ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Rosemary Black

Associate Professor Rosemary Black

Associate Professor Rosemary Black's areas of expertise are in the fields of ecotourism, sustainability, sustainable behaviours, tour guiding and environmental communication. This expertise has been developed over the past 40 years through both industry experience and research. Her current research interests and work are in tour guiding, community-based tourism and sustainable behaviours. She has published over 50 refereed publications including 25 refereed journal articles and conference papers, 16 refereed book chapters and 6 books. Her publications have been in a wide range of international refereed journals. She has been the Senior Editor for three books. Her most recent co-authored book is titled "Tour Guiding Research: Insights, Issues and Implications" by Channel View Publications. She has been successful in gaining over $500,000 in research and consultancy funding. Rosemary holds a Ministerial appointment with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Ranges Advisory Committee and is an invited member of Parks Victoria Science and Management Effectiveness Committee. She is a member of two international tourism editorial boards.

Research Interests

  • Social dimensions in natural resource management, protected areas and tourism
  • Environmental education, heritage interpretation, tour guiding
  • Ecotourism and sustainable tourism
  • Sustainability and sustainable behaviours

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Geography, University College London, University of London, 1977 Graduate Diploma in Recreation, Preston Institute of Technology, 1978
Masters in Natural Resources, University of New England, 1999
Ph.D Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, 2002

Memberships of Advisory Boards and Panels

A/Prof Rosemary Black has a Ministerial appointment on the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Southern Ranges Regional Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors Global Sustainable Tourism Council; Interpretation Australia representative on Guiding Organisations of Australia (GOA); and a member of the IUCN Commission on Protected Areas Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group.

Editorial Boards

A/Prof Rosemary Black is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecotourism and the Journal of Interpretation Research.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Tenzing, K., Millar, J., Black, R. (2018) Exploring governance of high altitude rangeland in Bhutan using Ostrom’s Design Principles. International Journal of the Commons 12: 428-459  DOI: 10.18352/ijc.828

Cobbinah, P.B., Amenuvor, D., Black, R., & Pepraj, C. (2017) Ecotourism in the Kakum Conservation Area, Ghana: Local politics, practice and outcome.  Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

Namgay, K., Millar, J. & Black, R. (2017) Dynamics of grazing rights and their impact on migrating cattle herders in Bhutan. The Rangeland Journal. 

Black, R., & Cobbinah, P. B. (2016) Local attitudes towards tourism and conservation in rural Botswana and Rwanda. Journal of Ecotourism, 1-27.

Weiler, B., & Black, R. (2015) The changing face of the tour guide: one-way communicator to choreographer to co-creator of the tourist experience, Tourism Recreation Research, Vol. 40, Iss. 3,

Cobbinah, P.B., Black, R. & Thwaites, R. (2015) Ecotourism implementation in the Kakum Conservation Area, Ghana: administrative framework and local community experiences, Journal of Ecotourism,

Cobbinah, P.B., Black, R., & Thwaites, R. (2015) Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in rural Ghana: Impacts and coping strategies.Environmental Development

Namgay, K., Millar, J. Black, R. S., Samdup, T. (2013) Transhumant agro-pastoralism in Bhutan: Exploring contemporary practices and socio-cultural traditions. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice, 3 (1) :13

Black, R. S. (2013) Delivering formal outdoor learning in protected areas: A case study of Scottish Natural Heritage National Nature Reserves. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 22 (1), pp.4-22.

Cobbinah, P.B., Black, R. & Thwaites, R. (2011) Reflections on Six Decades of the Concept of Development: Evaluation and Future Research. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa,13(7). pp.143-158.


Black, R. & Brickar, K.S. (2015) Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. Venture Publishing

Weiler, B. & Black, R. (2014) Tour Guiding Research: Insights, Issues and Implications, Channel View Publications

Bricker, K.S., Black, R. & Cottrell, S. (eds.) (2013) Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Massachusetts, USA

Book Chapters

Black, R. S. & Weiler, B. (2013) Current themes and issues in ecotour guiding in Ballantyne, R. & Packer, J. International Handbook on Ecotourism, pp. 336-350, Edward Elgar, Northhampton, MA.

Bricker, K. S.; Cottrell, S. & Black, R. (2012) An introduction to tourism and the millennium development goals in Bricker, K. S.; Black, R. and Cottrell, S. (2012) Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Change. Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

Black, R. S. (2012) Partnerships in practice: Ecotourism and sustainable tourism accreditation and certification programs in Bricker, K. S.; Black, R. and Cottrell, S. (2012) Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Change. Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

Black, R.S., Bricker, K.S. & Cottrell, S. (2013) Ecotourism and sustainable tourism: Transitioning into the new millennium with future opportunities and challenges in Bricker, K. S.; Black, R. and Cottrell, S. Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Change. Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

Technical Reports

Ollerton, J. & Black, R. (2017) Planning for Social Inclusion in Playspaces: An evaluation of Livvi's Place, Port Macquarie. ILWS Report 109

Black, R. (2015)  Social and impacts of tourist lodges on local communities: Case studies from Rwanda and Botswana. ILWS Report 82

Conference Papers

Tenzing, K., Millar, J. & Black, R. (2017) Conflicts and mediation in high altitude rangeland property rights in Bhutan. 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Study of the Commons, Utrecht, The Netherlands. July 10-15

Whitsed, R., Black, R., Knight, A., Harvey, R. (2017) Better rural city park planning to improve older people's health and well-being. Presented at the 2017 NSW Rural Health and Research Congress, Sept 27-29, Wagga Wagga (Won the ARHRC best rural publication/population health research presentation)

Current Projects

Better Parks for People, Whitsed, R., Black, R., & Harvey, R. (2016-2017) FACS NSW Liveable Communities, $62,727 Project details

Completed Projects

Evaluating social and economic outcomes of agricultural research and development. Millar, J & Black, R. (2014) ATSI Crawford Fund, $14,000

Understanding Thurgoona/Wirlinga Community Knowledge & Values of Biodiversity. Laird, S.G. & Black, R. (2012).  Albury Conservation Company.

Travel Patterns and Choices Among Staff and Students on Albury-Wodonga Campus. Laird, S.G. & Black, R (2012)

Facilitating energy saving behaviour among students living in halls of residences. Black, R., Davidson, P., & Neville, K. (2009-2011) CSU sustainability grant.

Implementing a social marketing energy saving program across student residences. Black, R., Davidson, P., Kelly, J., Bell, B. & Willsher, J.  (2010-2011) CSU sustainability grant.

Factors facilitating and inhibiting the use of research to inform interpretations practice in Australian protected area management agencies. Black, R., and Weiler, B. (Monash University) (2007-2009) CSU and Monash University.

Food waste prevention project.  Black, R., Davidson, P., Fuschen, E. (NEVR Waste) (2009) North East Victorian Regional Waste Management Group