Dr. Pat Maher

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Dr. Pat Maher is an interdisciplinary scholar, who has previously held appointments at Cape Breton University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and the University of Otago. Pat is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He held a Commonwealth Scholarship for his doctoral work, as while at CBU was both a University Teaching Chair in Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship and a SSHRC Exchange University Research Chair in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
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Pat is Chair of the International Polar Tourism Research Network and the lead for the University of the Arctic - Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.  He is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Outdoor Education Research Conference, as well as the Canadian Outdoor Summit. Pat is Vice-chair of the Council of 3M National Fellows for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and a Fellow of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative, a UK-based think tank. Pat has held Visiting Scholar positions at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (2012 & 2017), Southern Denmark University (2018), the University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland (2018 & 2019), Vancouver Island University (2012), University of Edinburgh (2012), and Cambridge University (2003).

Pat is editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, former editor (and current Associate Editor) of the Journal of Experiential Education, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He also sits on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Tourism Futures.

Education
BA, Lakehead University
HBOR, Lakehead University
PhD, Lincoln University
Research

Pat’s research focuses on three overlapping areas:

  1. the meanings that people take from their experiences visiting remote/peripheral/Polar Regions;
  2. the pedagogical approaches, such as experiential learning, that help people create action from these experiences, and;
  3. the linkages to global sustainability challenges that result when people change their values and behaviours.

Past projects have been funded by agencies such as:

  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
  • The Lawson Foundation
  • The Nordic Council of Ministers (Nordregio)
  • The Canadian Rural Secretariat
  • Antarctica New Zealand
  • The Government of Nunavut
  • The Kingdom of Denmark
  • Go2: The Tourism Human Resources Society
  • Aboriginal Business Canada (Industry Canada)
  • The Department of Conservation (New Zealand)
  • The Ministry of Environment (British Columbia)
Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Snow, K., Wardley, L., Carter, L., & Maher, P.T. (2019). Lived Experiences of Online and Experiential Learning in Four Undergraduate Professional Programs. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 12, 79-93.
  2. Strean, W.B., Maher, P.T., & Brooks, K. (2019). Train Wrecks: 3M National Teaching Fellows Explore Creating Learning and Generative Responses from Colossal Failures. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 12, 119-126.
  3. Maher, P.T., MacPherson, S., Doucette, M.B., Tulk, J.E., & Menge, T. (2018). Sustainability, ethics, and authenticity in Indigenous tourism: The case of Eskasoni cultural journeys on Goat Island. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 11(1), pp. 90-106.
  4. Callary, B., Maher, P.T., Root, E.L., & Ryan, J. (2018). Exposition of process-based learning for first year university students. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 11, 118-128.
  5. Johnston, M.E., Dawson, J., & Maher, P.T. (2017). Strategic Development Challenges in Marine Tourism in Nunavut. Resources,6(3), Available at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/resources/special_issues/polar_tourism
  6. de la Barre, S., Maher, P.T., Dawson, J., Hillmer-Pegram, K., Huijbens, E., Lamers, M., Liggett, D., Müller, D., Pashkevich, A., & Stewart, E.J. (2016). Tourism and Arctic observation systems: Exploring the relationships. Polar Research, 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/polar.v35.24980
  7. Maher, P.T., Gelter, H., Hillmer-Pegram, K., Hovgaard, G., Hull, J., Jóhannesson, G.T., Karlsdóttir , A., Rantala, O., & Pashkevich, A. (2014). Arctic Tourism: Realities and Possibilities. 2014 Arctic Yearbook, 290-306.
  8. Johnston, M.E., Dawson, J.P., Childs, J., & Maher, P.T. (2014). Exploring post-course outcomes of an undergraduate tourism field trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Record, 50(2), 147-155.
  9. Vaugeois, N., & Maher, P.T. (2013). Using experiential education to expose graduate students to the relevance of case studies in sustainability and innovation. Journal of Sustainability Education, special issue on Experiential Education – Part 1, 5(Spring 2013), no page numbers.
  10. Maher, P.T. (2012). Expedition cruise visits to protected areas in the Canadian Arctic: Issues of sustainability and change for an emerging market. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 60(1), 55-70.
  11. Dawson, J., Johnston, M.E., Stewart, E.J., Lemieux, C., Lemelin, R.H., Maher, P., & Grimwood, B. (2011). Ethical considerations of Last Chance Tourism. Special issue on ethics and ecotourism. Journal of Ecotourism,10(3), 250-265.
  1. Maher, P.T., & Lemelin, R.H. (2011). Northern Exposure: Opportunities and Challenges for Tourism Development in Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador, Canada. Polar Record, 47(240), 40-45.
  2. Maher, P.T., Johnston, M.E., Dawson, J.D., & Noakes, J. (2011). Risk and a Changing Environment for Antarctic Tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 14(4), 387-399.
  3. Lemelin, R.H., Dawson, J., Stewart, E.J., Maher, P.T., & Lück, M. (2010). Last-Chance Tourism: The Boom, Doom, and Gloom of Visiting Vanishing Destinations. Current Issues in Tourism, 13(5), 477-493.
  4. Thuot, L., Vaugeois, N.L., & Maher, P.T. (2010). Understanding the adoption of sustainable tourism practices by rural operators in BC. Journal of Rural and Community Development, special issue on Rural Tourism and Recreation in Canada, 5(1/2), 76-89.
  5. Maher, P.T., Vaugeois, N.L., & McDonald, D. (2010). Building Capacity, Broadening Awareness, and Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders: An examination of the use of student extension tours to expose the costs and benefits of tourism to rural communities. Journal of Rural and Community Development, special issue on Rural Tourism and Recreation in Canada, 5(1/2), 113-127.
  6. Lemelin, R. H. & Maher, P. (2009). Nanuk of the Torngats: Human-Polar Bear Interactions in Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador, Canada. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 14(2), 152-155.
  7. Dawson, J., Maher, P.T., & Slocombe, D.S. (2007). Climate Change, Marine Tourism and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: Contributions from Systems and Complexity Approaches. Tourism in Marine Environments, 4(2-3), 69-83.
  8. Maher, P.T., McIntosh, A.J., & Steel, G.D. (2006). Examining dimensions of anticipation: Inputs for experience prior to visiting the Ross Sea region, Antarctica. Tourism in Marine Environments, 2(2), 51-63.
     
