Individual Research Interests

Community-based Ecotourism; Environmental Education; Social Movement Learning; Transformative Learning; Decolonizing Living History Museums


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Recent Publications

Walter, P. (2022). Decolonizing arts-based public pedagogies in the Indigenous, environmental and climate justice movements. In Evans, K., Markowitsch, J., Lee, W.O., Zukas, M. (eds) Third International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham.

Ignatovich, E., & Walter, P. (2022). Political posters, the Soviet Enlightenment and the construction of a learning society, 1917-1928. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 13(1), 75-96.

Walter. P. (2021).  Indigenous Peoples lead the way: Arts-based decolonising educative-activism for the survival of Mother Earth. Climate Justice and Adult Learning and Education, PIMA Bulletin, 39, 33-36.

Walter, P. (2021). Settler colonialism and the violent geographies of tourism in the California redwoods. Tourism Geographies.

Kluttz, J., Walker, J. & Walter, P. (2021). Learning towards decolonising relationships at Standing Rock. Studies in the Education of Adults 53(1), 101-199.

Walter, P. & Kluttz, J. (2020). Theorising adult education, power and socio-environmental change: A consideration of the climate justice movement. In F. Finnegan and B. Grummell (Eds.), Power and Possibility: Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World. Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publishers: Open Access:

Sen, V. & Walter, P. (2020). Community-based ecotourism and the transformative learning of homestay hosts in CambodiaTourism Recreation Research, 45(3), 323-336.

Walter, P. (2020). Adult environmental education. In T. Rocco, M. C. Smith, R. C. Mizzi, L. R. Merriweather and J. D. Hawley (Eds.), 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (pp. 314-321). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Walter, P. (2020). Community-based ecotourism projects as living museums. Journal of Ecotourism, 19(3), 233-247.

Kluttz, J., Walker, J. & Walter, P. (2020). Unsettling allyship, unlearning and learning towards decolonising solidarityStudies in the Education of Adults, 52(1), 49-66.

Walter, P. (2019). Innovations in teaching adult education: Living history museums and transformative learning in the university classroom. Adult Learning (Sage) 3(3), 121-127.

Earl, A., VanWynsberghe, R., Walter, P. & Straka, T. (2018). Adaptive Education applied to higher education for sustainability. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19(6), 1-19.

Kluttz, J. & Walter P. (2018). Conceptualizing learning in the climate justice movement. Adult Education Quarterly, 68 (2), 91-107.

Walker, J. & Walter, P. (2018). Learning about social movements through news media: Deconstructing New York Times and Fox News representations of Standing Rock. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 37(4), 1-18.


é Popular Publications – Google Scholar Citations



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, CA: Sage.

Kelkar, G., Nathan, D. & Walter, P. (Eds.). (2003). Patriarchy at Odds: Gender Relations in Forest  Societies in Asia. New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Some Other Interesting Publications

Walter, P. & Sen, V. (2018). A geography of ecotourism in Cambodia: Regions, patterns and potentialsAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 23(3), 297-311.

Walter, P., Regmi, D. K., & Raj Khanal, P. (2018). Host learning in community-based ecotourism in Nepal: The case of Sirubari and Ghalegaun homestays. Tourism Management Perspectives, 26, 49-58.

Uzama, A., & Walter, P. (2018). Incorporating ecotourism into Social Education (shakai kyouiku 社会教育) and lifelong learning (shougai gakushuu 生涯学習) in Japan. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education24(1), 18-36.

Regmi, K. D., & Walter, P. (2017). 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.

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

Walter, P., & Earl, A. (2017). Public pedagogies of arts-based environmental learning and education for adults. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults8(1), 145-163.

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

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

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

Walter, P. (2013). Theorising community gardens as pedagogical sites in the food movement. Environmental Education Research 19(4), 521-539.

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.

Walter, P. (2013). Greening the net generation: Outdoor adult learning in the digital age. Adult Learning, 24(4), 151-158.

Reimer, J.K. & Walter, P. (2012).  How do you know it when you see it? Community-based ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountains of southwestern Cambodia. Tourism Management 34, 122-132.

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.


Tran, L.T. & Walter, P. (2010). National unity and ethnic identity in a Vietnamese university. Comparative Education Review 54(4), 483-511.


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.


Walter, P. (2009). Philosophies of adult environmental education. Adult Education Quarterly 60(1), 3-25.

Walter, P. (2007). Activist forest monks, adult learning and the Buddhist environmental movement in Thailand. International Journal of Lifelong Education 26(3), 248-269. 

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.

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.


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

Selected Publications


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.

Kila Reimer, PhD. 2012. Local Negotiation of Globalised Educational Discourses: The Case of Child Friendly Schools in Rural Cambodia.

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.

Hiroko Hara, PhD. 2012. The Art of Becoming: Filmmaking and Performance on Cambodian Postcoloniality and Diaspora. w/ Jennifer Chan. Educational Studies.

Carolina Palacios, PhD. 2011. Social Movements as Learning Communities: Chilean Exiles, Knowledge Production and the Solidarity Movement. Educational Studies.

Cindy Hanson, PhD. 2009.  Toward Transformative Learning and a Transnational Feminist Pedagogy: Experiences of Activist-Facilitators Working in Development. Educational Studies.

David Jele, PhD, 2005. Political Economy of Literacy in Development: A Case Study of Educational Policy in Swaziland. Educational Studies. w/ Kjell Rubenson.

Elizabeth Henry, MA. 2013. Learning Place-Based History at Kits House: A Journey in Decolonization. Adult Learning and Education.

Anahita Abbas-Nejad-Konjin, MA. 2012. A Gender Analysis of Iranian Middle School Textbooks. Society, Culture and Politics in Education.

Koyali Burman, MA. 2007. Towards a Gender-Sensitive Model for Program Planning in Distance Education for Development. Adult Education.

Hiroko Hara, MA, 2006. Diasporic and Transnational Notions of Belonging: A Case Study of Cambodians in Japan. Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education.

Linh Thuy Tran, MA, 2006. Contested Imagined Communities: Higher Education for Ethnic Minority Students in Vietnam. Higher Education.

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.

Mee Lain Ling, MA, 2004. Methodology of Decolonizing Gender and International Development: A View from China. Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education.

Courses Taught

EDST 314   Social Issues in Education

ADHE 329   Developing Short Courses, Workshops and Seminars

EDST 503   Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Adult Learning and Education

EDST 514   Adult Education Program Planning Theory

EDST 518   Theory and Research on Adult Learning

EDST 520   Perspectives on Adult Education Practice

EDST 535   Comparative and International Adult Education

EDST 565   Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Spaces, Intersections & Parallel Worlds

EDST 565   Adult Literacy, Gender & Development: Focus on Asia Pacific

EDST 571    Introduction to Educational Research: Relating Questions, Theories and Methods

EDST 588   Environmental Philosophy and Education

EDST 602   Doctoral Seminar