Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Harold Richins

Harold Richins

Harold Richins

Name: Professor Harold Richins
Position: Dean
Phone: 250-852-7138


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Richins Bio Dr. Richins is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism at Thompson Rivers University
in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from James Cook University in Australia and B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of
Oregon. Dr. Richins has previously served as Chair of the Graduate Program within the School of Travel Industry Management at
University of Hawaii. He also held academic leadership positions for over 15 years in Australia and New Zealand including Waikato
University, University of Newcastle and University of the Sunshine Coast. He was also Professor and Chair of the Resort Management
program at Sierra Nevada College in Nevada, USA. Dr Richins has significant management background with larger corporations
including Nike and Tektronix as well as within retail management and the tourism industry. This has included the development and
ownership of a special interest tourism enterprise (Island Adventures) with a focus on marine and yachting tourism, the co-founding of
a consulting company (Sierra Research Associates) working with the mountain resort industry and consulting for tourism enterprise
startups. Dr. Richins has also served on numerous community, environmental and tourism boards and has published widely with over
130 academic and professional research publications and projects in areas of tourism, hospitality and leisure, and related areas of
marketing, education, entrepreneurship, community and destination development and sustainable management.


Educational background:
PhD with a focus on decision-making, behavioral influence and management particularly within a tourism development and resort
destination context from James Cook University, Australia. Masters degree in business from University of Oregon, USA with
marketing major, resort marketing and entrepreneurship emphasis. Bachelors degree in business from University of Oregon, USA
with marketing major.


Summary of research publications, professional projects and seminars:
Over 150 academic and professional research publications and projects in areas of tourism, hospitality and leisure, and related areas of
marketing, education, entrepreneurship, community development and sustainable management. This includes over 60 refereed journal
papers, book chapters, edited publications and refereed conference publications. Have been directly involved in over 130 conference,
workshop and symposium contributions of which over 95 papers have been presented. Have also conducted numerous consultancies,
grants and projects in related areas of tourism and hospitality marketing, special interest tourism management (mountain tourism,
ecotourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism, sport tourism), sustainable tourism, tourism decision making, community and
destination development and small business.
Selection of recent publications:
Richins, H., Hall, J., and Scherf, K. Mountain Tourism Experiences, Communities, Environments and Sustainable Futures. Edited
book contract to be published in late 2014/early 2015. Cabi Publishers.
Rowell, S., and Richins, H. (2013) Tourism Industry Responses To Climate Change In Hawaii: An Exploratory Analysis Of Knowledge
And Responses. In Reddy, V. and Wilkes, K. Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability. Routledge
Richins, H. and Riley, C. (2013) Reported use of International Visa???s for Employment by Mountain Resorts 2013, SRA. Truckee, CA
Richins, H. and Riley, C. (2012) National Wage and Salary Survey of Mountain Resorts 2012. NSAA. Denver.
Richins, H. and Riley, C. (2012) Prevailing Wage Analysis Of US Mountain Resorts 2012: Colorado Resorts. SRA. Truckee, CA
Laws, E., Richins, H., Agrusa, J., and Scott, N. (2011) Tourist Destination Governance: Practice, Theory and Issues. Cabi Publishers
Richins, H., Agrusa, J., Scott, N., Laws, E. (2011) Destination Governance Challenges and Concerns: Questions of Development,
Community Involvement, Responsiveness and Future Outcomes. In: Laws, E., Agrusa, J., Richins, H., and Scott, N. Tourist
Destination Governance: Practice, Theory and Issues, Cabi Publishers
Ananayo, J. & Richins, H. (2010). Village Culture and Community Based World Heritage Management: A Case Study of the Ifugao
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. Asia Pacific Tourism Research Conference publication, Macao, China
Richins, H. & Riley, C. (2010) National Ski Areas Association Results of the National Salary Survey. NSAA. Denver.
Cox LJ, Saucier M, Cusick M, Richins H, McClure B. (2009) Achieving Sustainable Tourism In Hawaii Using A Sustainability
Evaluation System. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii Press.
Richins, H. (2009) Connecting Tourism and Lifestyle in a Community: The Noosa Sustainable Tourism Strategy. In edited book:
Dowling, R. and Pforr, C. Coastal Tourism Development: Planning & Management Issues.
Richins, H. & Scarinci, J. (2009) TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism. Climate Change and
Sustainable Practices: A Case Study of the Resort Industry in Florida.
Richins, H and Mayes, G. (2009) Influences on Tourism Development Decision-making in Local Government Areas: Two Coastal
Communities in Australia. In edited book: Dowling, R. and Pforr, C. Coastal Tourism Development: Planning & Management
Richins, H. & Riley, C. (2009). Vermont Ski Areas Association Wage and Salary Analysis, 2009. SRA. Truckee, CA.
Richins, H. (2009). Environment, Development and Sustainability A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of
Sustainable Development. Environment, Development and Sustainability. Vol. 11 No 4, pp. 271-282.