    Refereed Book Chapters
  1. Maher, P.T. (2018). Conversations across the Pond: Connections between Canadian and Western European outdoor studies over the last 20 years. In P. Becker, C. Loynes, B. Humberstone, & J. Schirp (Eds.). The Changing World of Outdoor Learning in Europe (pp. 251-263). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  2. Graci, S., & Maher, P.T. (2018). Tourism. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.). Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies: A World of Islands (pp. 247-260). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  3. Rowsell, B., & Maher, P.T. (2017). Uniqueness as a Draw for Riding Under the Midnight Sun. In K. Latola & H. Savela (Eds.). The Interconnected Arctic. (pp. 221-229). Amsterdam: Springer.
  4. Maher, P.T. (2017). Tourism Futures in the Arctic. In K. Latola & H. Savela (Eds.). The Interconnected Arctic. (pp. 213-220). Amsterdam: Springer.
  5. Hull, J., De la Barre, S., & Maher, P.T. (2017). Peripheral Geographies of Creativity: The Case for Aboriginal Tourism in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In A. Viken & D. Müller (Eds.). Tourism and Indigeneity in the Arctic (pp. 157-181).  Bristol, UK: Channel View.
  6. Maher, P.T. (2016). Ecotourism: Outdoor pedagogy at the periphery. In B. Humberstone, H. Prince, & K.A. Henderson (Eds.). Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies (pp. 472-481). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  7. Callary, B., & Maher, P.T. (2015). Experiential and community-engaged learning: Improving the health of Cape Breton Island, one fourth grader at a time. In N. Vaugeois, P. Parker, & A. Weighill (Eds.). Innovative Leisure Practices: Cases as Conduits between Theory and Practice, Volume 1 (pp. 21-31). Nanaimo, BC: World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE).
  8. Golden, D.M., Mayer, A.S., McLaren, B.E., Dampier, J.E., Maher, P.T., Smith, M.A., & Stroink, M. (2014). Synchronous e-learning on rural sustainability: A reflection on a course with six universities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In K.D. Thomas & H.E. Muga (Eds.).  Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development (pp. 565-583). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  9. Maher, P.T. (2013). Looking back, venturing forward: Challenges for academia, community and industry in polar tourism research. In D.K. Müller, L. Lundmark, & R.H. Lemelin (Eds.). New issues in polar tourism: Communities, environments, politics (pp. 19-36). Amsterdam: Springer.
  10. Maher, P.T. (2011). Ambassadors for the experience: Perspectives from the Ross Sea Region. In P.T. Maher, E.J. Stewart, & M. Lück (Eds.), Polar Tourism: Human, Environmental and Governance Dimensions, (pp.121-141). Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications Corp. 
  11. Maher, P.T. (2010). “Awesome size…magnitude of the place…the incredible beauty…”: Visitors’ onsite experiences in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. In C.M. Hall & J. Saarinen (Eds.), Tourism and Change in the Polar Regions: Climate, Environments and Experiences, (pp.215-235). Oxford: Routledge.
  12. Maher, P.T. (2010). Cruise tourist experiences and management implications for Auyuittuq, Sirmilik and Quttinirpaaq National Parks, Nunavut, Canada. In C.M. Hall & J. Saarinen (Eds.), Tourism and Change in the Polar Regions: Climate, Environments and Experiences, (pp.119-134). Oxford: Routledge.
  13. Dawson, J., Stewart, E.J., Maher, P.T., & Slocombe, D.S. (2009). Climate change, complexity and cruising in Canada's Arctic: A Nunavut case study. In R. Anderson, & R.M. Bone (Eds.), Natural Resources and Aboriginal People in Canada (2nd Edition) (pp. 414-439). Concord, ON: Captus Press Inc.
  14. Maher, P.T. (2008). Wildlife and tourism in Antarctica: A unique resource and regime for management. In J. Higham, & M. Lück (Eds.), Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences (pp. 294-318). Oxford: CABI.
  15. Maher, P.T. (2005). The nature of the sea: A framework for exploring visitor experiences in the Ross Sea region, Antarctica. In M. Kylänen (Ed.). Articles on Experiences 2, pp. 54-79. Rovaniemi, FI: Lapland Centre of Expertise for the Experience Industry.

