Faculty active in this research area:

Professor Marc Miller

Please see individual faculty web pages for more about their work in this area.

Related SMEA courses:

  • SMEA 485: Pacific Recreation and Tourism Issues.
  • SMEA 512: Interviewing Methods and Environmental Topics
  • Students may supplement this with courses from other departments as well as independent study and thesis research.

Examples of what MMA students do in this research area:

  • examine the ways in which marine recreation and tourism link people to one another and their environment
  • analyze the challenges and opportunities associated with marine tourism from sociological and ethnographic perspectives
  • consider the implications for marine recreaction of globalization, environmental change and cultural diversity
  • understand the actors in tourism and recreation governance
  • study various aspects of coastal leisure, from travel to play to sports and recreation

Examples of related MMA student theses:

Montanari, Michael. 2013. Ecotourism Production Process: Best Practices for Developing Ecotourism in the Pacific Northwest.

Tillotson, Michael. 2013. Indigenous Capitalism through Tourism?: A Case Study of Economic Development in Native Southeast Alaska.

Vidal, Yuliza Curvelo. 2012. Ethno-Ecotourism: A Sustainable Development Tool to Construct Governance with the Wayuu People in La Guajira, Colombia.

Adams, Alex. 2011. Exploring Business Opportunities in Marine Affairs: A Feasibility Study for Submersible Research Tourism.

Barney, Amanda. 2011. Geotourism mapping as a means to maintain destination image and social sustainability in the communities of Fogo Island, Newfoundland.


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