Associate Professor Jim Macbeth
B.Com, MA, PhD

Emeritus

About me

Research and teaching related to travel and tourism defined my research and teaching career during the last 20 years that I was on staff at Murdoch – tourism social science, including issues of risk recreation, sub-cultures and policy.  This is illustrated by research into impacts of events in natural and protected areas, along with research exploring traveler subcultures, including ocean sailing and 4WD desert tourism. While most of my research has been sociological, my work in history includes entries in the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia and Great Circle and for the book on the history of Fremantle, Voices from the West End .

Thus, I have worked extensively in tourism, which is inherently interdisciplinary, and within this ‘discipline’ area have worked closely with fellow researchers, including PhD students, in projects involving the natural environment, or nature based tourism, including wildlife tourism.  Some of my theoretical work has involved tourism ethics and issues of sustainability, in many of its guises.

As a Foundation staff member, I taught for most of my career at Murdoch University, an institution based around teaching courses and flexibility of structures that involve, at the least, multi-disciplinary perspectives.  This focus and mission of Murdoch is what attracted me in the first place and held me as a staff member for 37 years.  I now hold an Emeritus position.

Research areas

Sociology of sub-cultures

Sociology of leisure, including leisure sub-cultures

Tourism ethics

Travellers and motivations for travel, including marine and desert travel

Risk recreation and challenge tourism/leisure, including offshore sailing and desert travel.

Tourism and communities

Protected areas, tourism and tourism impacts, including events.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Research students completed or in good standing 2012.

Doctoral Candidate completions.

Leah Burns. 2009. Lines in the Sand:  An Anthropological Discourse on Wildlife Tourism

Joanna Fountain. 2002. Behind the brochures: The (re)construction of touristic place images in Akaroa, New Zealand

Kandy James. 2000. I just gotta have my own space!: The role of place and audience in the recreational choices made by adolescent girls in Western Australia.

Gayle Jennings. 1999.  Voyages from the centre to the margins: An ethnography of long term ocean cruisers.

Li, Fung Mei Sarah. 2005. Chinese Common Knowledge, Tourism and Natural Landscapes. 有有有有 ‘Bie you tian di’  ’Gazing on an Altogether Different World’

David Maguire. 2012. Chaos and Order: Tourism and the Media in Global Crises

Jeremy Northcote. 2001. The Paranormal and the politics of truth: a discursive perspective

David Palmer. 1999. Spurning, yearning and learning Aboriginality: Ambivalence in shaping the lives of non-Aboriginal Australians

Dale Sanders. 2005. From Colonial Outpost to Popular Tourism Destination: an Historical Geography of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Region, Western Australia

Shona Thompson. 1994. Servicing sport: The incorporation of women’s labour for the maintenance and reproduction of a social institution

Sarah Veitch. 2012 Tourism as rationale and the resident-tourism relationship as democratic practice: the politics of tourism in the city of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Agathe Wegner. 2007.  Relationships with many facets: Unpacking the interactions between protected area managers and commercial tour operators.

Klaus Westerhausen. 1997. Western travellers in Asia. A mobile subculture in search of a home

MPhil Candidate completion

David Palmer. 1995. (MPhill)  From Kaat Wara to Moorditjnyidiyang: Youth work, change and the constitution of the Wadjela Self

Current Doctoral Candidates – working titles

Sharee Bauld.  Tourism Development and Aid Practice in Developing Countries

Julie Byrne. Identity, Politics and Tourism on Rapa Nui

Stephanie Chok. Labour (in)Justice and Political Responsibility: The Normalized Exploitation of Low-waged Migrant Workers in Singapore

Honours Candidates

Shannon Hassell. 2012. The camping experience in Western Australian national parks: Exploring the relationships between people and the natural environment

Megan Le Clus. 1999. Rethinking ecotourism: authenticity and postmodernism

Ian Melville. 1983. Conflict and Crisis in the Prison System: A view from the inside.

Patrick Smythe. 1987. Work Release in Western Australia: a Sociological Analysis.

