Author or editor of over 70 books Michael is a Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, which he joined in 2007. He is also Docent in the Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; a Visiting Professor, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden and a Senior Reseach Fellow, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He also currently holds positions at the University of Mauritius and the University of Eastern Finland. He is also a frequent visitor to the Department of Geography, Umeå University (from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2008) and the Department of Service Management at Lund Helsingborg campus, both in Sweden. His doctorate is in geography from the University of Western Australia, from which he also has an honours degree in politics. His masters is from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in geography. He was elected to the International Academy for the Study of Tourism in 1995 but resigned in 2004 (not that anyone asked him why - but resigned because...
a) he didn't think it was appropriate to have a meeting in Beijing prior to the Olympics [it's a human rights thing];
b) he didn't like that the Academy criteria for meetings appeared to be that hosts provide everything for free (despite reports to the contrary he never was very good at academic imperialism);
c) he's not sure that it has actually done that much to advance the cause of tourism scholarship; and
d) he never was that good in clubs anyway).
Although most well known for his work in tourism, in which he is the most cited academic author in the world [Google Scholar citations: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d5GFhXYAAAAJ], Michael has longstanding teaching and research interests in various dimensions of temporary mobility, regional development, environmental history, environmental change and sustainability; governance, institutions, power and policy making in tourism; steady-state and ecological economic perspectives on destinations and regions; servicescapes and the design of places of consumption; second homes; public transport, green cities and walkability; social marketing and behaviour change; World Heritage; conservation and environmental and climate change; national park history and the travels and influence of John Muir; the impacts of hallmark events; biodiversity conservation and biosecurity from a mobility context; and the use of tourism as a development and conservation mechanism especially in peripheral areas. The latter representing a return to the wilderness research he undertook for his PhD. He has also been undertaking research on wine and food marketing and gastronomy, which has required strenuous research, this is particularly focused on development of local economies, food miles, biosecurity, farmers markets and alternative marketing channels for small-scale producers.
In case your still reading this when you were looking for Michael C. Hall. He was not in 'Six Foot Under' although sometimes he does feel like 'Dexter' and putting some people that far underground. Ah yes, and he didn't marry (and divorce) my TV sister! For non-book publication information see https://canterbury-nz.academia.edu/CMichaelHall