Professor

Individual Research Interests

community-based ecotourism; learning in social movements; marine ecotourism, learning and conservation; environmental adult education; transformative learning; arts-based environmental adult education; green learning cities; study of ordinary landscapes; gender and development; informal learning; public pedagogy; heritage tourism and living history; Latin American Studies; Southeast Asian Studies

Bio

in progress….

Recent publications 

1.     Walter, P. (2017). Culinary tourism as living history: staging, tourist performance and perceptions of authenticity in a Thai cooking schoolJournal of Heritage Tourism, 12(4), 365-379.

2.     Walter, P. & Earl, A. (2017) Public pedagogies of arts-based environmental learning and education for adultsEuropean Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 8(1), 145-163.

3.     Regmi, K. & Walter, P (2016). Modernisation theory, ecotourism policy, and sustainable development for poor countries of the Global South: Perspectives from Nepal. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology24(1), 1-14.

4.     Regmi, K. & Walter, P. (2016). Conceptualizing host learning in community-based ecotourism homestaysJournal of Ecotourism 15(1), 51-63.

5.     Walter, P. (2016). Catalysts for transformative learning in community-based ecotourismCurrent Issues in Tourism, 19 (13), 1356-1371. 

6.     Walter, P. (2016) Travelers’ experiences of authenticity in “hill tribe” tourism in northern ThailandTourist Studies, 16(2), 213-220.

7.     Shan, H. & Walter, P. (2015). Growing everyday multiculturalism: Practice-based learning of Chinese immigrants through community gardens in CanadaAdult Education Quarterly 65, 19-34.

8.     Tran, L.T. & Walter, P. (2014). Ecotourism, gender and development in northern VietnamAnnals of Tourism Research 44, 116-130.

 

Publications which seem to interest people most (based on citations)

  

Google Scholar Citations

  1. Reimer, J.K. & Walter, P. (2013). How do you know it when you see it? Community-based ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountains of southwestern CambodiaTourism Management 34, 122-132.
  2. Walter, P. (2009). Philosophies of adult environmental education. Adult Education Quarterly 60(1), 3-25. 
  3. Walter, P. (2007). Adult learning in New Social Movements: Environmental protest and the struggle for the Clayoquot Sound rainforestAdult Education Quarterly 57(3), 329-345. 
  4. Walter, P. (1999). Defining literacy and its consequences in the developing world. International Journal of Lifelong Education 18(1), 31-48.
  5. Walter, P. (2013). Theorising community gardens as pedagogical sites in the food movement. Environmental Education Research 19 (4) 521-539.
  6. Tran, L.T. & Walter, P. (2014). Ecotourism, gender and development in northern VietnamAnnals of Tourism Research 44, 116-130.
  7. Walter, P. (2003). Literacy, imagined nations and imperialism: Frontier College and the construction of British Canada, 1899-1933Adult Education Quarterly 54(1), 42-58.
  8. Walter, P. (2009). Local knowledge and adult learning in environmental adult education: community-based ecotourism in southern ThailandInternational Journal of Lifelong Education 28(4), 513-532.
  9. Walter, P. (2007). Activist forest monks, adult learning and the Buddhist environmental movement in ThailandInternational Journal of Lifelong Education 26(3), 248-269.
  10. Walter, P. (2013). Theorizing visitor learning in ecotourismJournal of Ecotourism 12(1), 15-32.

