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R W (Bill) Carter

  • PhD
  • Director, USC International Development
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
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Prior to his full-time research appointment with the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at USC, Professor Bill Carter was discipline leader of USC’s Environmental Science program, which included the postgraduate Masters by Coursework program for Climate Change Adaptation. Before this, he was with the University of Queensland where he was responsible for their environmental tourism programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before entering academia, Professor Carter worked as a consultant to the three levels of government and international NGOs in the areas of tourism and conservation management, and at a senior administration level in park management with the Queensland Government as the first interpretative officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Director of Brisbane Forest Park, and the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Professor Carter was responsible for the legislation drafting instructions for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and has been called as an expert witness for Commissions of Inquiry in NSW and Queensland. He has led numerous research projects relating to heritage resource management (lead or co-chief Investigator on over A$5m of competitive research grants). Professor Carter has published over 100 scholarly articles in this area; 65 since 2003 (10 monographs, 37 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 conference proceedings, and 4 book chapters). Professor Carter has been responsible for course development in Public Administration, