Associate Professor Robyn Bushell


Associate Professor Robyn Bushell with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Dr Bushell teaches, researches and supervises PhD students in tourism planning, community development, quality of life and the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. Her work focuses on the values underpinning quality of life, wellness and sustainable development. She works closely with a range of national and international bodies related to heritage conservation including UNESCO World Heritage Centre (opens in a new window), IUCN (opens in a new window), UN-World Tourism Organisation (opens in a new window), establishing policies and planning frameworks for development strategies involving tourism (in developed and developing countries) to be integrated with strategies to deliver broad benefits; examining the relationship between visitation to protected areas and world heritage sites; the role of interpretation in fostering awareness of conservation values and the values of protected places to people; and visitor impact management. Robyn served as the Australian Academic Coordinator for a DEST – EU funded pilot project (2005 -2007) Sharing Our Heritages: Master Classes in Natural and Cultural Heritage Management with 4 Australian, 4 European Universities, UNESCO-WHC and Parks Australia. She is Co-Chair of the Task Force on Tourism and Protected Areas, World Commission on Protected Areas; NSW Vice Chancellors' representative member of the NSW Environmental Education Council; Board member Booderee National Park; and member Blue Mountains National Park Regional Advisory Committee.

Dr Bushell's areas of expertise include natural and cultural heritage tourism planning, and community development.

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Qualifications

B App Sc, Masters (Research), PhD (Urban and Regional Planning) University of Sydney

Honours and Awards

2004: UWS Nomination for the National Teaching Excellence Awards

2002: UWS Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award in Teaching

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Grants and Current Projects

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (2005 - 2007), 'Backpacker cultures, residential communities, and the construction of tourist spaces and landscapes: a regional study of changing community dynamics in Sydney', with Prof Kay Anderson and Dr Fiona Allon (UWS-CCR) and 6 Sydney Councils.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (2003 - 2005), 'Improving the contribution of protected areas to the quality of life in rural and regional communities', with Dr Russell Staiff (UWS-CCR) Nicholas Conner (NSW NPWS) and Matthew Wolnicki (PhD scholar).

AUS Industry (2007 -2008) MACROC, Macarthur Business Enterprises, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, 'UWS synergy: sustainable business practices for small medium businesses', with Bruce Simmons (CRC –IF) and Luciano Mesiti (UWS).

Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos Islands National Park Service, Lindblad Expeditions (2007) IUCN representative assisting in the design of a training initiative to create environmentally and socially responsible business practices to reduce the burden of tourism on the World Heritage values and work collaboratively to remove the Galapagos from the UNESCO World Heritage 'In Danger' list.

Parramatta City Council (2007) Partnership Grant, 'Parramatta stories: a community values approach to heritage planning', with Dr Russell Staiff (UWS-CCR).

NSW Environmental Trust (2005 -2008) Environmental Management Training for Tourism Businesses, with Bruce Simmons (CRC –IF) and Dr Jenny Scott (UWS and Kuringai Counci).

NSW Camping and Caravan Industry Association (2003 - 2007) Developing a System of Environmental Management within the Camping and Caravan Industry, with Bruce Simmons (CRC-IF) and Dr Jenny Scott (UWS and Kuringai Council).

Manly Council (2005) Assessment of the Triple Bottom Line of Tourism Impacts in Manly, with Bruce Simmons (CRC-IF), Dr Jenny Scott and Ian Knowd.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (2003) Interpretation Strategies at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, with Dr Russell Staiff.

World Health Organisation (2000 - 2002) Development of Guidelines for Healthy Tourism in The Pacific Region, with Dr Russell Staiff and Dr Brent Powis (UWS-WHO CC).

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Selected Publications

Books

Bushell, R, Staiff, R & Watson, S (eds) 2013, Heritage and Tourism: Place, Encounter, Engagement (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

Bushell, R & Sheldon, P (eds) 2009, Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place (opens in a new window), Cognizant Communication Books, New York.

Bushell, R & Eagles, PA (eds) 2007, Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism and Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge.

