Associate Professor Robyn Bushell

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Biography

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, IUCN, UN-World Tourism Organisation, 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 Co-ordinator for a DEST – EU funded pilot project (2005 -2007) Sharing Our Heritages: Master Classes in Natural & Cultural Heritage Management with 4 Australian, 4 European Universities, UNESCO-WHC & 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; community development

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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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Qualifications

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

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 & Kuringai Counci).
  • NSW Camping & Caravan Industry Association (2003 - 2007) Developing a System of Environmental Management within the Camping & Caravan Industry, with Bruce Simmons (CRC-IF) & Dr Jenny Scott (UWS & 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 & 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 & Dr Brent Powis (UWS-WHO CC).

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Selected Publications

Books

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

Bushell, R. & Eagles, P. A. (eds) 2007, Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, Oxfordshire, UK and Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 1-11.

Book Chapters


Salazar, J. and Bushell, R. (2013), 'Heritage for sale : Indigenous tourism and misrepresentations of voice in Northern Chile', Heritage and Tourism : Place, Encounter, Engagement. , Routledge 9780415532655.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2013), 'Introduction : place, encounter, engagement : context and themes', Heritage and Tourism: Place, Encounter, Engagement, Routledge 9780415532648.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2013), ''Souvenirs' at the margin? : place, commodities, transformations and the symbolic in Buddha sculptures from Luang Prabang, Laos', Tourism and Souvenirs: Global Perspectives From the Margins, Channel View 9781845414061.

Bushell, R. and Simmons, B. (2013), 'Facilitating sustainable innovations for SMEs in the tourism industry : identifying factors of success and barriers to adoption in Australia', Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability, Routledge 9781849714228.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R., Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2012), 'Re-thinking Relationships: world heritage, communities and tourism', Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia, Routledge 9780415600453.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R., Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2012), 'Re-thinking Relationships: world heritage, communities and tourism', Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia, Routledge 9780415600453.

Bushell, R. and Staiff, R. (2012), 'Re-thinking Relationships: world heritage, communities and tourism', Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia, Routledge 9780415600453.

Simmons, B., Bushell, R. and Scott, J. (2010), 'Fostering Responsible Business Practices through collaborative capacity building', Facilitating Sustainable Innovation Through Collaboration, Springer 9789048131587.

Bushell, R. and Anderson, K. (2010), 'A Clash of Cultures or Definitions? Complexity and backpacker Tourism in residential communities', Beyond Backpacker Tourism: Mobilities and Experiences, Channel View Publications 9781845411305.

Sheldon, P. and Bushell, R. (2009), 'Introduction to Wellness and Tourism', Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, Cognizant Communication Corporation 1882345517.

Bushell, R. (2009), 'Tourism, quality of life and wellness', Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, Cognizant Communication Corporation 1882345517.

Bushell, R. and Sheldon, P. (2009), 'Wellness Tourism and the Future', Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, Cognizant Communication Corporation 1882345517.

Trau, A. and Bushell, R. (2008), 'Tourism and Indigenous People', Tourism, Recreation and Sustainability: Linking Culture and the Environment, CAB International 9781845934705.

Bushell, R. and Mccool, S. (2007), 'Tourism as a Tool for Conservation and Support of Protected Areas: Setting the Agenda', Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas The Vth World Parks Congress, 2003, CABI Publishing 9780851990224.

Figgis, P. and Bushell, R. (2007), 'Tourism as a Tool for Community based Conservation and development', Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas The Vth World Parks Congress, 2003, CABI Publishing 9780851990224.

Mccool, S., Eagles, P., Bushell, R. and Mcneely, J. (2007), 'Tourism, Protected Areas and the World Parks Congress:Fundamental Lessons, New Horizons and Promising Directions', Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas The Vth World Parks Congress, 2003, CABI Publishing 9780851990224.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R. and Eagles, P. (2007), 'Tourism and Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries', Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas The Vth World Parks Congress, 2003, CABI Publishing 9780851990224.

Simmons, B., Scott, J., Bushell, R., Sinha, C., Desailly, M. and Baillie, B. (2006), 'Environmental management partnerships : A research case study from the tourism industry', Partnerships for sustainable development : Perspectives from the Asia Pacific Region, Haribon Foundation 9789627589266.

Bushell, R. (2005), 'Protected Areas and Tourism', Friends for Life: New Partnerships in Support of Protected Areas, IUCN 2831708346.

Bushell, R. (2004), '3.5.1 Health', Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations, World Tourism Organisation 9284407265.

Bushell, R. (2004), '3.5.2 Epidemics & International transmission of Diseases', Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations: A guidebook, World Tourism Organisation 9284407265.

