Professor Robyn Bushell

Professor Robyn Bushell

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

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.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bushell.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MAppSc Hawkesbury Agricultural College
  • BAppSc Hawkesbury Agricultural College

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

Contact

Email: R.Bushell@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9182
Mobile:
Location: EI.G.22
Parramatta

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Pookhao, N., Bushell, R., Hawkins, M. and Staiff, R. (2018), 'Empowerment through community-based ecotourism in a globalised world global-local nexus : three Thai villaes as case studies', Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: Inclusion, Empowerment and Self-determination, Routledge 9780415788441.
  • Bushell, R. (2018), 'Refocusing sustainable tourism : poverty alleviation in iconic world heritage destinations in Southeast Asia', Managing Asian Destinations, Springer 9789811084256.
  • Spenceley, A., Hvenegaard, G., Bushell, R., Leung, Y., McCool, S. and Eagles, P. (2018), 'The impacts of protected area tourism', Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability, International Union for Conservation of Nature 9782831718996.
  • Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2017), 'What of heritage in a mobile world? : negotiating heritage/tourism/community in Luang Prabang, Laos', Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present, Springer 9783319428680.
  • Bushell, R. (2017), 'Healthy tourism', The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism, Routledge 9781138909830.
  • Bushell, R. (2015), 'Heritage and sustainable development : transdisciplinary imaginings of a wicked concept', The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137293558.
  • Bushell, R. (2015), 'Health tourism', Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer 9783319016696.
  • Bushell, R. (2014), 'Heritage values, communication of ', Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer 9781441904263.
  • 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 9780415532648.
  • Staiff, R., Watson, S. 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. 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.

Journal Articles

  • Waterton, E., Staiff, R., Bushell, R. and Burns, E. (2019), 'Monster mines, dugouts, and abandoned villages : a composite narrative of Burra's heritage', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol 14, no 2 , pp 85 - 100.
  • Pookhao, N., Bushell, R., Hawkins, M. and Staiff, R. (2018), 'Community-based ecotourism : beyond authenticity and the commodification of local people', Journal of Ecotourism, vol 17, no 3 , pp 252 - 267.
  • Bushell, R. and Bricker, K. (2017), 'Tourism in protected areas : developing meaningful standards', Tourism and Hospitality Research, vol 17, no 1 , pp 106 - 120.
  • Staiff, R. and 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.
  • 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, vol 8, no 2-3 , pp 133 - 144.
  • Staiff, R. and 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.
  • Allon, F., Anderson, K. and Bushell, R. (2008), 'Mutant mobilities : backpacker tourism in ?global' Sydney', Mobilities, vol 3, no 1 , pp 73 - 94.
  • Bushell, R. and Griffin, T. (2007), 'Monitoring Visitor Experiences in Protected Areas', PARKS, vol 16, no 2 , pp 25 - 33.
  • 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, vol 26, no 1-2 , pp 105 - 130.
  • Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2004), 'Tourism & Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries.', Annals of Tourism Research, vol 31, no 3 , pp 723 - 726.
  • 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, vol 29, no 3 , pp 39 - 51.
  • Staiff, R. and Bushell, R. (2003), 'Heritage Interpretation and Cross Cultural Translation in an Age of Global Travel', Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, vol 21, no 4 , pp 104 - 122.
  • Staiff, R., Bushell, R. and Kennedy, P. (2002), 'Interpretation in National Parks: Some Critical Questions', Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol 10, no 2 , pp 97 - 113.
  • 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, vol 6 , pp 35 - 50.
  • 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, 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, W. and Jafari, J. (2001), 'The Development of Tourism Research in Australia', Journal of Travel Research, vol 39, no 3 , pp 323 - 326.

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.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Tourism Supporting Diversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development', Report
  • 2008, 'Backpackers in Global Sydney: Final Report', Report

Dr Bushell's areas of expertise include: Natural and cultural heritage tourism planning; community development.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bushell.

Previous Projects

Title: Environmental education/interpretation research profile for UWS
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2004-06-01 - 2005-05-31
ID: P0011408
Title: Interpretation at Heritage Sites: Closing the Gap between Natural & Cultural Heritage
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0011512
Title: Environmental Management of Tourism Business in Manly
Funder:
  • Manly Council
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell, Bruce Simmons and Jennifer Scott
Years: 2005-07-05 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0014815
Title: Development of Environmental Management Systems in Small Business in the Macarthur Region NSW
Funder:
  • Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Bruce Simmons
Years: 2008-08-19 - 2010-12-30
ID: P0016086
Title: 'Parramatta Stories': values based community development
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell, Russell Staiff and Poll Theerapappisit
Years: 2006-12-20 - 2009-02-28
ID: P0015387
Title: Dissemination of Environmental Management Training for Tourism Businesses
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Bruce Simmons
Years: 2007-02-06 - 2010-03-30
ID: P0015558
Title: A cost-benefit analysis of tourism in popular coastal communities, Australia
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • Waverley Council
  • Manly Council
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Julie Wen
Years: 2003-05-07 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0010758
Title: Environmental Management in the Camping and Caravan Park Industry
Funder:
  • Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell, Bruce Simmons and Corazon Sinha
Years: 2003-01-29 - 2009-12-31
ID: P0014004
Title: Reconceptualising the Environmental Education Strategy at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Funder:
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2003-01-29 - 2006-01-29
ID: P0011238
Title: Improving the Relationship between World Heritage, Tourism and Poverty Reduction
Funder:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell
Years: 2017-11-30 - 2018-12-21
ID: P00024572
Title: Environmental Management of Business in Strathfield
Funder:
  • Strathfield Municipal Council
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Bruce Simmons
Years: 2007-03-07 - 2012-03-30
ID: P0015523
Title: Improving the contribution of protected areas to quality of life in rural and regional communities
Funder:
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2002-01-01 - 2008-01-14
ID: P0012714
Title: Culturally Sensitive Subject Materials
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell
Years: 2000-12-13 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0013954
Title: A Strategic & Critical Examination of Interpretation for Tourism in Protected Areas
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0011154
Title: Development of Stuarts Crossing Property Management Plan
Funder:
  • Sydney Catchment Authority
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell
Years: 2001-03-05 - 2001-06-30
ID: P0010028
Title: Engaging community and small business in sustainability management.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Bruce Simmons
Years: 2005-12-21 - 2006-12-20
ID: P0015005
Title: Theorising the Entangled Relationships between World Heritage places, local people visitors and industry: a case study in Luang Prabang, Laos PDR.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell and Russell Staiff
Years: 2009-10-28 - 2010-10-27
ID: P00017598
Title: ASEAN Plus Three Initiative on Healthy Tourism
Funder:
  • Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Robyn Bushell
Years: 2009-02-01 - 2012-12-31
ID: P00016668
Title: Backpacker cultures, residential communities, and the construction of tourist spaces and landscapes: A regional study of changing tourism dynamics in Sydney
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Randwick City Council
  • Waverley Council
  • The Council of the City of Sydney
  • Manly Council
  • North Sydney Council
  • Woollahra Municipal Council
Western Researchers: Kay Anderson, Robyn Bushell and Fiona Allon
Years: 2005-03-08 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0012620
Title: Representation and Subjectivity:Heritage Tourism at Hiroshima
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Emma Waterton and Robyn Bushell
Years: 2010-11-02 - 2013-02-28
ID: P00019261

Supervision

Professor Bushell is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Understanding the 'Green' Concepts and Segmentation of Tourism: A Case Study of Thailand
Field of Research:

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