Tod is Associate Professor in Geography in the School of Design and Built Environment. His discipline is human geography, and his methods draw from cultural and political geography. He has worked on heritage, cultural economy, landscape, planning, and tourism in Australia and Indonesia.
Tod’s background is in cultural policy research on Indonesia and sustainable tourism planning for the beautiful Ningaloo Coast in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia where he began his research work with Aboriginal organisations. Tod has worked on a Karla Yarning: Stories of the Home Fires project that with guidance of Aboriginal leaders developed Aboriginal heritage maps for the City of Perth (Karla Yarning: Stories of the Home Fires, two Aboriginal heritage maps for the City of Perth. http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/our-city/things-see-and-do/karla-yarning-stories-home-fires). He recently (wtih Tim Acker) wrote a Creative and Cultural Strategy for the Pilbara for the Pilbara Development Commission, and has worked on evaluation work for the CRC for Remote Economic Participation, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Tod has worked with a variety of organisations when undertaking research including the Western Australian Department of Cultrual and the Arts, Sustainable Tourism CRC, Department of Environment and Conservation, Tourism WA, the City of Albany, Shire of Esperance, CSIRO, National Trust of Western Australia, Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation, Gwoonwardu Mia Heritage and Cultural Centre amongst others. All of the projects have been collaborative with researchers from Curtin University of Technology or other universities.
Tod began his relationship with Indonesia in 1999 when he started his PhD. By the time he had completed his PhD in 2006 (which received a Chancellor’s commendation), Tod had developed a strong network of collaborators across the country. He has continued with this research through his publications and projects. This included a five month Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Fellowship in the first half of 2013. His book with KITLV Press, Culture, power and authoritarianism in the Indonesian state: cultural policy across the twentieth century to the Reform era, was published in June 2013.
Tod’s tourism projects included the development of The Valuing Places Toolkit, and the Ningaloo Destination Modelling project, where he coordinated researchers across six universities and the CSIRO to develop a scenario planning tool for tourism development for the Ningaloo Coast region of Western Australia. The NDDM project was funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism. When including in-kind contributions, all parties are contributing $3.1 million. These projects developed Tod’s close relationship with the mid-west of Western Australia, in particular the Gascoyne region and the amazing Ningaloo coast.
PhD with a Chancellor's Commendation, Curtin University Bachelor of Arts with 1st Class Honours, University of Adelaide
Tod’s research draws from human geography, cultural theory and planning perspectives. He has managed many projects in regional locations. His research has investigated:
- Creative and Cultural Strategies.
- Karla Yarning: Stories of the Home Fires, two Aboriginal heritage maps for the City of Perth. http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/our-city/things-see-and-do/karla-yarning-stories-home-fires
- Assessments of cultural and heritage organisations, projects and spaces, in particular Indigenous heritage and culture;
- Dimensions of postcolonial cultural policy with a focus on Australia and Indonesia;
- The process and effects of world heritage listing; and
- Sustainable tourism regional planning and modelling.
- Membership Secretary for the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
- Director, Research Institute for the Study of Societies in Change (RUSSIC)
- 2016 Alfred Deakin Institute Visiting Fellowship.
- 2013 Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Fellow. Six month fellowship in the Netherlands to research International Dimensions of Postcolonial National Cultures: UNESCO and Indonesia, 1949-2010.
- 2011 Tod’s tourism planning and modelling research was a key contribution in a team that was one of five finalists in the Shell Innovation Awards 2011 IT category for an integrated modelling approach to the Ningaloo Coast region.
- 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Highest Performing Early Career Researcher in Humanities, Curtin University.
- 2009 Awarded a four year Early Career Research Fellowship by Curtin University to pursue Indigenous cultural enterprise research.
- 2006 Commendation from the Chancellor, Curtin University for my doctoral dissertation.
- 2002 National Visiting Scholarship, Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.
Teaching - Undergraduate
Tod coordinates and teaches in four units in the Geography Major in the Bachelor or Arts: Fieldwork Skills, Places, Regions, Landscapes, and Geographies of Migration. He has previously taught Geographies of Food Security, Physical Geography, Geographies of Health, and Landscape Planning and Heritage.
