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Honorary Professor Ross Dowling

Honorary Professor Ross Dowling is the Foundation Professor of Tourism in the School of Business and Law.


Honorary Professor Ross Dowling AM is the Foundation Professor of Tourism in the School of Business and Law. He has held a number of other positions in Australian universities and immediately prior to joining ECU he was a Foundation Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Australia. At ECU he has held many positions including Chair, Tourism Program, Head, School of Marketing, Tourism & Leisure, Associate Head, School of Business, and Director, MBA and Cross Disciplinary Studies.

Honorary Professor Dowling actively contributes to Tourism Research and Development in a number of capacities around the world, especially in the areas of Geotourism, Cruise Ship Tourism, Ecotourism and Tourism Planning & Development. He is an international speaker on tourism, providing advice for the industry in a number of countries around the world.

Ross has also completed two lecture tours on Ecotourism and Geotourism for the Chinese Government throughout China, Hong Kong, and Macau, as well as having developed a Sustainable Tourism Development Plan for the Ministry of Tourism in the Sultanate of Oman. He recently also conducted a summer school for the University of Iceland on Geotourism and Geoparks and is currently working on tourism development in both Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

Professional and Industry Associations

  • 2016 - Vice President, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
  • 2016 - Ambassador, Western Australia Parks Foundation
  • 2016 - Member, Conservation & Parks Commission of Western Australia
  • 2015 - Squad Patron, Western Australia Police Academy
  • 2014 – Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Awards and recognition

  • 2016 - Edith Cowan University Vice Chancellor’s Award – Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2014 – Life Member, Ecotourism Australia
  • 2013 – Life Member, Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism
  • 2013 – Edith Cowan University Dean’s Award for Higher Degrees and Research Supervision
  • 2011 – Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] – for service to the hospitality and tourism industry, education and the development of ecotourism
  • 2011 – National Trust McLarty Award – for support and contribution to the National Trust of WA
  • 2010 – Edith Cowan University Vice Chancellor’s Award – for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

Research areas and interests

  • Geotourism and geoparks development, sustainability, impacts and opportunities
  • Cruise Ship Tourism development, growth and industry impacts
  • Ecotourism planning, development, management and impacts
  • Regional tourism planning and development
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