• 341 Citations
  • 11 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

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.

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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Research Output

#LookAtMe: Capturing NSW rural destination marketing managers perceptions of engaging the millennial market

Black, R., Lewis, C. & Nelson, K., 2020, 20:20 Vision: New Perspectives on the Diversity of Hospitality, Tourism and Events: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference. p. 285-287 3 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

Ecotourism Glocalization: An Analysis of Policy and Expert Perspectives

Cobbinah, P. B., Black, R. & N-yanbini, N. N., 15 Jul 2020, In : Tourism Planning and Development. p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Reimagining selves, Liminal tourism spaces as sites for lifestyle migration. An exploration of the reflexive narratives of tourism business owners in Niseko, Japan.

    Nelson, K., Black, R., Bamberry, L. & Ragusa, A. T., 2019, CAUTHE 2019 : Sustainability of Tourism, Hospitality & Events in a Disruptive Digital Age. Central Queensland University Australia, p. 508-511 4 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

    24 Citations (Scopus)


    Awarded Best Paper in Tourism Recreation Research in 2015.

    Black, Rosemary (Recipient) & Betty Weiler (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Award

  • Best rural public/population health research presentation

    Whitsed, Rachel (Recipient), Black, Rosemary (Recipient), Knight, Alexandra (Recipient) & Harvey, Robin (Recipient), 29 Sep 2017

    Prize: Award


    • 2 Editorial responsibility

    Australasian Journal of Parks and Leisure (Journal)

    Rosemary Black (Guest editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    Annals of leisure research (Journal)

    Rosemary Black (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility