My research interests include environmental management and tourism regulation in extreme environments (with a particular focus on the polar regions), tourism practice and theory, value systems as well as decision-making on environmental and climate change issues. I am currently involved in research projects focussing on (a) human activities and their impacts in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (Antarctica), (b) Antarctic futures, (c) Antarctic gateway cities, (d) Antarctic geopolitics (in particular decision-making in relation to tourism politics and environmental management), and (e) the complex relationships between users and providers of weather and climate information. The latter project is associated with the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Polar Prediction Project (PPP).Methodologically, I am interested in qualitative research that crosses different disciplines and challenges conventional research paradigms.
- Bystrowska M., Wigger K. and Liggett D. (2017) The Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Managing High Arctic Tourism Sites: A Collective Action Perspective. Resources 6(33): 18. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/resources6030033.
- Stewart EJ., Liggett D. and Dawson J. (2017) The evolution of polar tourism scholarship: research themes, networks and agendas. Polar Geography 40(1): 59-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2016.1274789.
- Thoman RL., Dawson J., Liggett D., Lamers M., Stewart E., Ljubicic G., Knol M. and Hoke W. (2017) Understanding the creation and use of polar weather and climate information. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98(1): ES3-ES5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0195.1.
- de la Barre S., Maher P., Dawson J., Hillmer-Pegram K., Huijbens E., Lamers M., Liggett D., Mueller D., Pashkevich A. and Stewart E. (2016) Tourism and Arctic Observation Systems: exploring the relationships. Polar Research 35: 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/polar.v35.24980.
- Hughes KA., Liggett D., Roldan G., Wilmotte A. and Xavier JC. (2016) Narrowing the science/policy gap for environmental management. Antarctic Science 28(5): 325. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102016000407.