Teaching - Postgraduate
Tod's supervision is based on supporting self-directed students to make the most of the opportunities presented by doctoral and masters research. I have a strong focus on the PhD process and ensuring that students will write a strong thesis that will easily meet the requirements of their degrees and the expectations of markers. I am particularly keen to assist students with an interest in research on heritage conflict and management, Indigenous cultural and/or heritage organisations, heritage project assessment, cultural policy and cultural tourism in Australia and Indonesia.
Tod has supervised numerous PhD graduates on issues including heritage, tourism, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, and native title.
- Jones, R., T. Jones, and C. Ingram. 2021. "RE-TURNING INWARDS OR OPENING TO THE WORLD? LAND USE TRANSITIONS ON AUSTRALIA’S WESTERN COAST." Geographical Review
- Jones, R., and T. Jones. 2020. "Antipodean aftershocks: Group settlement of hebridean and non-hebridean britons in Western Australia following world war one." Northern Scotland 11 (2): 188-203.
- Mozaffari, A., and T. Jones. 2019. "Heritage movements in Asia: Cultural heritage activism, politics, and identity."
- Jones, T., A. Mozaffari, and J. M. Jasper. 2019. "Understanding Heritage Activism: Learning from Social Movement Studies." In Heritage Movements in Asia. Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics, and Identity Mozaffari, A., and T. Jones., 32-55 New York: Berghahn.
- Mozafarri, A., and T. Jones. 2019. "Introduction. Negotiation, strategic action, and the production of heritage." In Heritage Movements in Asia. Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics, and Identity Mozaffari, A., and T. Jones., 1-31: Berghahn.
- Jones, T., T. Riomandha, and H. Salim. 2019. ""The past is always new": a framework for understanding the centrality of social media to contemporary heritage movements." In Heritage Movements in Asia. Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics, and Identity Mozaffari, A., and T. Jones., 56-79
- Jones, T., and A. Perkasa. 2019. "Crimes against cultures: how local practices of regulation shape archaeological landscapes in Trowulan, East Java." In Moral ecologies. Histories of conservation, dispossession and resistance Griffin, C., R. Jones, and I. Robertson., 129-158 London: Springer.
- Jones, R., T. Jones, and S. Cox. 2019. "Heritage and culture." In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2. Kobayashi, A., 363-368: Elsevier.
- Jones, R., J. Christensen, and T. Jones. 2019. "Global ecologies and local moralities: conservation and contention on Western Australia's Gascoyne Coast." In Moral ecologies. Histories of conservation, dispossession and resistance Griffin, C., R. Jones, and I. Robertson., 59-82 London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Jones, T. 2018. "International intangible cultural heritage policy in the neighbourhood: an assessment and case study of Indonesia." Journal of Cultural Geography 35 (3): 362-387.
- Cox, S., and T. Jones. 2018. "Native title and the politics of rejection: beyond the post-political binary of consensus and dissensus in urban Aboriginal activism." Geographical Research 56 (4): 358-367.
- Jones, T., A. Mozaffari, and J. M. Jasper. 2017. "Heritage Contests: What Can We Learn from Social Movements?." Heritage And Society 10 (1): 1-25.
- Chapman, K., F. Boschetti, E. Fulton, P. Horwitz, T. Jones, P. Scherrer, and G. Syme. 2017. "Knowledge that Acts: Evaluating the Outcomes of a Knowledge Brokering Intervention in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Region." Environmental Management 60 (5): 896-907.
- Hughes, M., T. Jones, and I. Phau. 2016. "Community Perceptions of a World Heritage Nomination Process: The Ningaloo Coast Region of Western Australia." Coastal Managemant 44 (2): 139-155.
- Jones, T. S. W., S. Cox, and P. Cozens. 2016. "Unsettling planning In Perth: Indigenous planning in a boom." In Planning Boomtown and Beyond Biermann, S., D. Olaru, and V. Paul., 128-157 Perth, WA: UWAP.
