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Wilkinson, Paul F
I would rather be Scuba-diving.
Areas of Academic Interest
- Resource and environmental management
- Recreation/tourism geography
- Recreation/tourism planning and management
- Parks and protected area management
I joined FES in 1973, a year before I finished my PhD. Both at York University for my BA and at the University of Toronto for my MA and PhD, I was able to take advantage of both a strong disciplinary base in geography and an interdisciplinary perspective, particularly in what was then termed the Institute for Environmental Studies at Toronto. When the opportunity to apply for a position in FES came up, I jumped at the chance to work in an interdisciplinary, innovative program. Over the past years, I have enjoyed working with both faculty members and students from a wide variety of backgrounds who bring different experiences and perspectives.
Major research projects
- Tourism policy and planning in small islands
- The ecological integrity of Canada's national parks
- Member, Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks, 1998-2000
- Visiting Researcher, Centre International de Recherche et d'Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2001-2002
Select prizes and awards
- J. B. Harkin Conservation Award, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, 2010
2011. (Forthcoming) “The Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks: Ten years later,” Special Issue on “Issues Confronting the Management of the World’s National Parks,” Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies.
2009. (With C. Weiner and M. Needham) “Hawaii’s real life marine park: Interpretation and impacts of commercial marine tourism in the Hawaiian Islands,” Current Issues in Tourism, 12, 5-6, 489-504.
2009. “Predictions, past and present: World and Caribbean tourism,” Special Edition on “Futures of Tourism,” Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, 41, 377-386.
2006. “Caribbean cruise tourism: delusion? illusion?” In C. Jayawardena (ed.), Caribbean Tourism: People, Service, Hospitality. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 58-78.
2003. “Ecological integrity, visitor use, and marketing of Canada’s national parks,” Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 21, 2, 63-83.
2004. “Caribbean tourism policy and planning.” In D. Duval (ed.), Island Tourism: Trends, Development, Prospects. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 81-98.
2000. (With the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks) Unimpaired for Future Generations?: Maintaining Ecological Integrity with Canada’s National Parks – Volume I: A Call to Action. Ottawa: Ministry of Canadian Heritage.
2000. (With the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks) Unimpaired for Future Generations?: Maintaining Ecological Integrity with Canada’s National Parks – Volume II: Setting a New Direction for Canada’s National Parks. Ottawa: Ministry of Canadian Heritage.
1997. Tourism Policy and Planning: Case Studies from the Commonwealth Caribbean. Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications Corporation.