 Books (and enclosed non-refereed chapters)

  1. Rantala, O., de la Barre, S., Granås, B., Jóhannesson, G.T., Müller, D., Saarinen, J., Tervo-Kankare, K., Maher, P.T., & Niskala, M. (2019). Arctic Tourism in Times of Change: Seasonality. TemaNord series. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.
  2. Tin, T., Liggett, D., Maher, P.T., & Lamers, M. (Eds.). (2014). Antarctic futures: Human engagement with the Antarctic environment. Amsterdam: Springer.
           a.   Tin, T., Liggett, D., Lamers, M., Maher, P.T., & Hughes, K.A. (2014). Setting the scene: Human activities, environmental impacts and governance arrangements in Antarctica. In T. Tin, D. Liggett, P.T. Maher, & M. Lamers. (Eds.). Antarctic futures: Human engagement with the Antarctic environment (pp. 1-24). Amsterdam: Springer.
           b.   Liggett, D., Lamers, M., Tin, T., & Maher, P.T. (2014). Conclusion: Multiple dimensions of human engagement with the Antarctic environment. In T. Tin, D. Liggett, P.T. Maher, & M. Lamers. (Eds.). Antarctic futures: Human engagement with the Antarctic environment (pp. 335-351). Amsterdam: Springer.
  3. Lemelin, R.H., Maher, P.T., & Liggett, D. (Eds.). (2013). From talk to action: How tourism is changing the Polar Regions. Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies Press - Northern and Regional Studies Series #23.
           a.   Lemelin, R.H., & Maher, P.T., & Liggett, D. (2013). Introduction: From inception to culmination, hosting a tourism conference in a remote polar location. In R.H. Lemelin, P.T. Maher, & D. Liggett. (Eds.). From talk to action: How tourism is changing the Polar Regions (pp. 1-5). Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Northern Studies Press - Northern and Regional Studies Series #23.
           b.   Lemelin, R.H., Liggett, D., & Maher, P.T. (2013). Concluding thoughts: Polar Tourism(s) from Nain to Christchurch. In R.H. Lemelin, P.T. Maher, & D. Liggett. (Eds.). From talk to action: How tourism is changing the Polar Regions (pp. 252-255). Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Northern Studies Press - Northern and Regional Studies Series #23.
  4. Maher, P.T., Stewart, E.J., & Lück, M. (Eds.). (2011). Polar Tourism: Human, Environmental and Governance Dimensions. Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications Corp.
           a.   Maher, P.T., Stewart, E.J., & Lück, M. (2011). An Introduction to Polar Tourism: Human, Environmental and Governance Dimensions. In P.T. Maher, E.J. Stewart, & M. Lück (Eds.), Polar Tourism: Human, Environmental and Governance Dimensions, (pp.3-13). Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications Corp.
  5. Lück, M., Maher, P.T., & Stewart, E.J. (Eds.). (2010). Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability? London: Earthscan.
           a.   Lück, M., Maher, P.T., & Stewart, E.J. (2010). Setting the scene: Polar cruise tourism in the 21st century. In Lück, M., Maher, P.T., & Stewart, E.J. (Eds.).Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability?, (pp.1-10). London: Earthscan. 
           b.   Maher, P.T., Stewart, E.J., & Lück, M. (2010). Moving forward. In Lück, M., Maher, P.T., & Stewart, E.J. (Eds.). Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability?, (pp.227-235). London: Earthscan.