Book Chapters

Bushell, R 2017, ‘Healthy tourism’, In MK Smith & L Puczko (eds.), The Routledge handbook of health tourism, Routledge, London, pp. 91–102.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2017, ‘What of heritage in a mobile world?: negotiating heritage/tourism/community in Luang Prabang, Laos’, in H Silverman, E Waterton, & S Watson (eds), Heritage in action: making the past in the present, Springer, Cham, pp. 169–182.

Bushell R 2016, ‘Healthy Tourism’, in M K Smith & L Puczko (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism, Routledge, New York.

Bushell, R 2015, 'Heritage, conservation and sustainable development: transdisciplinary imaginings of a wicked concept', in E Waterton & S Watson (eds), The Palgrave handbook of contemporary heritage research, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 492-506.

Bushell, R 2014, 'Communication of heritage values', in C Smith (ed.), Encyclopeadia of global archaeology, Springer, USA, pp. 3351-3355.

Bushell, R & Simmons, B 2013, 'Facilitating sustainable innovations for SMEs in the tourism industry: identifying factors of success and barriers to adoption in Australia', in R Maharaj Vijay & K Wilkes (eds), Tourism, climate change and sustainability (opens in a new window), Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 42-57.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2013, '"Souvenirs" at the margin?: place, commodities, transformations and the symbolic in Buddha sculptures from Luang Prabang, Laos', in J Cave, L Jolliffe & T Baum (eds), Tourism and souvenirs: glocal perspectives from the margins, Channel View Publications, Bristol, Buffalo & Toronto, pp. 82-97.

Staiff, R, Watson, S & Bushell, R 2013, 'Introduction: place, encounter, engagement: context and themes', in R Bushell, R Staiff & S Watson (eds), Heritage and tourism: place, encounter, engagement (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 1-23.

Bushell, R & Salazar, JF 2013, 'Heritage for sale: the misrepresentation of voice in Northern Chile', in R Bushell, R Staiff & S Watson (eds), Heritage and tourism: place, encounter, engagement (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 187-212.

Bushell, R & Staiff, R 2012, 'Re-thinking relationships: world heritage, communities and tourism', in PT Daly & T Winter (eds), Routledge handbook of heritage in Asia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 247-65.

Bushell, R & Anderson, K 2010, 'A clash of cultures or definitions? Complexity and backpacker Tourism in residential communities', in K Hannam & A Diekmann (eds), Beyond backpacker tourism: mobilities and experiences, Channel View Publications, Bristol, Buffalo & Toronto, pp. 187-202.

Simmons, B, Bushell, R & Scott, J 2010, 'Fostering responsible tourism business practices through collaborative capacity-building', in J Sarkis, JJ Cordeiro & D Vasquez Brust (eds), Facilitating sustainable innovation through collaboration (opens in a new window), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 185-201.

Bushell, R & Trau, A 2008, 'Tourism and indigenous peoples', in S McCool & RN Moisey (eds), Tourism, recreation and sustainability: linking culture and the environment, 2nd ed, Cabi Publishing, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, pp. 260-82.

Sheldon, P & Bushell, R 2008, 'Introduction to wellness and tourism', in R Bushell & P Sheldon (eds), Wellness and tourism: mind, body, spirit, place (opens in a new window), Cognizant Communication Books, New York, pp. 3-18.

Bushell, R 2008, 'Tourism, quality of life and wellness', in R Bushell & P Sheldon (eds), Wellness and tourism: mind, body, spirit, place (opens in a new window), Cognizant Communication Books, New York, pp. 19-36.

Bushell, R & Sheldon, P 2008, 'Wellness tourism and the future', in R Bushell & P Sheldon (eds), Wellness and tourism: mind, body, spirit, place (opens in a new window), Cognizant Communication Books, New York, pp. 218-30.

Bushell, R, Staiff, R & Eagles, P 2007, 'Tourism and protected areas: benefits beyond boundaries', in R Bushell & PA Eagles (eds), Benefits beyond boundaries: tourism and protected areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, pp. 1-11.

Bushell, R & McCool, S 2007, 'Tourism as a tool for conservation and support of protected areas: setting the agenda', in R Bushell & PA Eagles (eds), Benefits beyond boundaries: tourism and protected areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, pp. 12-26.