Matt Ricci. 2006. Campgrounds and Birds: Impacts of design on bird populations in Western Australian Jarrah Forest

Katie Roe. 2004. Shedding some light on Brothel Tourism

Valerie Warren. 1994. Young Women at Leisure: Ideology and Empowerment

Publications

Chapters

  • Kearns, B., Macbeth, J., Selwood, J., (2012),From meeting place to eating place: Tourism goes public in the West End of Fremantle,In: Voices from the West End, Western Australian Museum, pages 250 to 283.
  • Wegner, A., Macbeth, J., (2011),How the Use of Power Impacts on the Relationship between Protected Area Managers and Tour Operators,In: Stories of Practice: Tourism Policy and Planning, Ashgate Publishing Limited, pages 295 to 309.
  • Macbeth, J., Narayanan, Y., (2010),Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Tourism: The Global Gypsies Approach,In: Making Ecopreneurs: Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Gower, pages 239 to 251.
  • Westerhausen, K., Macbeth, J., (2005),Facilitating Work and Play among Backpackers in the Great Southern, Western Australia,In: Regional tourism cases. Innovation in regional tourism, Common Ground Publishing, pages 103 to 109.
  • Carson, D., Macbeth, J., (2005),History Matters: Setting the Scene,In: Regional tourism cases. Innovation in regional tourism, Common Ground Publishing, pages 1 to 7.
  • Hughes, M., Macbeth, J., (2005),The Woodland and the Wheatbelt: Tourism partners in Dryandra Country.,In: Regional tourism cases: Innovation in regional tourism., Common Ground Publishing, pages 77 to 90.
  • Hughes, M., Macbeth, J., (2005),The Woodland and the Wheatbelt: Tourism Partners in Dryandra Country,In: Regional tourism cases. Innovation in regional tourism, Common Ground Publishing, pages 77 to 90.
  • Macbeth, J., Carson, D., (2005),Regional Tourism Systems and the Implications of Innovative Behaviour,In: Regional tourism cases. Innovation in regional tourism, Common Ground Publishing, pages 137 to 142.
  • Macbeth, J., (1997),Planning in Action: A Report and Reflections on Sustainable Tourism in the ex-Shire of Omeo,In: Tourism Planning and Policy in Australia and New Zealand: Cases, Issues and Practice, Irwin, pages 145 to 152.

