The IAC 2019 Programme will reflect the burning issues in nature-based and adventure tourism, outdoor recreation and outdoor learning.  Themes such as journeys, liminality, boundary crossing and escape attempts from home are also core and related concepts.


Paper topics will reflect the concepts of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).


We are delighted to confirm the following keynote speaker:

Dr Simon Beames

Simon Beames is senior lecturer at the Moray House School of Education.  He has worked as an outdoor instructor in North America, Asia, and Europe for more than 25 years, and has published five books: Understanding educational expeditions, Learning outside the classroom, Outdoor adventure and social theory, Adventurous learning, and, most recently, Adventure and society.

Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie

Dr. Susan Houge Mackenzie is in the University of Otago Department of Tourism in Dunedin, New Zealand. She investigates links between adventure and psychological well-being across tourism, recreation, and education contexts using psychological frameworks (e.g., self-determination theory, flow theory). Susan’s interests in outdoor adventure, sport, and psychological well-being stem from her experiences as a whitewater riversurfing guide in New Zealand, the US and Chile, and competitive soccer player in the US, New Zealand, and Spain. Her work currently focuses on nature-based adventure and well-being for tourists, guides, and host communities and ‘overtourism’ in Queenstown, New Zealand. Additional projects include investigating how outdoor adventure can promote engagement and intrinsic motivation in physical activity and science education.

Susan’s research is focused on translating theoretical developments into practical applications. Her applied work includes developing risk management guidelines for adventure tourism operations, mental skill training for youth athletes, and consulting with government, non-profit, and tourism agencies such as: New Zealand riverboarding, New Zealand Ministry of Tourism, the History Channel, and the United States Forest Service. She is currently serving on the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, the International Steering Committee for the Adventure Tourism Research Association, the Central Otago Tourism Advisory Board, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership.

Mr Neil Rogers

Neil Rogers is a Stockholm based tourism consultant with over 30 years of experience working in the adventure tourism industry. He’s held senior positions for leading brands such as Journey Latin America, International Expeditions Inc., the Lodge at Chaa Creek and Francis Ford Coppola Resorts. He is currently an advisor to the Norwegian Centres of Expertise Tourism (NCE) Fjord Norway, a cluster that develops and tests new tourism products, and connects buyers and suppliers to the resulting adventure products. He’s a board member of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund / ATCF, past Chair of the Destinations Working Group at the Global Sustainable Tourism Council / GSTC, has been a member of the Belize Tourism Board’s Marketing Advisory Committee and has served as a judge for the WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards on several occasions. He has a passion for conserving Belize’s last wild places and has spent the last 30 years exploring the remotest reaches of Belize’s Chiquibul Forest and Maya Mountain Massif. In 2016 Neil was commissioned by Belize’s Protected Areas Conservation Trust / PACT to write the Tourism Enterprise Development Plan for the Chiquibul Forest.

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IAC 2019 Hosts:

Laggan Outdoor

Gatehouse of Fleet

Castle Douglas



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