Figgis, P & Bushell, R 2007, 'Tourism as a tool for community-based conservation and development', in R Bushell & PA Eagles (eds), Benefits beyond boundaries: tourism and protected areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, pp. 101-14.

McCool, S, Eagles, P, Bushell, R & McNeely, J 2007, 'Tourism, protected areas and the World Parks Congress: fundamental lessons, new horizons and promising directions', in R Bushell & PA Eagles (eds), Benefits beyond boundaries: tourism and protected areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, pp. 329-46.

Simmons, B, Scott, J, Bushell, R, Sinha, C, Desailly, M & Baillie, B 2006, 'Environmental management partnerships: a research case study from the tourism industry', in R Welford, P Hills & W Young (eds), Partnerships for sustainable development perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region, The Centre for Urban Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, pp. 74-93.

Bushell, R 2005, 'Protected areas and tourism', in JA McNeely (ed.), Friends for life: new partnerships in support of protected areas, IUCN, Gland, pp. 141-54.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2003, 'Travel knowledgably: the question of content in heritage interpretation', in R Black & B Weiler (eds), Interpreting the land down under: Australian heritage interpretation and tour guiding, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, pp. 92-109.

Bushell, R 2004, 'Local public health safety', in E Manning (ed.), Indicators of sustainable development for tourism destinations: a guide book, World Tourism Organization, Madrid, pp. 109-12.

Bushell, R 2004, 'Epidemics & international transmission of diseases', in E Manning (ed.), Indicators of sustainable development for tourism destinations: a guide book, World Tourism Organization, Madrid, pp. 101-104.

Bushell, R 2004, 'Health', in E Manning (ed.), Indicators of sustainable development for tourism destinations: a guide book, World Tourism Organization, Madrid, pp. 94-100.

Bushell, R 2003, 'Balancing conservation and visitation', in R Buckley, C Pickering & D Weaver (eds), Nature-based tourism, environment and land management, CABI Press, Oxfordshire & Cambridge, CABI Press, pp. 197-208.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2003, 'Travel knowledgably: the question of content', in R Black & B Weiler (eds), Interpreting the land down under: Australian heritage interpretation and tour guiding, Fulcrum, Golden, pp. 92-108.

Bushell, R 2000, 'Tourism and health', in J Jafari (ed.), Encyclopaedia of tourism, Routledge, London, pp. 272-74, 392, 473-74; 519-20.

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Journal Articles

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2017, ‘The “old” and the “new”: events and placemaking in Luang Prabang, Laos’, International Journal of Event and Festival Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 55–65.

Bushell, R & Bricker, K 2017, ‘Tourism in protected areas: developing meaningful standards’, Tourism and Hospitality Research, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 106–120.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2013, 'Mobility and modernity in Luang Prabang, Laos: re-thinking heritage and tourism', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 98-113.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2013, 'The rhetoric of Laos/French fusion: beyond the representation of the Western tourist experience of cuisine in the world heritage city of Luang Prabang, Laos', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol. 8, no. 2&3, pp. 133-44.

Allon, F, Anderson, K & Bushell, R 2008, 'Mutant mobilities: backpacker tourism in global Sydney', Mobilities, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 73-94.

Bushell, R & Griffin, T 2007, 'Monitoring visitor experiences in protected areas', PARKS, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 25-33.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2004, 'Tourism and protected areas: benefits beyond boundaries', Annals of Tourism Research, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 723-26.

Bushell, R, Desailly, M, Simmons, B, Scott, J, Baillie, B & Sinha, C 2004, 'Environmentally and socially responsible practices in the camping and caravan industry: a case study from Australia', Tourism and Recreation Research, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 39-51.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2004, 'Healthy tourism in a Fijian context: a WHO initiative for island tourism', Journal of Pacific Studies, vol. 26, no. 1&2, pp. 105-30.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2003, 'Heritage interpretation and cross cultural translation in an age of global travel', Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (Special Places Issue), vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 104-22.

Staiff, R, Bushell, R & Kennedy, P 2002, 'Interpretation in national parks: some critical questions', Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 97-113.

Sinha, C & Bushell, R 2002, 'The linkage between biodiversity and tourism: a study of ecotourism in a coastal village in Fiji', Pacific Tourism Review, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 35-50.