Journals

  • Jones, C., Newsome, D., Macbeth, J., (2016), Governance and environmental implications of motorised events: insights from Australia and avenues for further inquiry, Current Issues in Tourism, 19, 7, .
  • Jones, C., Newsome, D., Macbeth, J., (2016), Understanding the conflicting values associated with motorised recreation in protected areas, Biodiversity and Conservation, 45, 3, pages 323 - 330.
  • Hassell, S., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2015), Exploring the motivations, experiences and meanings of camping in national parks, Leisure Sciences, 37, 3, pages 269 - 287.
  • Jones, C., Newsome, D., Macbeth, J., (2013), Governance and environmental implications of motorised events: insights from Australia and avenues for further inquiry, Current Issues in Tourism, , , pages -.
  • Macbeth, J., Selwood, J., Veitch, S., (2012), Paradigm Shift or a Drop in the Ocean? The America's Cup Impact on Fremantle, Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 14, 1, pages 162 - 182.
  • Burns, G., Macbeth, J., Moore, S., (2011), Should dingoes die? Principles for engaging ecocentric ethics in wildlife tourism management, Journal of Ecotourism, 10, 3, pages 179 - 196.
  • Broderick, M., Cypher, M., Macbeth, J., (2009), Critical Masses: Augmented Virtual Experiences and the Xenoplastic at Australia's Cold War and Nuclear Heritage Sites, Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, 5, 2, pages 323 - 343.
  • Narayanan, Y., Macbeth, J., (2009), Deep in the desert: merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism (Au fin fond du desert: Comment le tourisme en 4/4 fusionne le desert et le spirituel), Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 11, 3, pages 369 - 389.
  • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2008), Threshold of tolerability: the impact of management changes to recreational fishing in Ningaloo Marine Park, Pacific Tourism Review, 63, 1, pages 28 - 35.
  • Chok, S., Macbeth, J., Warren, C., (2007), Tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation: A critical analysis of 'pro-poor tourism' and implications for sustainability, Current Issues in Tourism, 10, 2-3, pages 144 - 165.
  • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2006), Conceptualising yield: sustainable tourism management, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 33, 1, pages 199 - 220.
  • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2006), Conceptualising yield. Sustainable tourism management, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 33, 1, pages 199 - 220.
  • Randall, M., Macbeth, J., Newsome, D., (2006), Investigating the impacts of off-road vehicle activity in Broome, North-Western Australia: A preliminary appraisal, Annals of Leisure Research, 9, 1-Feb, pages 17 - 42.
  • Hughes, M., Newsome, D., Macbeth, J., (2005), Case study: visitor perceptions of captive wildlife tourism in a Western Australian natural setting., Journal of Ecotourism, 4, 2, pages 73 - 91.
  • Hughes, M., Macbeth, J., (2005), Can a niche-market captive-wildlife facility place a low-profile region on the tourism map? An example from Western Australia, Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 7, 4, pages 424 - 443.
  • Hughes, M., Newsome, D., Macbeth, J., (2005), Case study: Visitor perceptions of captive wildlife tourism in a western Australian natural setting, Journal of Ecotourism, 4, 2, pages 73 - 91.
  • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2005), Limitations of resident perception surveys for understanding social impacts. The need for triangulation, Tourism and Recreation Research, 30, 2, pages 43 - 54.
  • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2005), Limitations of resident perception surveys for understanding tourism social impacts. The need for triangulation, Tourism and Recreation Research, 30, 2, pages 43 - 54.
  • Hughes, M., Macbeth, J., (2005), Can a niche market captive wildlife facility place a low profile region on the tourism map?, Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 7, 4, pages 424 - 443.
  • Macbeth, J., (2005), Towards an ethics platform for Tourism, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 32, 4, pages 962 - 984.
  • Wegner, A., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2004), Building better collaborative management between protected area managers and the tourism industry, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 11, 2, pages 123 - 127.
  • Macbeth, J., Carson, D., Northcote, J., (2004), Social capital, tourism and regional development: SPCC as a basis for innovation and sustainability, Current Issues in Tourism, 7, 6, pages 502 - 522.
  • Westerhausen, K., Macbeth, J., (2003), Backpackers and empowered local communities: natural allies in the struggle for sustainability and local control?, Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 5, 1, pages 71 - 86.
  • Macbeth, J., (2000), Utopian Tourists - Cruising is not just about Sailing, Current Issues in Tourism, 3, 1, pages 20 - 34.
  • Macbeth, J., (1999), Resplendent Sites, Discordant Voices, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 26, 1, pages 240 - 242.
  • Macbeth, J., (1997), Dissonance and Paradox in tourism planning -- people first?, ANZALS, 3, , pages 2 - 18.

Conference

  • Northcote, J., Scherrer, P., Macbeth, J., (2010),Assessing sustainable visitor capacity for small island destinations: the case of Rottnest Island, Australia,In: International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates & Challenges (2010).
  • Burns, G., Macbeth, J., Moore, S., (2010),Sustaining What?: The Ethics of Managing Wildlife-tourism Interactions,In: 20th Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference (2010).
  • Moore, S., Wegner, A., Lee, D., Weiler, B., Laing, J., Lockwood, M., Croy, G., Macbeth, J., (2009),Protected area - Tourism partnerships: What makes them tick?,In: Australian Protected Area Congress: Protected Areas in the Century of Change.
  • Wegner, A., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2007),Overcoming challenges in collaboration between managers and tour operators,In: 15th National Ecotourism Australia Conference (2007).
  • Wegner, A., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2007),Bridging the gap of understanding between managers and operators in protected areas,In: 17th Council of Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference (2007).
  • Wegner, A., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2006),Let's work together: Protected area managers and tour operators.,In: 16th Council of Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference (2006).
  • Wegner, A., Macbeth, J., Moore, S., (2006),The challenge of moving beyond differences in protected areas,In: 16th Council of Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference (2006).
  • Wegner, A., Moore, S., Macbeth, J., (2004),Cultural nuances and the balance of power: Unpacking the relationships between protected area managers and tour operators in Western Australia,In: 11th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) (2005).