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Dr Anna Thompson (nee Carr)
Senior Lecturer
Co-Director, Centre for Recreation Research

Contact details: Commerce 4.46
Tel: 64 3 479 8057
Email: anna.thompson@otago.ac.nz

Anna is Lecturer and Course Coordinator for

Anna is a senior lecturer and course coordinator for TOUR301, TOUR305, TOUR306, TOUR416. She serves as the Department representative on the School's Undergraduate Advisory Group, on the University of Otago Women's Development Programme, elected committee member of the university’s Staff Women’s Caucus and as Kaiawhina Māori for the Tourism Department.


Before being appointed to lecturing staff in 2001 Anna was owner-operator of two adventure tourism businesses. She had several years experience working for The Helicopter Line and over a decade working in various NZ national parks for the Departments of Conservation and Lands and Survey. Since 2008 she has been co-director of the Centre for Recreation Research with Dr Brent Lovelock http://www.crr.otago.ac.nz/). External service includes work on the editorial boards of Tourism in Marine Environments and the Journal of Heritage Tourism and on the NZ Mountain Safety Council National Research Committee and Aoraki Mount Cook Dark Skies Board. Anna has been a visiting researcher at the University of Stavanger (Norway) and University of Edinburgh (UK) in 2006, Harstad (Norway) and UNBC (Canada) in 2010.

Research Interests

Anna has published internationally in peer reviewed academic journal and been invited as a chapter contributor to numerous edited books. Her current research interests are focused on three areas.

1: Environmental management of tourism: This research focuses on ecotourism, ecopreneurship and sustainable SMTEs. From 1999 to 2002 Anna worked alongside Professor James Higham on a nationwide FRST funded project investigating Ecotourism in New Zealand: profiling visitors to New Zealand ecotourism operations.  In 2005 Anna had an Otago Research Grant to study Maori owned nature tourism businesses.

2: Recreation: Anna’s interests here surround wilderness recreation planning and the history of alpine and polar region recreation.  From 2009-2010 she has undertaken numerous externally funded projects in this area. Anna received SPARC (SportNZ) funding for a project on ‘Family preferences, experiences and benefits associated with outdoor in Aotearoa’ (Project Leader: Anna Thompson) and was co investigator on two other projects ‘Immigrants and the Outdoors’ (Project Leader: Brent Lovelock) and ‘Enduring Participation in Outdoor Recreation’ (Project Leader: Brent Lovelock). Other notable research included visitor studies commissioned by the Department of Conservation in the Hakatere, Ahuriri and Ruataniwha Conservation Parks.

3: Cultural landscapes and cultural tourism development:  Anna’s PhD (1998-2004) examined the management of visitors’ experiences of cultural landscapes in New Zealand. As a result she was an invited director of Te Ana Whakairo (Maori Rock Art Centre Trust) from 2007-2011. She continues to study how cultural identity influences tourism development and land management through cultural values for landscapes, visitor demand for cultural tourism, cultural tourism entrepreneurship and cross cultural visitor interpretation. Recently she collaborated on a book chapter exploring cultural dissonance and indigenous peoples with Canadian researchers. In 2012-2013 she was awarded an Otago Research Grant as Principal investigator with Diane Ruwhiu (Management). The ORG will explore Māori business networks.

Major Works

Carr, A.M. (2007) “Negotiating the obstacles: owner/operator perspectives on ‘nature’ tourism in New Zealand”. Pp. 406-427 in Critical Issues in Ecotourism Higham, J. (ed.), Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier.

Carr, A.M. (2004) "Mountain Places, Cultural Spaces: The Interpretation of Culturally Signifcant Landscapes ." Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 12(5): 432-459.

Carr, A.M. (2006) “Lakes, myths and legends: the relationship between tourism and cultural values for water in Aotearoa/New Zealand.” Pp. 83-100 in Lake Tourism: An Integrated Approach to Lacustrine Tourism Systems. C.M. Hall and T. Harkonen (eds.), Channel View Publications. 

Selected Recent Publications

Lovelock, B., Jellum, C., Thompson, A., & Lovelock, K. (2013). Could Immigrants Care Less about the Environment? A Comparison of the Environmental Values of Immigrant and Native-Born New Zealanders. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 26(4), 402-419.

Thompson-Carr, A. (2012). Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Mackenzie Basin’s transition from wilderness to tourist place. Journal of Tourism Consumption & Practice, 4(1), 30-58. Retrieved from http://www.tourismconsumption.org/v4n1.htm

Lovelock, B., Lovelock, K., Jellum, C. & Thompson, A. (2012). Immigrants' experiences of nature-based recreation in New Zealand. Annals of Leisure Research, 15(3), 204-226. doi:10.1080/11745398.2012.716618

Thompson, A. (2012). [Review of the book Rachel Carson: A biography]. International Journal of Wilderness, 18(2), 47-48.

Thompson, A. (2011). Transforming Merino Country in the Mackenzie. In J. Ruru, M. Abbott, & J. Stephenson (Eds.), Battlescapes: Conflict and change in the landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin: Otago University Press.

Lovelock, K., Lovelock, B., Jellum, C., & Thompson, A. (2011). In search of belonging: Immigrant experiences of outdoor nature-based settings in New Zealand. Leisure Studies 30(4), 513-529.