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Education

B.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Wisconsin, Madison)

Selected Publications

Ecotourism

Regmi, K. & Walter, P (2016). Modernisation theory, ecotourism policy, and sustainable development for poor countries of the Global South: Perspectives from Nepal. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504509.2016.1147502

Regmi, K. & Walter, P. (2016). Conceptualizing host learning in community-based ecotourism homestays. Journal of Ecotourism 15(1), 51-63. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14724049.2015.1118108

Walter, P. (2013). Theorizing visitor learning in ecotourism. Journal of Ecotourism 12(1), 15-32. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14724049.2012.742093

Walter, P. (2013). Catalysts for transformative learning in community-based ecotourism. Current Issues in Tourism. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13683500.2013.850063#.Un7kcCcUZ6g

Reimer, J.K. & Walter, P. (2013). How do you know it when you see it? Community-based ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountains of southwestern Cambodia, Tourism Management 34, 122-132. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261517712000659

Walter, P. & Reimer, J.K. (2011). The ‘ecotourism curriculum’ and visitor learning in community-based ecotourism: case studies from Thailand and Cambodia. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research 17(5), 551-561.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10941665.2011.627930

Walter, P. (2009). Local knowledge and adult learning in environmental adult education: community-based ecotourism in southern Thailand. International Journal of Lifelong Education 28(4), 513-532.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370903031363

Walter, P. (2009). Environmental learning and education in marine wildlife ecotourism. Journal of Adult Learning Aotearoa New Zealand 37(2), 72-89.

Walter, P. (2004). Tourism and forest management among the Hani in Xishuangbanna, China. In Dev Nathan, Govind Kelkar and Pierre Walter (eds.) Globalization and Indigenous Peoples in Asia: Changing the Local-Global Interface (pp. 207-224). New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/globalization-and-indigenous-peoples-in-asia/book227258

Cultural Tourism

Walter, P. (in press). Culinary tourism as living history: staging, tourist performance and perceptions of authenticity in a Thai cooking school. Journal of Heritage Tourismhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjht20/current

Walter, P. (2015) Travelers’ experiences of authenticity in “hill tribe” tourism in northern Thailand. Tourist Studieshttp://tou.sagepub.com/content/16/2/213

Gender & Development

Tran, L.T. & Walter, P. (2014). Ecotourism, gender and development in northern Vietnam. Annals of Tourism Research 44, 116-130. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160738313001266

Walter, P. (2011). Gender analysis in community-based ecotourism. Tourism Recreation Research 36(2), 159-168.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02508281.2011.11081316

Walter, P. (2005). Literacy practices in development: an ethnographic study of women in Northeastern Thailand. Studies in the Education of Adults 37(1), 63-77. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/niace/stea/2005/00000037/00000001/art00006

Walter, P. (2004). Through a gender lens: Explaining Northeastern Thai women’s participation in adult literacy education. International Journal of Lifelong Education 23(5), 423-441. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/026037042000293407

Kelkar, G., Nathan, D. & Walter, P. (Eds.) (2003). Patriarchy at Odds: Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia. New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/gender-relations-in-forest-societies-in-asia/book226115

Walter, P. & Wannitikul, G. (2002). Engendering economic valuation of tropical forests. Gender, Technology and Development 6(3), 339-353. http://gtd.sagepub.com/content/6/3/339.short

 

Adult Learning & Education in the Environmental Movement

Walter, P. (2013). Greening the Net Generation: Outdoor adult learning in the Digital Age. Adult Learning 24(4), 151-158. http://alx.sagepub.com/content/current

Walter, P. (2013). Dead wolves, dead birds and dead trees: Catalysts for transformative learning in the making of scientist-environmentalists. Adult Education Quarterly 63(1), 24-42. http://aeq.sagepub.com/content/63/1/24

Walter, P. (2013). Adult education and the environment. In Tom Nesbit, Susan Brigham, Tara Gibb & Nancy Taber (Eds.). Building on Critical Traditions: Adult Education and Learning in Canada (pp. 168-177). Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.  http://thompsonbooks.com/books/higher-education/building-critical-traditions.html

Walter, P. (2013). Theorising community gardens as pedagogical sites in the food movement. Environmental Education Research 19 (4) 521-539. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504622.2012.709824#.Uk8i71Oykr0

Walter, P. (2012). Educational alternatives in food production, knowledge and consumption: The public pedagogies of Growing Power and Tsyunhehkw^.  Australian Journal of Adult Learning (Special Issue: Food Pedagogies: Kitchens, Cookbooks, Films, Shops and Gardens52(3), 573-594. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=084763942268428;res=IELHSS