Bushell, R, Staiff, R & Conner, N 2002, 'The role of nature-based tourism in the contribution of protected areas to quality of life in rural and regional communities in Australia', Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 24-36.

Bushell, R 2001, 'Health and tourism: a conceptual shift', Tourism Recreation Research, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 79-84.

Bushell, R, Prosser, G, Faulkner, B & Jafari, J 2001, 'The development of tourism research in Australia', Journal of Travel Research, vol. 39, no, 3, pp. 323-27.

Conference Proceedings

Wolnicki, M, Bushell, R & Staiff, R 2010, 'Belongers: the value of social values to conservation planning', Healthy parks healthy people, Melbourne, pp. 208-26.

Bushell, R & Powis, B 2010, 'The ASEAN healthy tourism strategy addressing threats from tourism at Ha Long Bay World Heritage site, Vietnam', Healthy parks healthy people, Melbourne, pp. 12-36.

Bushell, R 2010, 'Communicating heritage values: aligning the global and the local', World universities congress, Çanakkale, pp. 1458-68.

Christie, J, Bushell, R & Wen, J 2008, 'Critiquing the tourism impact model: case studies from popular Sydney beach side destinations', The global events congress III and China event education conference III, Brisbane, pp. 310-22.

Bushell, R, Simmons, B, Scott, J & Knowd, I 2007, 'Implementing a triple bottom line approach to monitor the impacts of tourism in Manly', Council for Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Sydney, pp. 592-606.

Staiff, R, Bushell, R & Ongkhluap, S 2007, 'Towards sustainable tourism: evaluating the perception of impacts of tourism on world heritage sites and associated communities - case study Ayuttaya Historic Park, Thailand', Council for Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Sydney, pp. 1618-28.

Wen, J, Bushell, R & Christie, J 2005, 'The gap between the task and data: challenges in tourism studies', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Alice Springs, pp. 78-96.

Sinha, C & Bushell, R 2004, 'Environmental management of wildlife tourism: a case study of dolphin watching in Nelson Bay, NSW', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Brisbane, pp. 702-15.

Staiff, R & Bushell, R 2004, 'Strategically planning heritage interpretation for visitors: issues and processes at Minnamurra rainforest centre, NSW', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Brisbane, pp. 734-48.

Bushell, R & Staiff, R 2003, 'Healthy tourism: striving for sustainable outcomes', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education annual conference, Lismore, pp. 191-205.

Reports

Bushell, R, Scott, J, Knowd, I & Simmons, B 2005, Sustainable coastal tourism for Manly, report to Manly Council, Tourism for Healthy Futures, Hawkesbury, UWS.

Bushell, R, Staiff, R & Powis, B 2001, Development of a conceptual framework for healthy tourism in the pacific region, Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organisation, Manilla & The UWS WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, Sydney.

Bushell, R 1999, 'Development of approaches and practice for sustainable use of biological resources: tourism', Agenda paper 4.8, Fourth meeting of the subsidiary body on scientific, technical and technological advice, The World Conservation Union, Montreal.

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Engagement

NSW Environmental Education Council Member

New Zealand Regional, and Steering Committee of the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA) of the World Conservation Union

IUCN - Co-Chair International Task Force on Tourism, WCPA

IUCN - UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS Steering Committee on examining the relationship between World Heritage visitation and conservation objectives

Member, International Expert Advisory Group on Indicators of Sustainable Tourism, World Tourism Organisation

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Convenor of the Tourism Component of the 2003 5th World Parks Congress; 2005 3rd World Conservation Congress and the 2008 4th World Conservation Congress, Barcelona in addition to the ongoing work of the World Commission for Protected Areas and the Tourism Task Force

Federal Ministerial Appointment, Booderee National Park Board of Management, co-managed with the Wreck Bay Indigenous community

State Ministerial Appointment NSW NPWS Regional Advisory Council for Blue Mountains National Park - Member, Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Committee

UWS Deputy Board Member of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute
Member, The Great River Walk Inc, Board of Management - Past Member, Reference Group for the Lake Eyre Basin Heritage Tourism Project, for the Lake Eyre Basin Coordinating Group, Australian Heritage Commission

Contact

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