John Tunbridge

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:B.A. Honours (St. John's College), M.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Bristol)


John Tunbridge is a graduate of St. John’s College, Cambridge and received his Ph.D. from Bristol University. He joined Carleton in 1969 and has since undertaken visiting teaching commitments in Australia, the UK and South Africa. He is co-author of The Tourist-Historic City ( Elsevier, London, 2000) and Dissonant Heritage (Wiley,Chichester, 1996) and his research is concerned with the various dimensions of the geography of heritage.

‘He has recently been (2009-15) a┬áVisiting Professor, School of Business (Heritage Studies) at Brighton University, UK, and School of Marketing at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Research Interests

  • Tourist-historic cities
  • The geography of heritage
  • Managing tourism in cities

Recent Publications

J.E.Tunbridge and G.J.Ashworth, ‘Is all tourism dark?’, in Hooper, G. and Lennon, J. editors, Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation
(Aldershot: Ashgate, New Directions in Tourism Analysis series), 2016, pp. awaited

G.J.Ashworth and J.E.Tunbridge, ‘From blue to grey? Malta’s quest from mass beach to niche heritage tourism’, in Harrison, D. and Sharpley R.A.J. editors, Mass Tourism in a Small World
(Wallingford, CABI), 2016 IN PRESS

‘The US and Bermuda: from foe to friend?’, Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society, 10, 2016 IN PRESS. Expansion of presentation at Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, June 2012

J.E.Tunbridge, G.J.Ashworth and B.J.Graham, ‘Decennial reflections on A Geography of Heritage (2000) [book by present authors]’, discussion paper for debate, with six collegial responses and concluding ‘Comments on comments’ [by present authors]’; International Journal of Heritage Studies 19 (4), 2013, 365-400.

With G.J.Ashworth, ‘Heritage, tourism and quality of life’, in Uysal, M., Perdue, R. and Sirgy, M.J. editors, Handbook of Tourism and Quality-of-Life Research: Enhancing the Lives of Tourists and Residents of Host Communities, International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer), 2012, 359-371.

‘Naval heritage and postcolonial geography: why it should matter to Australia’ (International Review), Geographical Research – Journal of the Institute of Australian Geographers 49, 1, 2011, 86-98.

‘Sustainable communities: the roles of heritage and tourism’, in Amoeda, R., Lira, S. and Pinheiro, C. (eds), Heritage 2010: Heritage and Sustainable Development (Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute), 2010, 325-31. (From keynote conference address, Evora, Portugal, June 2010).

‘Forging a European heritage: the role of Malta’, Geographische Zeitschrift (Theme issue: European heritage – in Europe and beyond) 97 (1), 2009,12-23.

‘Plural and multicultural heritages’ in The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity ed B.Graham and P.Howard (Aldershot: Ashgate), 2009, 299-313.

‘Malta: reclaiming the naval heritage?’, International Journal of Heritage Studies 14 (5), 2008, 449-466.

G.J.Ashworth, B.J.Graham and J.E.Tunbridge, Pluralising Pasts: Heritage, Identity and Place in Multicultural Societies (London: Pluto), 2007, 236pp.

‘Empire, war and nation: heritage management perspectives from Canada and Malta’, Public History Review , 2006, 13, 4-22. (Development of invited keynote presentation, University of Otago, New Zealand, July 2005).

With G.J. Ashworth, ‘Move out of the sun and into the past: the blue-grey transition and its implications for tourism infrastructure in Malta’, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism , 2005.

With G.J. Ashworth, ‘Moving from blue to grey tourism: reinventing Malta’, Tourism Recreation Research, 2005, 30 (1), 45-54.

‘Commodifying the heritage of atrocity? Penal colonies and tourism’ in Horror and Human Tragedy Revisited: The Management of Sites of Atrocity for Tourism ed G.J.Ashworth and R.Hartmann (New York: Cognizant Communication), 2005, 19-40.

‘The Churchill-Roosevelt bases of 1940: the question of heritage in their adaptive reuse’ International Journal of Heritage Studies 10 (3), 2004, 229-251.


  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Institute of British Geographers