Meet The Taste Makers: Professor Michael C. Hall

peachThe 2013 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit is fast approaching!A� Entitled ?Delicious Destinations: Putting Local Food On The Map’,A�this years’ summit has us taking over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in partnership with TIAO.

We’ve lined up a roster of culinary tourism super stars to share their wealth of experience and knowledge.A� Over the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling these taste makers–plus their successes, lessons and best practices.A� So without further ado, meet out first taste maker!

Professor Michael C. Hall

Professor Hall is currently a Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; a Docent in the Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; and in recent years has been a visiting professor at several institutions including Linneas University, Kalmar and Lund Campus Helsingborg, Sweden; the University of Eastern Finland in Savonlinna; Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, and Southern Cross University in Australia. His PhD was from the University of Western Australia and his masters from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

He has published widely on tourism related issues but also writes on issues relating to environmental history, environmental change, regional studies, and gastronomy. He has written or edited over 60 books with translations in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish as well as over 400 journal articles and book chapters. Some of his most recent books include Tourism and Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (with Daniel Scott and Stefan GA�ssling, Routledge, 2012); Fieldwork in Tourism: Methods, Issues and Reflections (Routledge, 2011); and Polar Tourism and Change: Climate, environments and experiences (edited with Jarkko Saarinen; Routledge, 2010).A� Current research primarily focuses on second homes and multiple dwelling, tourism and climate change, food tourism, biodiversity conservation and wilderness tourism, tourism politics and power, and the development of steady-state approaches to tourism. In 2011 he lost his house in the Christchurch earthquakes and has since started studying the relationships between tourism and loss of senses of place and belonging following environmental change.

“…there needs to be a reduction in how far and how fast people travel � what we could refer to as the condition of hyper-mobility � as that is where many of the problems of sustainability in tourism lie.” —Michael C. Hall, from an interview with


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