Bushell, R. (2004), '3.5.4 Local Public health Safety', Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations: A guide book, World Tourism Organisation 9284407265.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2003), 'Travel Knowledgably : the Question of Content in Heritage Interpretation', Weiler Interpretting the Land Down Under: Australian Heritage Interpretation and Tour Guiding, Fulcrum Publishing 1555918654.

Bushell, R. (2003), 'Balancing Conservation and Visitation', Nature-based Tourism, Environment and Land Management, CABI Publishing 0851997325.

Simmons, B., Bushell, R. & Scott, J. 2010, ‘Fostering Responsible Tourism Business Practices Through Collaborative Capacity-Building’, in, Sarkis, J., Cordeiro, J. J. & Vasquez Brust, D. (eds), Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp 185-201.

Bushell, R. & Trau, A. 2008, ‘Tourism and Indigenous Peoples’, in, McCool, S. & Moisey, R. N. (eds), Tourism, Recreation and Sustainability: Linking Culture and the Environment, 2nd ed., Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA, USA: Cabi Publishing, pp 260-282.

Sheldon, P. & Bushell, R. 2008, ‘Introduction to Wellness and Tourism’, in, Bushell, R. & Sheldon, P. (eds), Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, New York: Cognizant Communication Books.

Bushell, R. 2008, ‘Tourism, Quality of Life and Wellness’, in, Bushell, R. & Sheldon, P. (eds), Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, New York: Cognizant Communication Books.

Bushell, R. & Sheldon, P. 2008, ‘Wellness Tourism and the Future’, in, Bushell, R. & Sheldon, P. (eds), Wellness and Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, New York: Cognizant Communication Books.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R. & Eagles, P. 2007, ‘Tourism and Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries’, in, Bushell, R. & Eagles, P. A. (eds), Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress,
Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 1-11.

Bushell, R. & McCool, S. 2007, ‘Tourism as a Tool for Conservation and Support of Protected Areas: Setting the Agenda’, in, Bushell, R. & Eagles, P. A. (eds), Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 12-26.

Figgis, P. & Bushell, R. 2007, ‘Tourism as a Tool for Community-based Conservation and Development’, in, Bushell, R. & Eagles, P. A. (eds), Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 101-114.

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, Bushell, R. & Eagles, P. A. (eds), Benefits Beyond Boundaries: Tourism & Protected Areas. The Vth World Parks Congress, Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 329-346.

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, Welford, R., Hills, P. & Young, W. (eds), Partnerships for Sustainable Development Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region, Hong Kong: The Centre for Urban Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Hong Kong, pp 74-93.

Bushell, R. 2005, ‘Protected Areas and Tourism’, in, McNeely, J. A. (ed.), Friends for Life: New Partnerships in Support of Protected Areas, Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, pp 141-154.

Staiff, R. & Bushell, R. 2003, ‘Travel Knowledgably: the Question of Content in Heritage Interpretation’, in, Black, R. & Weiler, B. (eds), Interpreting the Land Down Under: Australian Heritage Interpretation and Tour Guiding, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, pp 92-109.

Bushell, R. 2003, ‘Balancing Conservation and Visitation’, in, Buckley, R., Pickering, C. & Weaver, D. (eds), Nature-based Tourism, Environment and Land Management, Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, MA: CABI Press, pp 197-208.

Bushell, R. 2000, ‘Tourism & Health’, in, Jafari, J. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Tourism, London: Routledge, pp 272-4; 392; 473-4; 519-20.

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Journal Articles


Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2013), 'The rhetoric of Loas/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, 12.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2013), 'Mobility and modernity in Luang Prabang, Laos : re-thinking heritage and tourism', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 16.

Allon, F., Anderson, K. and Bushell, R. (2008), 'Mutant Mobilities: Backpacker tourism in Global Sydney', Mobilities, 22.

Bushell, R. and Griffin, T. (2007), 'Monitoring Visitor Experiences in Protected Areas', PARKS, 9.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2004), 'Healthy Healthy Tourism in a Fijian Context: a WHO Initiative for Island Tourism J', The Journal of Pacific Studies, 26.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2004), 'Tourism & Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries.', Annals of Tourism Research, 4.

Desailly, M., Bushell, R., Scott, J., Simmons, B., Sinha, C. and Baillie, B. (2004), 'Environmentally and Socially Responsible Practices in the Camping and Caravan Industry: a case study from Australia', Tourism & Recreation Research, 13.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2003), 'Heritage Interpretation and Cross Cultural Translation in an Age of Global Travel', Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 19.

Staiff, R., Bushell, R. and Kennedy, P. (2002), 'Interpretation in National Parks: Some Critical Questions', Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 17.

Sinha, C. and Bushell, R. (2002), 'Understanding the Linkage between biodiversity and tourism: a study of ecotourism in a coastal village in Fiji', Pacific Tourism Review, 16.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R. and 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', The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 13.

Bushell, R. (2001), 'Health and Tourism: a conceptual shift', Tourism Recreation Research, 6.

