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What and who is an Antarctic ambassador?


Alexander, KA and Liggett, D and Leane, E and Nielsen, HEF and Bailey, JL and Brasier, MJ and Haward, M, What and who is an Antarctic ambassador?, Polar Record, 55, (6) pp. 497-506. ISSN 0032-2474 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0032247420000194


The term "Antarctic ambassadorship" is increasingly used to represent an individualís connection to Antarctica and their subsequent advocacy. However, there is little clarity regarding the concept. To address this, we combined a literature review with an expert elicitation workshop. We argue that (i) the concept of Antarctic ambassador has been understood in myriad ways; (ii) Antarctic ambassadors have a connection to, knowledge of and passion for Antarctica; (iii) they also have a commitment to defending and advancing Antarctic values and (iv) Antarctic ambassadorship is about more than advocacy. We propose the first comprehensive definition of Antarctic ambassadorship. We hope this will provide a cornerstone upon which future research, and a more informed governance of Antarctic tourism, can be built.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, ambassadors, stewardship, conservation, tourism, ambassadorship
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving natural heritage
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Nielsen, HEF (Dr Hanne Nielsen)
UTAS Author:Brasier, MJ (Dr Madeleine Brasier)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:139096
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2020-05-26
Last Modified:2020-12-22

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