Pat Maher

Pat Maher, Cape Breton University

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Pat Maher is an Associate Professor of Community Studies and Outdoor Leadership at Cape Breton University.  As a Commonwealth Scholar, he completed doctoral research in the Ross Sea region, supported by Antarctic New Zealand. He has also worked in the Antarctic Peninsula as a faculty member for two expeditions run by Students on Ice.

Pat has edited three books related to the Antarctic, with several HASSEG colleagues: Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability? (2010, Earthscan), Polar Tourism: Human, Environmental and Governance Dimensions (2011, Cognizant), and Antarctic Futures: Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment (2014, Springer). In addition, Pat has also guest edited, again with HASSEG colleagues, special issues of Tourism in Marine Environments (2007) and Polar Research (2012)

He is currently chair of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN; 2016-2018), having been an active member of its steering committee since 2008, as well as lead of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.

  • Research Interests
    • Sustainable Tourism
    • Tourism-Science Interface
    • Parks and Protected Areas
    • Tourist Experience
    • Environmental Management in Remote Regions
    • Antarctic-Arctic Comparative Research
Keywords:  Tourism, Recreation, Environmental Management, Values of Place, Arctic Connections  


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