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.
- Hughes KA., Constable A., Frenot Y., López-Martínez J., McIvor E., Njåstad B., Terauds A., Liggett D., Roldan G. and Wilmotte A. (2018) Antarctic environmental protection: Strengthening the links between science and governance. Environmental Science and Policy 83: 86-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.02.006.
- 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.
- Liggett D., Frame B., Gilbert N. and Morgan F. (2017) Is it all going south? Four future scenarios for Antarctica. Polar Record 53(5): 459-478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247417000390.
- Stewart EJ., Espiner S., Liggett D. and Taylor Z. (2017) The Forgotten Islands: Monitoring Tourist Numbers and Managing Tourism Impacts on New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands. RESOURCES-BASEL 6(3) ARTN 38 http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/resources6030038.
- 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.