GEM prof recognized as most influential tourism scholar

Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Cover on TourismDr. Geoff Wall, a retired Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) professor in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, is the subject of a publication titled, The “Great Wall” in tourism research – a portrait of Geoff Wall by P. F. Xie in the journal "Anatolia – An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.”

The piece, examining Wall’s pioneering work, comes from a recent study hoping to answer the simple question: who are the most influential scholars in the study of tourism?

Upon scanning citations from a wide range of tourism–related scholarship, the study placed Dr. Wall at the top of the list of tourism scholars by being among the most-cited in the field.

With close to 200 journal articles, 100 book chapters and more than 20 authored or edited books and monographs, Wall has been as prolific a scholar as he has been influential. Specifically he explores the implications of different types of tourism for destination areas with different characteristics.

Dr. Wall received numerous awards during his career, most recently the 2011 CAG Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography

Wall’s work has helped establish the Faculty of Environment as a global leader in tourism research with its Master of Tourism Policy and Planning program and the groundbreaking climate change and tourism research being done by GEM’s Dan Scott and his graduate students.

Those interested in learning more about Wall’s field-defining work can start with one of Wall’s most successful books, Tourism: Change, Impacts, and Opportunities.

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