I hold the British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development at Vancouver Island University, Canada. My research in BC focuses on three interrelated areas of innovation in tourism across the province - Indigenous tourism (as a form of endogenous economic development in partner communities), creative tourism (in ‘creative outposts’ in rural and peripheral BC), and tourism evolution (post COVID-19 processes of recovery for the tourism economy all across rural BC).
I currently serve as Chair of the Economic Geography Group of the Canadian Association of Geographers and on the Steering Committee of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). l was co-organiser (with Suzanne de la Barre) of the 6th IPTRN in Yukon, Canada, in 2018. I am a resource editor for Tourism Geographies and an editorial board member of Polar Geography. I am also a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as a former Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geography, Brock University, Canada.
Originally from Limerick, Ireland, I have been conducting research in Sweden and Canada since 2008. My Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) focussed on tourism development across the Niagara region of Canada and my current research is focussed on tourism and sustainable rural development in western Canada (British Columbia and Yukon). All of my research can be seen on my Google Scholar page.
My research interests are: Economic Geography, Tourism Studies, Rural Development. I am always happy to meet online or in person so please contact me by email or on Twitter if you would like to connect: @PaddyBrouder
Some current research projects are: 'Towards Sustainable Regional Tourism Development in the Heart of the Great Bear Rainforest' and 'Creative Economies: Exploring the Nexus of Culture and Tourism in Yukon and Northern BC'. Find out more under Current Projects.