- Jones, T., R. Jones, and M. Hughes. 2016. "Heritage designation and scale: a World Heritage case study of the Ningaloo Coast." International Journal of Heritage Studies 22 (3): 242-260.
- Tirtosudarmo, R. 2016. "Cultural heritage edition of Inside Indonesia."
- Jones, T. S. W., and R. Tirtisudarmo. 2016. "Cultural heritage: The politics of pictures of Indonesia."
- Jones, T. S. W. 2016. "The pattern of a batik revival."
- Jones, T. S. W., and G. Grabasch. 2016. "Four ways Western Australia can improve Aboriginal heritage management."
- Jones, T., J. Booth, and T. Acker. 2016. "The Changing Business of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: Markets, Audiences, Artists, and the Large Art Fairs." Journal of Arts Management Law and Society 46 (3): 107-121.
- Fulton, E., F. Boschetti, M. Sporcic, T. S. W. Jones, R. Little, J. Dambacher, R. Gray, R. Scott, and R. Gorton. 2015. "A Multi-Model Approach to Engaging Stakeholder and Modellers in Complex Environmental Problems." Environmental Science & Policy 48: 44-56.
- Jones, T., and C. Birdsall-Jones. 2014. "Meeting places: drivers of change in Australian Aboriginal cultural institutions." International Journal of Cultural Policy 20 (3): 296-317.
- Jones, T., and M. H. Talebian. 2014. "Perspectives and Prospects for Cultural Tourism in the Pasargadae Religion." In World Heritage in Iran; Perspectives on Pasargadae, 155-172 England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
- Catlin, J., M. Hughes, T. Jones, and R. Jones. 2014. "White sharks in Western Australia: threat or opportunity?." Journal of Ecotourism 13 (2-3): 159-161.
- Acker, T., T. Jones, and F. Henham. 2014. "Fair Exchange: the rise of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art fairs." Artlink 34 (2): 82-85.
- Catlin, J., M. Hughes, T. Jones, R. Jones, and R. Campbell. 2013. "Valuing individual animals through tourism: Science or speculation?." Biological Conservation 157: 93-98.
- Fulton, E., T. Jones, F. Boschetti, K. Chapman, L. Little, G. Syme, P. Dzidic, R. Gorton, M. Sporcic, and W. Mare. 2013. "Assessing the Impact of Stakeholder Engagement in Management Strategy Evaluation." International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering 3 (3): 82-98.
- Jones, T. 2013. "Culture, Power and Authoritarianism in the Indonesian State: Cultural Policy Across the Twentieth Century to the Reform Era." Netherlands: Brill.
- Wood, D., B. Mare, B. Fulton, and T. Jones. 2012. "Participatory tourism planning at Ningaloo reef, Western Australia." In Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia., 177-192 Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
- Catlin, J., T. Jones, and R. Jones. 2012. "Balancing needs: licensing as a means to manage nature based tourism." Journal of Sustainable Tourism 20 (2): 163-178.
- Jones, T., and C. Birdsall Jones. 2012. "The Second Wave: Aboriginal Cultural Centres in Sustainable Development. . Greenlines Institute. ." In Heritage 2012 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Jun 19, 2012, Porto, Portugal: Green Lines Institute.
- Jones, T. 2012. "Indonesian Cultural Policy Post-Suharto." Indonesia 93: 147-176.
- Jones, T. 2012. "Indonesian cultural policy in the reform era." Indonesia 2012 (93): 147-176.
- Fulton, E. A., T. Jones, F. Boschetti, M. Sporcic, W. De La Mare, G. Syme, P. Dzidic, R. Gorton, L. R. Little, G. Dambacher, and 1 more contributors. 2011. "A multi-model approach to stakeholder engagement in complex environmental problems." In The 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2011), Dec 12, 2011, Perth, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
- West, G., and T. Jones. 2011. "Dynamic Visualisation of Tourism Impact in the Ningaloo Region." In 7th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE7), Aug 23, 2011, Perth, WA: WALIS.