Bushell, R., Prosser, G., Faulkner, W. and Jafari, J. (2001), 'The Development of Tourism Research in Australia', Journal of Travel Research, 4. 

Allon, F., Anderson, K. & Bushell, R. 2008, ‘Mutant Mobilities: Backpacker Tourism in Global Sydney’, Mobilities, 3(1): 73-94.

Bushell, R. & Griffin, T. 2007, ‘Monitoring Visitor Experiences in Protected Areas’, PARKS, 16(2): 25-33.

Staiff, R. & Bushell, R. 2004, ‘Tourism & Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries’, Annals of Tourism Research, 31(3): 723-726.

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 & Recreation Research, 29(3): 39-50.

Staiff, R. & Bushell, R. 2004, ‘Healthy Tourism in a Fijian Context: a WHO Initiative for Island Tourism’, Journal of Pacific Studies, 26(1-2): 105-131.

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), 21(4): 104-122.

Staiff, R., Bushell, R. & Kennedy, P. 2002, ‘Interpretation in National Parks: Some Critical Questions’, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 10(2): 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, 6(1): 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, 9(1): 24-36.

Bushell, R. 2001, Health and Tourism: A Conceptual Shift’, Tourism Recreation Research, 26(3): 79-84.

Bushell, R., Prosser, G., Faulkner, B. & Jafari, J. 2001, ‘The Development of Tourism Research in Australia’, Journal of Travel Research, 39(3): 323-327.

Conference Papers

Bushell, R. (2010), 'Communicating Heritage Values: aligning the global and the local', World Universities Congress, Canakkale, Turkey.

Bushell, R. and Powis, B. (2010), 'Healthy Parks Healthy People Healthy Tourism: The ASEAN Healthy Tourism Strategy addressing threats from tourism at Ha Long Bay World Heritage site, Vietnam'', Healthy People Healthy parks, Melbourne.

Wolnicki, M., Bushell, R. and Staiff, R. (2010), 'Belongers: the value of social values to conservation planning', Healthy Parks Healthy People, Melbourne.

Christie, J., Bushell, R. and Wen, J. (2008), 'Critiquing The Tourism Impact Model: Case Studies From Popular Sydney Beach Side Destination', The Global Events Congress III and China Event Education Conference III, University of QLD.

Staiff, R., Bushell, R. and Ongkhluap, S. (2007), 'Towards Sustainable Tourism: Evaluating the Perception of Impacts of Tourism on World Heritage Sites and Associated Communities - Case Study Ayutthaya Historic Park, Thailand', Tourism - Past Achievements, Future Challenges: Council for Australian Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference (CAUTHE 2007), Manly, Sydney.

Bushell, R., Simmons, B., Scott, J. and Knowd, I. (2007), 'Implementing a Triple Bottom Line Approach to Monitor the Impacts of Tourism in Manly', Tourism - Past Achievements, Future Challenges: Council for Australian Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference (CAUTHE 2007), Manly, NSW.
Scott, J., Simmons, B. and Bushell, R. (2006), 'Fostering Responsible Tourism Business Practices through Collaborative Capacity Building', Governments and Communities in Partnership: From Theory to Practice, Melbourne.

Wen, J., Bushell, R. and Christie, J. (2005), 'The Gap Between the Task and Data: Challenges in Tourism Studies', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference 2005, Darwin, N.T. Australia.

Bushell, R., Simmons, B., Scott, J., Desailly, M., Sinha, C. and Bailley, B. (2005), 'Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Management through Certification programs', Sharing Tourism Knowledge, Alice Springs.

Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2004), 'Strategically planning heritage interpretation for visitors: issues and processes at Minnamurra RainforestCentre, NSW', Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) 2004 Annual Conference Creating Tourism Knowledge, Brisbane.

Sinha, C. and 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 (CAUTHE) 2004 Annual Conference Creating Tourism Knowledge, Brisbane.

Bushell, R. and Staiff, R. (2003), 'Healthy Tourism: striving for sustainable outcomes', Riding the Wave of Tourism & Hospitality Research., Coffs Harbour.

Christie, J., Bushell, R. & Wen, J. 2008, ‘Critiquing the Tourism Impact Model: Case Studies From Popular Sydney Beach Side Destination’, The Global Events Congress III and China Event Education Conference III, pp 310-322.

Reports

Bushell, R., Scott, J., Knowd, I. & Simmons, B. 2005, Sustainable Coastal Tourism for Manly Report to Manly Council, Hawkesbury: Tourism for Healthy Futures, UWS.

Bushell, R., Staiff, R. & Powis, B. 2001, Development of a Conceptual Framework for Healthy Tourism in the Pacific Region, Manilla: Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organisation, and, Sydney: The UWS WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health.

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, Montreal: The World Conservation Union.

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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

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