Walter, P. (2012). Cultural codes as catalysts for collective conscientisation in environmental adult education: Mr. Floatie, tree squatting and save-our-surfers. Australian Journal of Adult Learning 52(1), 114-134.  http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=424057402099126;res=IELHSS

Walter, P. (2009). Philosophies of adult environmental education. Adult Education Quarterly 60(1), 3-25.  http://aeq.sagepub.com/content/60/1/3.short?rss=1&ssource=mfc

Walter, P. (2007). Activist forest monks, adult learning and the Buddhist environmental movement in Thailand. International Journal of Lifelong Education 26(3), 248-269. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370701362333

Walter, P. (2007). Adult learning in New Social Movements: Environmental protest and the struggle for the Clayoquot Sound rainforest. Adult Education Quarterly 57(3), 329-345. http://aeq.sagepub.com/content/57/3/248.abstract

 

Comparative & International Education

Tran, L.T. & Walter, P. (2010). National unity and ethnic identity in a Vietnamese university. Comparative Education Review 54(4), 483-511. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/654831

Walter, P. (2002). Adult literacy education and development in Thailand: An historical analysis of policies and programs from the 1930s to the present. International Journal of Lifelong Education 21(2), 79-98.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370110111664

Walter, P. (2001). The restructuring of academia. Adult Education Quarterly 52(1), 70-77.  http://aeq.sagepub.com/content/52/1/70.extract

Walter, P. (1999). Defining literacy and its consequences in the developing world. International Journal of Lifelong Education 18(1), 31-48. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/026013799293937

 

Literacy and Language Education

Fleming, D. & Walter, P. (2004). Linking teacher professionalism and learner autonomy through experiential learning and task design. TESL Canada Journal 22, 58-72.

Walter, P. (2003). Literacy, imagined nations and imperialism: Frontier College and the construction of British Canada, 1899-1933. Adult Education Quarterly 54(1), 42-58. http://aeq.sagepub.com/content/54/1/42.refs

Walter, P. (2003). Adult literacy education on the Canadian frontier. Adult Basic Education 13(1), 3-18. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9537397/adult-literacy-education-canadian-frontier

Champagne, M. F., Clayton, T., Dimmitt, N., Laszewski, M., Savage, W., Shaw, J., Thien, M. & Walter, P. (2001). The assessment of learner autonomy and language learning. The AILA Review, 15, 45-55.

Walter, P. (2000). Evaluating language acquisition and learner autonomy in an Asian EAP program. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching 10, 137-148.

Walter, P. (1998). Southeast Asian refugees’ strategies for meeting literacy demands: An exploratory study. Adult Basic Education 8(3), pp. 123-138.

Walter, P. (1998). Experiential learning in language education: Suggestions for practice. Prospects: A Journal of Australian TESOL 13(1), 53-67.

 

BOOKS

 

Nathan, D., Kelkar, G. & Walter, P. (Eds.) (2004). Globalization and Indigenous Peoples in Asia: Changing the Local-Global Interface. New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/globalization-and-indigenous-peoples-in-asia/book227258

Kelkar, G., Nathan, D. & Walter, P. (Eds.) (2003). Patriarchy at Odds: Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia. New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/gender-relations-in-forest-societies-in-asia/book226115

Major Research Projects & Grants

Experiential and Transformative Learning in Community-based Ecotourism (2014-18). Standard Research Grant. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Role: Principal Investigator.

Adult Learning and Teaching in Community-based Ecotourism (2010-13). Standard Research Grant. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). PI

Literacy and the Making of a National Identity: Working Men’s Education on the Canadian Frontier, 1899-1954 (2002-05). Standard Research Grant. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). PI

Transition to the New Economy: North Island-UBC Collaborative Learning, Research and Innovation Network (2002-03). Development Grant. Initiative on the New Economy, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). PI

Smaller Research Projects & Grants

Community Gardens as Thirdspace: Informal Learning and the Performance of Everyday Practices in Multicultural Spaces (2013-14). Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Seed Grant. PI. CI: Hongxia Shan.

