Doctor Garth Lean

Doctor Garth Lean

Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Heritage Studies,
Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Heritage Studies,
Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Biography

Garth Lean is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Heritage Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He researches travel, tourism and new technologies, and is the co-lead of ‘Travel in the Digital Age’ (TinDA – www.tindaproject.com), an interdisciplinary group of researchers working at the intersections of mobile lives and technology. Garth’s current research interests include:

  • Travel, tourism and digital technology (including VR, AR, smartphones, location tracking)
  • Tourist/traveller experiences and personal transformation
  • Digital geography
  • Digital research (including creative and innovative methodologies)
  • Equitable mobilities in urban and regional places
  • Smart transport interventions
  • Asian and Chinese tourists/travellers/migrants
  • Sexual racism and gendered encounters on location-aware social apps

Garth is the School of Social Science and Psychology’s Student Transitions, Achievement, Retentions and Success (STARS) Academic Coordinator, and a Vice President of The Geographical Society of New South Wales.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Lean.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BTourism(Hons) University of Western Sydney
  • BAppScEnvMgtTour University of Western Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)
  • Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Committees

  • The Geographical Society of New South Wales
  • School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Contact

Email: G.Lean@westernsydney.edu.au
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101635 Urban Planning Placement Project, 2016
  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2016
  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2017
  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2018

Publications

Books

  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Travel and Representation', : Berghahn Books 9781785336027.
  • Lean, G. (2016), 'Transformative Travel in a Mobile World', : CABI 9781780643991.

Chapters in Books

  • James, D., Condie, J. and Lean, G. (2019), 'Travel, Tinder and gender in digitally mediated tourism encounters', The Geographies of Digital Sexuality, Palgrave Macmillan 9789811368752.
  • Condie, J., Lean, G. and Wilcockson, B. (2018), 'The trouble with Tinder : the ethical complexities of researching location-aware social discovery apps', The Ethics of Online Research, Emerald 9781787144866.
  • Condie, J., Lean, G. and James, D. (2018), 'Tinder matters : swiping right to unlock research fields', Doing Research in and on the Digital: Research Methods across Fields of Inquiry, Routledge 9781138673915.
  • Staiff, R., Waterton, E. and Lean, G. (2017), 'Travel and representation : past, present, future', Travel and Representation, Berghahn Books 9781785336027.
  • Lean, G. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Travel and imagination : an invitation', Travel and Imagination, Ashgate 9781472410252.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Reimagining travel and imagination', Travel and Imagination, Ashgate 9781472410252.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Exploring travel and transformation', Travel and Transformation, Ashgate 9781409467632.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Lasting impressions', Travel and Transformation, Ashgate 9781409467632.
  • Lean, G. (2013), 'Investigating perpetual travel : email interviews and longitudinal methods in travel, tourism and mobilities research', Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration, Ashgate 9781409453710.
  • Lean, G. (2012), 'The lingering moment', The Cultural Moment in Tourism, Routledge 9780415611152.
  • Lean, G. (2009), 'Transformative travel : inspiring sustainability', Wellness and Tourism : Mind, Body, Spirit, Place, Cognizant Communication Corporation 9781882345519.

Journal Articles

  • Forrest, J., Lean, G. and Dunn, K. (2017), 'Attitudes of classroom teachers to cultural diversity and multicultural education in country New South Wales, Australia', The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol 42, no 5 , pp 17 - 34.
  • Watkins, M., Lean, G. and Noble, G. (2016), 'Multicultural education : the state of play from an Australian perspective', Race, Ethnicity and Education, vol 19, no 1 , pp 46 - 66.
  • Forrest, J., Lean, G. and Dunn, K. (2016), 'Challenging racism through schools : teacher attitudes to cultural diversity and multicultural education in Sydney, Australia', Race Ethnicity and Education, vol 19, no 3 , pp 618 - 638.
  • Dunn, K., Lean, G., Watkins, M. and Noble, G. (2014), 'The visibility of racism : perceptions of cultural diversity and multicultural education in state schools', International Journal of Organizational Diversity, vol 15, no 1 , pp 17 - 29.
  • Lean, G. (2012), 'Transformative travel : a mobilities perspective', Tourist Studies, vol 12, no 2 , pp 151 - 172.

Conference Papers

  • Lean, G. and Dunn, K. (2013), 'Surveying the state of community relations in public schools', International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: Realities of Culture, Colour and Identity, Cairns, N.T..

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Travels Through West Africa: A Sensual Essay', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Travels Through East Timor: A Sensual Essay', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Travels Through Cambodia and Laos: A Sensual Essay', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Rethinking Multiculturalism, Reassessing Multicultural Education. Project Report Number 1: Surveying New South Wales Public School Teachers', Research Report

Garth researches travel, tourism and new technologies, and is the co-lead of ‘Travel in the Digital Age’ (TinDA – www.tindaproject.com), an interdisciplinary group of researchers working at the intersections of mobile lives and technology. His current research interests include:

  • Travel, tourism and digital technology (including VR, AR, smartphones, location tracking)
  • Tourist/traveller experiences and personal transformation
  • Digital geography
  • Digital research (including creative and innovative methodologies)
  • Equitable mobilities in urban and regional places
  • Smart transport interventions
  • Asian and Chinese tourists/travellers/migrants
  • Sexual racism and gendered encounters on location-aware social apps

This information has been contributed by Doctor Lean.

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Making place with technological infrastructures: digital inequalities in the Aerotropolis
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Yogyakartan Women's experience of using Tinder during travel
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Experiences of imagined communities and gender on Her and Grindr.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Locative Dating: finding yourself and others through dating apps
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Understanding Tinder's Role in the Making and Remaking of Social Relations Between Women from Yogyarta and Tourist Men from the Global North
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified

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