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Associate Professor Rosemary Black's areas of expertise are in the fields of ecotourism, sustainability, tour guiding and environmental communication. This expertise has been developed over the past 40 years through both industry experience and research. Her current research interests and work are in tour guiding, community-based tourism and sustainability. She has published over 70 refereed publications including 49 refereed journal articles and conference papers, 23 refereed book chapters and 6 books. She was Senior Editor for three of the books. Rosemary co-authored  "Tour Guiding Research: Insights, Issues and Implications" by Channel View Publications. she has published in a wide range of international refereed journals.. Rosemary undertakes applied research with industry partners including protected area management, tourism agencies and community-based organizations and has successfully gained over $500,000 in research and consultancy funding. Rosemary holds two Ministerial appointments with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service Advisory Council and North Coast Regional Advisory Committee, is a Board Member of the Global Sustainable  Tourism Council and an invited member of Parks Victoria Science and Management Effectiveness Committee. She is an Associate Editor for  two international tourism journals.


Research Interests

  • Social dimensions in natural resource management, protected areas and tourism
  • Environmental education, heritage interpretation, tour guiding
  • Ecotourism and sustainable tourism
  • Sustainability and sustainable behaviours

Professional Information


  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (Ministerial appointment),
  • the North Coast Regional Advisory Committee,
  • Member of the Board of Directors Global Sustainable Tourism Council; Interpretation Australia and Oceania World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations representative);
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service State Council (Ministerial appointment)
  • Rosemary has previously been a member of the Southern Ranges and Mid-North Coast Regional Advisory Committees.

Editorial roles on journals:

Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecotourism and the Journal of Interpretation Research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

… → 2002

Masters in Natural Resources, University of New England

… → 1999

Graduate Diploma in Recreation

… → 1978

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Geography, University College of London

… → 1977


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