- Jones, T., J. Glasson, D. Wood, and E. A. Fulton. 2011. "Regional Planning and Resilient Futures: Destination Modelling and Tourism Development - the case of the Ningaloo Coastal Region in Western Australia." Planning Practice and Research 26 (4): 393-415.
- Catlin, J., R. Jones, and T. Jones. 2011. "Revisiting Duffus and Dearden's Wildlife Tourism Framework." Biological Conservation 144 (5): 1537-1544.
- Jones, T., B. Fulton, and D. Wood. 2011. "Challenging tourism theory through integrated models: how multiple model projects strengthen outcomes through a case study of tourism development on the Ningaloo Coast of Western Australia." In 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Nov 12, 2011, Perth, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand,.
- Catlin, J., T. Jones, B. Norman, and D. Wood. 2010. "Consolidation in a wildlife tourism industry: the changing impact of whale shark tourist expenditure in the Ningaloo Coast region." International Journal of Tourism Research 12 (2): 134-148.
- Catlin, J., R. Jones, T. Jones, B. Norman, and D. Wood. 2010. "Discovering wildlife tourism: a whale shark tourism case study." Current Issues in Tourism 13 (4): 351-361.
- Jones, T., D. Wood, and J. Glasson. 2010. "Planning Resilient Futures: Modelling the Ningaloo Coastal Region in Western Australia." In Council of Australian University Hospitality and Tourism Educators (CAUTHE), Feb 8, 2010, Hobart, Tasmania: CAUTHE and the University of Tasmania.
- Jones, T., D. Wood, J. Catlin, and B. Norman. 2009. "Expenditure and Ecotourism: Predictors of Expenditure for Whale Shark Tour Participants." Journal of Ecotourism 8 (1): 32-50.
- Schianetz, K., T. Jones, L. Kavanagh, P. A. Walker, D. Lockington, and D. Wood. 2009. "The Practicalities of a Learning Tourism Destination: a Case Study of the Ningaloo Coast." International Journal of Tourism Research 11 (6): 567-581.
- Jones, T., and D. Wood. 2009. "The challenges of managing destinations: understanding sustainability and change through destination modelling." In See Change: Tourism & Hospitality in a Changing World, Feb 10, 2009, Fremantle, WA: CAUTHE.
- Jones, T., and D. Wood. 2008. "Attribution, Substitution and Confusion in Wildlife and Natural Area Tourism Expenditure Research." Tourism Economics 14 (2): 431-434.
- Jones, T. 2008. "Bomb the base in the bus: Public transport as intersections of a local popular culture in Padang, Indonesia." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 22 (1): 127-139.
- Jones, T., and D. Wood. 2008. "Researching Tourism to the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, or how the Social Sciences can Collaborate in Researching Complex Problems." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3 (6): 137-144.
- Jones, T., and D. Wood. 2008. "Research note: Attribution, substitution and confusion in wildlife and natural area tourism expenditure research." Tourism Economics 14 (2): 431-434.
- Wood, D., and T. Jones. 2007. "Calculating the Tourist Expenditure Generated by Natural and Heritage Areas: The Valuing Places Toolkit." In Tourism: Past Achievements, Future Challenges, Feb 11, 2007, Manly, Sydney, Australia: University of Technology, sydney.
- Jones, T., D. Wood, J. Catlin, and B. norman. 2007. "Determinants of Spending of Whale Shark Tour Participants." In Tourism: Past Achievements, Future Challenges, Feb 11, 2007, Manly, Sydney, Australia: University of Technology, sydney.
- Jones, T. 2007. "Liberalism and Cultural Policy in Indonesia." Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 13 (4): 441-458.
- Jones, T. 2006. "Sentencing Schapelle A Drug- Induced Discussion on the Differences between Australia and Southeast Asia." Overland 184: 93-94.
- Jones, T. 2003. "Occupation and Decolonisation: The Japanese Interregnum and Indonesian Modern Fine Art." In Liveable Communities, 255-268 Perth, Western Australia: Black Swan Press.
- Jones, T. 2002. "National Culture, Local Concerns: Debating Otonomi Daerah." In Beyond Jakarta, 59-79 South Australia: Crawford House Publishing Pty Ltd.