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Wildlife tourism science and scientists: barriers and opportunities

Rodger, K., Moore, S.A. and Newsome, D. (2010) Wildlife tourism science and scientists: barriers and opportunities. Society & Natural Resources, 23 (8). pp. 679-694.

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Wildlife tourism epitomizes many of the research and management issues confronting those working at the interface of society and natural resources. Little is currently known about this interface, especially the impacts resulting from interactions between people and the wildlife on which this industry depends. This article draws on the perceptions of wildlife scientists and managers in Australia in relation to barriers hindering these scientists from engaging in wildlife tourism science. It explores the power relationships and scientific paradigms influencing them that potentially hinder the development of research into human-wildlife interactions. A key finding was the need for wildlife tourism scientists to emphasize their affinity with the paradigmatic position of the biological sciences in their research activities. A major challenge in realizing future opportunities is achieving interdisciplinary research, where biological and social scientists collaboratively define and address concerns associated with sustainably managing wildlife tourism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group
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