The University of Canterbury Research Medals are presented to university researchers whose work has been recognised as world class in their respective disciplines.
The 2014 recipient is Professor Michael Hall, a leading international sustainability and tourism researcher.
Professor Hall is highly regarded and admired by key figures in his area of study. His research in spatially-integrated tourism management, environmental change and planning has broken new ground.
The significance of his research is attested by the fact he is the most frequently cited tourism scholar in the world. At the end of last year he had been cited more than 20,400 times. He has published 34 authored and 35 edited books and has published 165 refereed journal articles and 319 book chapters.
He also has honorary doctorates in science from the University of Oulu, Finland, and in the arts from Umeå University, Sweden.
In 2009, he was the recipient of the leading international publisher Elsevier ScienceDirect's For Great Thinking award for the arts, humanities and social sciences which was judged from researchers throughout the world.
Since his earliest publications Michael has been at the forefront of advancing the field. In particular he has had a significant impact on the thinking around tourism policy, regional development, event marketing and management, food and wine tourism, biosecurity and issues surrounding environmental change.
Professor Hall has longstanding teaching, publication and research interests in tourism, regional development and social or green marketing with particular emphasis on issues of place branding and marketing as well as conservation and environmental change, event management and marketing, World Heritage, second homes, and the use of tourism as an economic development and conservation mechanism.
Professor Hall's Staff profile (Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship website)
Professor Hall's Research profile (UC SPARK website)