Amo, M. and Thompson, A. (2011), ‘(re) Imaging Maori Tourism: Representation and cultural hybridity in postcolonial New Zealand’ Tourist Studies, 10(1) 35-55.

Thompson, A., B. Lovelock, A. Reis, M. Kjelsberg, G. Sides, R. Wright and C. Jellum (2010), ‘Traditional livelihoods, conservation and recreation: reflections on managing visitation in New Zealand conservation parks’Tourismos: an international multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism, 4 (4) 163-179.

Reis, A., Thompson, A., Lovelock, B. and Boyes, M. (2010). ‘Planting the seed’:          
Family preferences, experiences and benefits associated with outdoor recreation         
in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Centre for Recreation Research, Department of Tourism, School of Business, University of Otago. ISBN (paperback) 978-0-473- 176262-6 (CD Rom) 978-0-473-176263-3, 67 pp.

Liggett (nee Haase), D., McIntosh, A., Thompson, A., Gilbert, N., and Storey, B. (2010) ‘From frozen continent to tourism hotspot?  Five decades of Antarctic tourism development and management, and a glimpse into the future’ Tourism Management, JTMA-D-09-00419R2.

Haase, D., McIntosh, A., Thompson, A., Storey, B. and Gilbert, N. (2010) ‘Stakeholder Perspectives on the Governance of Antarctic Cruise Tourism’, Chapter 13 in Lück, M; Maher, P.; & Stewart, E. (eds.), Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability. London: Earthscan. ISBN 9781844078486. Pp: 167-179.

Lovelock, B., Lovelock, K., Jellum, C. and Thompson, A. (2010) Recent immigrants’ recreation experiences of the New Zealand outdoors, Centre for Recreation Research. University of Otago, Dunedin. 97 pp.

Jellum, C. and Thompson, A (2009) Dunedin City Summer Cycle Survey. Centre for Recreation Research. University of Otago, Dunedin.  ISBN 978-0-473-13922-3. 42 pp.

Thompson, A., Lovelock, B., Reis, A. and Jellum, C. (2008) Hakatere Conservation Park Visitor Study, 2007-2008, Report commissioned by Department of Conservation, Canterbury. Centre for Recreation Research. University of Otago, Dunedin. ISBN 978-0-473-13922-3. 79 pp.

Carr, A.M. (2008) ‘Cultural landscapes and heritage tourism.’ In Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Asia and the Pacific, B. Prideaux, D. Timothy & Chon, K. (eds.), Oxon: Routledge. ISBN-978-0-415-36673-1 Pp: 35-48 (Invited chapter).


PhD and Masters Supervision - Current

PhD Kelly Whitney-Squire. The Role of Language in Sustainable Community-based Indigenous Tourism Development, 2011-

PhD Jovel Ananayo. Tourism and heritage management of conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a world heritage site in danger, 2009-

PhD Christina Cavaliere. Cultivating Climate Consciousness: Connections to Farms, Food and Place , 2009-

PhD Gunn Kro . Mumpreneurs, 2012-

Masters Tim Staffeld. Cycle Tourism, 2012-

PhD and Masters Supervision - Completed

PhD Brenda Boonabaana. Community tourism and natural resource conservation in Western Uganda, 2009-2011. Graduated 2012.

PhD Sandro Carnicelli-Filho. White-water rafting guides and emotional labour, 2008-2011. Graduated 2011.

PhD Chengeto Chaderopa. Social Space and Grand Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, 2007-2010. Graduated 2011.

PhD Steve Taylor. (Primary Supervisor) Mountain bikers and Destination Choice Theory 2007- 2010. Graduated 2010.

PhD Arianne Reis. Stewart Island wildlife tourism interactions (recipient of Education NZ Scholarship, World Leisure Congress International Scholarship), 2005-2009. Graduated 2010. Awarded Post-Doctorate, Southern Cross University 2010-

PhD Maria Amo. Cultural Tourism and Regional Identity, 2005-2008. Graduated 2009. Post Doctorate Te Tumu, University of Otago

PhD Asa Grahn. Personal benefits of educational tour experiences, 2004-2010. Graduated 2011.

PhD Daniela Haase. Monitoring Tourism in Antarctica, 2005-2008. Graduated 2008, Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Masters Breidi Hodge. Prison Tourism: Cashing in on Crime, 2011-2012.

Masters Tupe Tagamoa. Samoa and Ecotourism, 2009-2010. Awarded with distinction.

Masters  Magnus Kjelsberg. Aircraft management and recreational experiences in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, 2008-2009. Graduated with Distinction

Masters  Gillian Stein. Transport access in the Catlins, 2007-2008.

Masters  Iklee Ismail. Ecotourism in the Maldives, 2007-2008. Graduated with Distinction

Masters  Fiona MacDonald. SMEs and Business Planning (Ministry of Tourism scholarship recipient ), 2006-2008. Graduated with Distinction

Masters  Dan Benn. Wellness Tourism, 2005-2008, Graduated with Distinction

Masters Gerald Sides. Genealogy Tourism, 2005-2007, Graduated with Distinction

Masters Yuthasak Chatkaewnapanon. A tourism historiography of Koh Samui, 2004-2008. Graduated 2011.

Masters     Michael Grace. Antarctic Gateways - Hobart and Christchurch , 2004-2005. Graduated 2005.


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