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.
- Frame B., Liggett D., Lindström K., Roura RM. and van der Watt LM. (2022) Tourism and heritage in Antarctica: exploring cultural, natural and subliminal experiences. Polar Geography 45(1): 37-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2021.1918787.
- Tejedo P., Benayas J., Cajiao D., Leung YF., De Filippo D. and Liggett D. (2022) What are the real environmental impacts of Antarctic tourism? Unveiling their importance through a comprehensive meta-analysis. Journal of Environmental Management 308 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.114634.
- Figuerola B., Valiente N., Barbosa A., Brasier MJ., Colominas-Ciuró R., Convey P., Liggett D., Fernández-Martínez MA., Gonzalez S. and Griffiths HJ. (2021) Shifting Perspectives in Polar Research: Global Lessons on the Barriers and Drivers for Securing Academic Careers in Natural Sciences. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.777009.
- Bromwich DH., Werner K., Casati B., Powers JG., Gorodetskaya IV., Massonnet F., Vitale V., Heinrich VJ., Liggett D. and Arndt S. (2020) The year of polar prediction in the southern hemisphere (YOPP-SH). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101(10): E1653-E1676. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0255.1.
- Haavisto R., Lamers M., Thoman R., Liggett D., Carrasco J., Dawson J., Ljubicic G. and Stewart E. (2020) Mapping weather, water, ice and climate (WWIC) information providers in Polar Regions: who are they and who do they serve? Polar Geography 43(2-3): 120-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2019.1707320.