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Summer Scholarship available at the University of Canterbury: Environmental and Social Reporting in the Global Cruiseship Industry

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  • Michael Hall
    A UC Summer Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to work on a supervised research project for 400 hours (approximately 10 weeks) over
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2013
      A UC Summer Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to work on a supervised research project for 400 hours (approximately 10 weeks) over the summer period (November 2013 – February 2014), to complete a short research skills programme (November 2013) and to give a presentation at the Summer Research Scholarship Feedback Day (February 2014).

      Deadline for Applications: Monday 9th September

      For further details: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/postgrad/summerschol.shtml


      To be eligible for a Summer Research Scholarship, you must:

      • have completed, by November 2013, at least three full-time equivalent (FTE) years of an undergraduate degree
      • have a minimum B+ average grade (GPA of 6 or above) in the last full year of study (2012):
        • some projects have additional requirements (e.g., completion of specific courses) which are detailed in the project advertisements. If you are not sure about your eligibility for a specific project please consult the project leader before applying for the scholarship
      • if you are an international student you must have a valid student visa prior to applying for a summer research scholarship. You cannot use application for this scholarship to apply for a student visa

      You are NOT eligible for Summer Research Scholarships if

      • you have previously had a UC Summer Scholarship
      • you are working (part-time or full-time) over the summer period, either in the University or outside.
      • you will be enrolled in a course for credit over the summer period. This includes enrolment in a summer school course or in PhD or Master’s thesis.

      Project Title:Sailing into Stormy Seas?: Environmental and Social Reporting in the Global Cruiseship Industry

      Cruise tourism accounts for about two percent of total world tourism. However, it is a high yield growing segment of the market that is of increasing importance to many coastal destinations, including in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The global cruise sector has grown rapidly since the 1970s, from an estimated 600,000 to an estimated 16.4 million passengers in 2011. Annual passenger growth has averaged 7.5% per year between 1980-2011, with almost 73% of all passengers in 2010 being sourced from North America. This share is constantly declining, however, as cruises become increasingly popular around the world. The Cruise Line Industry Association reports an average length of cruises of 7+ days. There has also been growth in the capacity of cruise ships, and in 2012, a total of 14 ships with 17,984 beds were introduced. By 2015, another 25 ships are anticipated to join the global cruise fleet, representing an investment of U$10 billion.


      While growth in cruise tourism in New Zealand and the Pacific makes this sector increasingly important from an economic viewpoint, generating income and employment, questions are increasingly raised regarding its profitability, distribution of benefits, impacts on other tourism segments, as well as its contribution to touristic value chains. There are also serious questions regarding the sector’s environmental impacts, including biosecurity risks, pollution and emissions, and social conflicts regarding the development of new ports or large visitor numbers concentrated in time and space, which have caused many debates about the desirability of cruise tourism in some destinations. Yet despite such concern there has been little systematic analysis of the social and environmental reporting of cruiselines. The research will systematically analyse the public reporting of cruiselines of their environmental and social performance via content and thematic analysis as well as the information provided to customers in their promotional material, including the availability of carbon offsetting. This will help highlight variability of reporting within the industry as well as identify differences in what cruiselines highlight as significant environmental and social issues and what has been identified in the wider literature. Data available in the reports will also be used to help identify how cruiselines can improve their environmental performance in different jurisdictions. Data generated from the research will also be utilised in a comparative context with research on cruising in the Antarctic, Arctic and the Nordic countries so as to build a better understanding of the role of regulatory frameworks on environmental reporting.

      Professor C. Michael Hall, PhD.
      Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand 8140

      e-mail: michael.hall@...
      Department: +64 3 364 2606

      Homestead Lane, Block K, Flat 155: Room 1

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      • Co-editor, Current Issues in Tourism: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/13683500.asp
      • Book Review Editor, Journal of Sustainable Tourism: www.tandfonline.com/JOST
      • Associate Editor for Asia and the Pacific, Tourism Geographies: http://www.geog.nau.edu/tg/ ; http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rtxg
      • Editor, Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility book series: http://www.routledge.com/
      • Co-editor, Aspects of Tourism book series: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
      • Co-editor, Routledge Critical Studies in Tourism, Business and Management: http://www.routledge.com/
      • Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland www.oulu.fi/geography/
      • Visiting Professor, Linnaeus University School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden http://www.bbs.hik.se/eng/
      • Senior Research Fellow, School of Tourism & Hospitality, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg

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