Inspired by his work in developing nations, Phil critically interprets dominant Western environmental ethics and management practices in ecotourism, adventure travel, and outdoor recreation. He strives to understand how travel activities a) mediate cross-cultural and environmental learning, and b) influence socio-environmental sustainability and self-determination of communities. Currently, he is investigating if and how senses of place and movement develop through canoe tripping. He is interested in skill as a way of learning, understanding, and teaching about landscapes, environments, and communities.
Supervises in MA NRES Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism; MSc NRES Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism; MNRES