Environmental Learning and Ecotourism in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve (2009-10). HSS Seed Grant. PI

Adult Learning in the Buddhist Environmental Movement in Thailand (2007-08). Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Large Grant. PI

Counter-narratives of Imagined National Identity: Labourer-Teachers’ Constructions of Citizenship in Frontier College, 1902-1933 (2006-07). VP-Research SSHRC Bridging Grant. PI

Students Supervised

Jenalee Kluttz, PhD. Environmental Adult Education in the Climate Justice Movement: Lessons of People, Power, and Place in the Shaping of Solutions to Climate Change. (current)

Vicheth Sen, PhD. Higher Education, Democracy and Civically Engaged Citizens in Post-conflict Cambodia. (current)

Linh Thuy Tran, PhD. 2014. Community-Based Ecotourism as a Site of Learning in Environmental Adult Education: A Case Study of Giao Xuan Ecotourism Project, Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam.  https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0167079

Kila Reimer, PhD. 2012. Local Negotiation of Globalised Educational Discourses: The Case of Child Friendly Schools in Rural Cambodia.https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/43691

Tara Gibb, PhD. 2012. Knowledge Economy Discourses and Language Regulation: An Analysis of Policy Processes in Adult English Language Education in Canada. w/ Tara Fenwick, University of Stirling. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/43692

Hiroko Hara, PhD. 2012. The Art of Becoming: Filmmaking and Performance on Cambodian Postcoloniality and Diaspora. w/ Jennifer Chan. Educational Studies. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/43398

Carolina Palacios, PhD. 2011. Social Movements as Learning Communities: Chilean Exiles, Knowledge Production and the Solidarity Movement. Educational Studies. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/37956?show=full

Cindy Hanson, PhD. 2009.  Toward Transformative Learning and a Transnational Feminist Pedagogy: Experiences of Activist-Facilitators Working in Development. Educational Studies. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/7103

David Jele, PhD, 2005. Political Economy of Literacy in Development: A Case Study of Educational Policy in Swaziland. Educational Studies. w/ Kjell Rubenson. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/17180

Elizabeth Henry, MA. 2013. Learning Place-Based History at Kits House: A Journey in Decolonization. Adult Learning and Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/44190

Anahita Abbas-Nejad-Konjin, MA. 2012. A Gender Analysis of Iranian Middle School Textbooks. Society, Culture and Politics in Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/43597

Koyali Burman, MA. 2007. Towards a Gender-Sensitive Model for Program Planning in Distance Education for Development. Adult Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/31446

Hiroko Hara, MA, 2006. Diasporic and Transnational Notions of Belonging: A Case Study of Cambodians in Japan. Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/17915

Linh Thuy Tran, MA, 2006. Contested Imagined Communities: Higher Education for Ethnic Minority Students in Vietnam. Higher Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/31285

Carolina Palacios, MA, 2004. Democracy and Non-violent Structural Change: A Critical Inquiry into the Concept of Civic Society and its Relationships with Adult Learning. Adult Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/16207

Mee Lain Ling, MA, 2004. Methodology of Decolonizing Gender and International Development: A View from China. Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/16318?show=full

Courses Taught

EDST 503 Foundations of Adult Learning and Education

EDST 505 Perspectives on Adult Education Practice

EDST 514 Program Planning Theory

EDST 535 International and Comparative Adult Education

EDST 583 Adult Literacy, Gender and Development: Focus on Asia Pacific

EDST 588 Environmental Philosophy and Education

Bestowed Titles

I.M. Cilliest Professor of Adult and Continuing Education 2003

Distinguished Universal Scholar of Horchata Epistemic Synergy 2009

President’s Cole Hapse Able Chair of Multi-Moodal Phenomenon 2012

Notional Hermeneutic Fellow 2012