Stephen Wearing is an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He has also taught as a visiting fellow in his 25-year career, including Wageningen University, Netherlands; Newcastle University and Macquarie University in Australia. Stephen specialises in the social sciences in natural resource management. His research and publications range across the areas of resource management to the sociology of leisure and tourism. His latest book, Tourism Cultures: Identity, Place and Traveler, contributes to the growing area of ‘critical tourism studies’; this is a movement that seeks to bring an alternative commentary and new theoretical thinking to the understanding of tourism in contemporary society.