoples, Thomson International, London , 76-106

  • Milne, S 1996 Travel distribution technologies and the marketing of Pacific micro states, in Hall, M. and Page, S (eds.) Pacific Tourism, Thomson International Press, London, 109-129

  • Milne, S and Nowosielski, L 1996 Travel distribution technologies and sustainable tourism development: the case of South Pacific micro states, J. of Sustainable Tourism, 22, 131-150.

  • Milne, S 1997 Beyond the vicious cycle?: tourism, dependency and South Pacific microstates, in D. Lockhart and D. Drakakis-Smith (eds.) Island Tourism, Mansell, London, 281-301

  • Milne, S and Gill, K 1998 Distribution technologies and destination development: myths and realities, in Ioannides, D and Debbage, K (eds.) The Economic Geography of the Tourism Industry: a Supply-side Analysis Routledge, London, 123-138.

  • Milne, S and C. Pohlmann 1998 Continuity and change in the hotel sector: some evidence from Montreal, in Ioannides, D and Debbage, K (eds.) The Economic Geography of the Tourism Industry: a Supply-side Analysis Routledge, London,180-196.

  • Milne, S, Grekin, J, and Woodley, S 1998 Tourism and the construction of place in Canada's Eastern Arctic, in G. Ringer (ed.) Destinations: Cultural Landscapes of Tourism, Routledge, London, 101-120

  • Milne, S 1998 Tourism linkages and leakage's, in the World Tourism Organisation - Tourism Economic Report, WTO, Madrid, 77-79.

  • Milne, S 1998 Tourism and sustainable development: exploring the global-local nexus, in Hall and Lew (eds.) Sustainable Tourism, Addison Wesley, London, 35-48.

  • Milne, S 1998 Review of Deakins et al (eds.) 1998 Small Firms: Entrepreneurship in the Nineties, Paul Chapman Press, Environment and Planning A 30(11) 2090-91.

  • G. Vincent, S. Milne and E. Sarigollu 1998 Estimating demand for Grenada's Tourism Product, International Journal of Consumer Marketing 10 (3), 63-84

  • J. Hull and S. Milne 1998 Tourism, gender and the labour process: the case of Quebec's Lower North Shore, Journal of Travel and Recreation Research 23 (2), 13-22.

  • Milne, S 1998 Tourism and Sustainable Development: an Action Plan for the 2002 Summit of the Americas, consulting report prepared for the Inter-Sectoral Unit for Tourism, Organisation of American States, Washington, D.C.

  • S. Tufts and S. Milne 1999 Montreal museums: a supply side perspective, Annals of Tourism Research, 26:3, 617-635

  • Milne, S 1999 Global Tourism Trends and Sustainable Development: a Discussion Paper, consulting report prepared for the Inter-Sectoral Unit for Tourism, Organisation of American States, Washington, DC

  • J. Hull and S, Milne 1999 From nets to the 'net': marketing tourism on Quebec's Lower North Shore, in Baerenholdt, J.O and Aarsaether, N (eds.) Coping Strategies in the North (Vol. 2), Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen (in press)

  • Milne, S and Garnham, B 1999 New Zealand tourism, in Thom, B et al (eds.) Geographic (Atlas of the World), Bateman, Sydney (in press)

  • Milne, S, and Ewing , G, 1999 Cuba, in J. Jafari et al (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Tourism, Routledge, London (in press)

  • Milne, S and Ateljevic, J 1999 Technology and service quality in the tourism and hospitality industry, in J. Kandampully et al (eds.) Service Quality Management in Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Hawarth Press, New York. (in press)

  • Milne, S 1999 Review of Smith et al (eds.) Theorising Transition in Post-Communist Societies, Routledge, Canadian Geographer 44(3) (in press)

  • Milne, S and Ateljevic, I 1999 Tourism and the evolving global economy, in Lew, A et al (eds.) Re-writing Tourism and Landscape, Routledge, London (forthcoming)

  • Milne, S and C. McMillan 1999 The restructuring of Russia's hotel industry, Progress in Tourism and Hospitality Management (forthcoming)