University of Canterbury
Michael is currently Professor in Marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, joining the department at the start of 2007. He is also currently Docent in the Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; and a Visiting Professor in the Business School, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden and Senior Research Fellow, School of Tourism & Hospitality, University of Johannesburg. Author or editor of over 80 books and author of over 200 refereed journal articles and 300 book chapters Michael's work often focuses on the intersection of social and physical science especially with respect to various dimensions of global environmental change. This has meant that as well as dealing with various issues of biosecurity and biodiversity conservation, especially in a tourism context, also looking at the various ways in which tourism and mobility contribute to climate change and sustainable places. Other major themes therefore include examining the way in behavioural and social marketing interventions can encourage sustainable behaviours (Tourism and Social Marketing, Routledge, 2014) as well as the significance of social practices. Two books on resilience are due in 2016, one on Tourism and Resilience (Channelview) the other an edited book on Business and Post Disaster Management: Business, Organisational and Consumer Resilience and the Christchurch Earthquakes (Routledge). Other current research focuses on tourism and sustainable cities; walkability; tourism and public transport; and sustainable culinary systems.
Key research Interests: Sustainable tourism, Global environmental change, Sustainable consumption, Sustainable mobility, Regional development, Sustainable Cities, Application of ecological theory in business and economics