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Dr Tod Jones

Dr Tod Jones Dr Tod Jones

PhD with a Chancellor's Commendation, Curtin University Bachelor of Arts with 1st Class Honours, University of Adelaide

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Built Environment
Department Department of Planning and Geography
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 201.612
Phone 08 9266 4709
Email T.Jones@curtin.edu.au
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0003-3188-8359
ResearcherID www.researcherid.com/rid/N-7166-2015
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=ogUtU5AAAAAJ&hl=en

Brief Summary

Tod is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Geography in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Built Environment. His research field is cultural policy studies with a focus on heritage policy and tourism, utilising approaches drawing from human geography, cultural theory and planning perspectives.

Tod’s background is in cultural policy research on Indonesia and sustainable tourism planning for the beautiful Ningaloo Coast in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia where he began his research work with Aboriginal organisations. Most recently, Tod has worked on a Karla Yarning: Stories of the Home Fires project that with guidance of Aboriginal leaders developed Aboriginal heritage maps for the City of Perth (Karla Yarning: Stories of the Home Fires, two Aboriginal heritage maps for the City of Perth.  http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/our-city/things-see-and-do/karla-yarning-stories-home-fires). 

Tod has worked with a variety of organisations when undertaking research including the Western Australian Department of Cultrual and the Arts, Sustainable Tourism CRC, Department of Environment and Conservation, Tourism WA, the City of Albany, Shire of Esperance, CSIRO, National Trust of Western Australia, Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation, Gwoonwardu Mia Heritage and Cultural Centre amongst others. All of the projects have been collaborative with researchers from Curtin University of Technology or other universities.

Tod began his relationship with Indonesia in 1999 when he started his PhD.  By the time he had completed his PhD in 2006 (which received a Chancellor’s commendation), Tod had become an Indonesiaphile and had developed a strong network of collaborators across the country.  He has continued with this research through his publications and his project Analysing the International Dimensions of Postcolonial National Cultures:  UNESCO and Indonesia, 1949-2010, which was executed through a five month Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Fellowship in the first half of 2013.  His book with KITLV Press, Culture, power and authoritarianism in the Indonesian state: cultural policy across the twentieth century to the Reform era, was be published in June 2013. 

Tod’s entry point into tourism research and policy began in 2005 when he provided input into and then led a range of important initiatives within the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre. His projects included the economic, social and environmental values of tourism, heritage tourism, and he was involved in the development of The Valuing Places Toolkit, an easy to use tool that measures the visitor expenditure due to a particular tourism resource. For four years Tod was project lead on the Ningaloo Destination Modelling project, where he coordinated researchers across six universities and the CSIRO to develop a scenario planning tool for tourism development for the Ningaloo Coast region of Western Australia. The NDDM project was funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism. When including in-kind contributions, all parties are contributing $3.1 million.  Tod co-organised and delivered twelve regional workshops and developed his expertise in collaborative research and participatory community research techniques. He also managed media promotion of the project. These projects developed Tod’s close relationship with the mid-west of Western Australia, in particular the Gascoyne region and the amazing Ningaloo coast. 

Memberships, Awards and Training

Memberships

Awards

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Teaching

Teaching - Undergraduate

Tod coordinates and teaches in four units in the Geography Major in the Bachelor or Arts: Fieldwork Skills, Geographies of Food Security, Physical Geography and Geographies of Health.  He also coordinates two OUA Graduate Certificate in Geography units:  Physical Geography and Geographies of Food Security.  Tod coordinates one unit in the Masters of Sustainability and Climate Policy:  Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage.

Teaching - Postgraduate

My supervision is based on supporting self-directed students to make the most of the opportunities presented by doctoral and masters research. I have a strong focus on the PhD process and ensuring that students will write a strong thesis that will easily meet the requirements of their degrees and the expectations of markers. I am particularly keen to assist students with an interest in research on heritage conflict and management, Indigenous cultural and/or heritage organisations, heritage project assessment, cultural policy and cultural tourism in Australia and Indonesia.

I have supervised two PhD graduates and currently have one Masters and four PhD students.

The Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage Masters Unit is available as an optional unit for most Masters students at Curtin.  This unit takes a interdisciplinary approach to analysing issues of culture, leisure and climate change on our coasts.  It explores Indigenous sustainability, the changing use of our coasts, sustainable tourism and what the future holds in the face of climate change and coastal adaptation.  The teaching component of the research will be undertaken over four field trips, each taking one day, in Fremantle, the Swan River and King’s Park, the Swan Valley and Rottnest Island.  Each of these fieldtrips provides opportunities to explore different elements of coastal community cultures, drivers of change and practices of adaptation.  They will combine seminars with learning activities in small groups, a deliberation on the presentation of Aboriginal culture on Rottnest Island, and tours of each of the locations by CUSP staff or invited speakers.  Assessment is participation in and reflection on the deliberation, a presentation and a research report.

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Tod’s research interest is in the multidisciplinary area of cultural policy studies.  His approach draws from human geography, cultural theory and planning perspectives, and he has managed many projects in regional locations.  His research uses cultural policy approaches to investigate:

Research Projects

For a description of my projects in previous positions, please see the Introduction section above.  Tod is working on a variety of cultural and heritage research projects.  These are:

Tod has worked on a variety of projects, many in the area of sustainable tourism and heritage.  These include:

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Publications

2016

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Creative Works

2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2003

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2002

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Additional publication categories

2016

Book Chapters - Other

2014

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2008

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2006

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