Employment History

Background in academic leadership, administration and development:
Extensive leadership in diverse educational institutions. Substantial experience in college/university administration, coordination,
management and teaching experience at eight institutions in four countries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA). This has
included successful academic strategic planning, program development, administrative management, curriculum, coordination and
community engagement roles in areas of tourism, resort and hospitality management and sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Active development and management background in professional areas:
Seven years management experience with major corporations in various functions including Tektronix, Inc. and Nike, Inc.
Eight years experience in developing, consulting, marketing, operating and managing businesses, including five years in the
development, ownership, management and marketing of a small business enterprise with a focus on yachting holidays, special interest
lodging and recreation and adventure activities to resort destinations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific regions: Island
Adventures Holidays. Currently conduct consulting work in ski and mountain resort management.

Professional Affiliations

Membership Experiences Of Professional Associations And Boards:
Foundation President, Council of Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Educators (CAUTHE) which is the major academic
research body in tourism and hospitality research in Australia (I also served as Treasurer). I was involved as a University
Representative since its foundation.
Elected and served as New Zealand Country Representative and Canadian Country Representative for major Pacific Rim-international
university academic research association: Asia Pacific Tourism Research Association which is based in Pusan, Korea and has
representation from throughout Asia, Western America, Australia and New Zealand universities.
Elected and served on Ecotourism Association of Australia (Executive Committee). Appointed as Public Officer, Ecotourism
Association of Australia.
Member of Advisory Committee,
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Authority
Member of Board, Noosa Community
Tourism Board
Member of Board, Caloundra City
Interim Tourism Task Force
Member of Board, Tourism Sunshine
Foundation President and Chairperson,
Eco-Network Port Stephens Inc.
Foundation Newsletter Editor,
Ecotourism Association of Australia for
four years.
Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of
Tourism Research.
Editorial Board, Journal of Tourism
Editorial Board, The Services Industries
Tourism and NSW Editor, Editorial
Board, Leisure Options: Aust. Journal of
Leisure and Recreation.
Development Editor and Editorial
Adviser for: New Traveller, Global
Exchange Pty Ltd., Australia.
Member, National Ski Areas Association
Member, Innovation, Community and
Education Group
Member, Ecotourism Association of
Australia ??? Ecotourism Australia
Member, Australian Wildlife Tourism
Action Group
Member of Sunshine Coast Tourism
Cluster as part Sunshine Coast
Economic Development Board
Member, Tilligerry Ecotourism Habitat
Task Force
Member, Point Stephens Lighthouse
Member, International Ecotourism
Member, Port Stephens Wildlife
Consultant and Director: Big Cat South
Annals of Tourism Research
Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism
Current Issues in Tourism
International Journal of Tourism
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism
Journal of Services Management
Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Journal of Tourism Studies
Leisure Options
The Services Industries Journal
Tourism Management