Patrick holds the British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development at Vancouver Island University, Canada. His 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).
Patrick is an editor for the academic journal Tourism Geographies and serves on the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Board (CRRF Board). He also serves as chair of the Canadian Association of Geographers' Economic Geography Group (CAG-EGG) and on the Steering Committee of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). Patrick was co-organiser (with Suzanne de la Barre) of the 6th IPTRN in Yukon, Canada, in 2018. He is also a senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Originally from Limerick, Ireland, Patrick has been conducting research in Sweden and Canada since 2008. He was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) at Brock University researching tourism development across the Niagara region of Canada. All of his published research output can be seen on his Google Scholar page and he is always happy to meet online or in person so please connect with him by email or on Twitter: @PaddyBrouder
Ongoing research projects include: '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.
Patrick Brouder was the 2020 recipient of the Roy Wolfe award for outstanding contributions to the field and discipline of recreation, tourism, and sport geography.