Doctor Felicity Picken

Doctor Felicity Picken

Lecturer in Heritage Studies,
Geography, Tourism & Planning


Felicity Picken is a lecturer in tourism and heritage within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. She has a number of research strengths including post-industrial urban regeneration with a focus on heritage, urban design and architecture, lifestyle migration, the beach as a transformative place and the social and cultural coordinates of tourism. All of her research is underpinned by the principles of social and environmental sustainability.

Her recent work develops what she calls ‘blue sociology’, a programme of research that is dedicated to understanding the legacies and futures of living with a ‘blue planet’. Many of these oceanic relationships are formed through the increasingly vast and diverse array of popular encounters with oceanic space. These include interventions in leisure, tourism, heritage-making, arts, media and the cultural industries. In the twenty-first century, and its reshaping of human-nature relations, oceanic space is presented as an important sphere of human action, a formidable shaper of further action and a critique of the limits of human-centric ontologies.

Felicity is a member of the Australian Sociological Association, the Australasian Cultural Studies Association and the Critical Tourism Studies Association and is the review editor for Tourist Studies (Sage). Her teaching includes the sociology of tourism, heritage and tourism and interpreting natural and cultural spaces. 

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  • PhD University of Tasmania

Professional Memberships

  • The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (2012 - 2016)
  • Critical Tourism Studies Association South East Asia (2008 - 2016)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (2015 - 2016)


  • Blue sociology and the socialisation of the blue planet
  • Tourism, heritage, the environment and the transformation of place
  • Urban design and architecture in post-industrial landscapes

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography, Tourism & Planning


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Chapters in Books

  • Teerakunpisut, S., Wen, J., Matthews, A. and Picken, F. (2023), 'Interactions between Muslim attendees and non-Muslim staff : a study of the Islamic MICE market in Thailand', Contemporary Muslim Travel Cultures: Practices, Complexities and Emerging Issues, Routledge 9780367477400.
  • Picken, F. (2022), 'The future, the devil and the deep blue sea', Science Fiction, Disruption and Tourism, Channel View Publications 9781845418687.
  • Osbaldiston, N., Picken, F. and Denny, L. (2021), 'Dynamics of seachangers in rural and regional townships : impacts on local communities in transition', Crossroads of Rural Crime: Representations and Realities of Transgression in the Australian Countryside, Emerald Publishing 9781800436459.
  • Picken, F. (2019), 'Free-falling the water column : raptures and ruptures of the deep', Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers, Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Picken, F., Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Bedrock, metropolis and Indigenous heritage : rendering 'The Rocks' invisible', Creating Heritage for Tourism, Routledge 9781138572713.
  • Picken, F. (2019), 'Ethnography', Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press 9780190310103.
  • Picken, F. (2018), 'Knowing the aquatic other : unleashing Blackfish', Co-creating Tourism Research: Towards Collaborative Ways of Knowing, Routledge 9781138228191.
  • Picken, F. (2018), 'From makeshift to makeover : materialising the beach shack as architectural heritage', Routledge Handbook of Second Home Tourism and Mobilities, Routledge 9781138678316.
  • Picken, F. (2018), 'The interview in tourism research', Qualitative Methods in Tourism Research: Theory and Practice, Channel View Publications 9781845416409.
  • Picken, F. (2017), 'Cancun, Mexico', The Sage International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, SAGE Publications 9781483368948.
  • Picken, F. (2017), 'Extreme tourism', The SAGE International Encylopedia of Travel and Tourism, SAGE Publications 9781483368948.
  • Picken, F. (2017), 'Beach tourism', The Sage International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, SAGE Publications 9781483368948.
  • Picken, F. (2015), 'Real things, tourist things and drawing the line in the ocean', Tourism Encounters and Controversies: Ontological Politics of Tourism Development, Ashgate 9781472424365.
  • Osbaldiston, N. and Picken, F. (2014), 'Negotiating the value of 'slow' in amenity migration', Global Amenity Migration: Transforming Rural Culture, Economy and Landscape, New Ecology Press 9780993635106.
  • Osbaldiston, N. and Picken, F. (2014), 'The urban push for environmental amenity : the impact of lifestyle migration on local housing markets and communities', Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens, Bentham Science Publishers 9781608058037.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, A., Cook, N., Grundy, A., Luck, M., Pert, P., Picken, F. and Stacey, J. (2023), 'Innovative local response to cyclone damaged reef leads to rapid tourism recovery', Journal of Ecotourism, vol 22, no 3 , pp 354 - 374.
  • Osbaldiston, N., Picken, F. and Denny, L. (2020), 'Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia', Population, Space and Place, vol 26, no 5 .
  • Osbaldiston, N., Denny, L. and Picken, F. (2020), 'Seachange in Tasmania : exploring interstate migration into the 'Apple Isle'', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol 26, no 1 , pp 55 - 76.
  • Picken, F. (2016), 'Making heritage of modernity : provoking Atlantis as a catalyst for change', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol 11, no 1 , pp 58 - 70.
  • Osbaldiston, N., Picken, F. and Duffy, M. (2015), 'Characteristics and future intentions of second homeowners : a case study from Eastern Victoria, Australia', Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, vol 7, no 1 , pp 62 - 76.
  • Picken, F. (2014), ''So much for Snapshots' : the material relations of tourists as cultural dupes', Tourist Studies: An International Journal, vol 4, no 3 , pp 246 - 260.
  • Picken, F. and Ferguson, T. (2014), 'Diving with Donna Haraway and the promise of a blue planet', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol 32, no 2 , pp 329 - 341.
  • Osbaldiston, N. and Picken, F. (2014), 'Ongoing and future relationships of second home owners with places in coastal Australia : an empirical case study from Eastern Victoria', Tourism Review International, vol 18, no 3 , pp 137 - 152.
  • Picken, F. (2013), 'From designed spaces to designer savvy societies : the potential of ideas competitions in willing participation', Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, vol 45, no 8 , pp 1963 - 1976.
  • Franklin, A., Picken, F. and Osbaldiston, N. (2013), 'Conceptualizing the changing nature of Australian beach tourism in a low carbon society', International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, vol 5, no 1 , pp 1 - 10.

Conference Papers

  • Ryan, L. and Picken, F. (2017), ''Too much to look at - sea, seagulls, art!' : the experiential appeal of art exhibitions in public leisure spaces', Critical Tourism Studies, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • Picken, F. (2015), 'Accounting the blue planet in tourism : undersea and the opportunity for inclusive approaches to knowledge production', CAUTHE Conference, Southern Cross University.

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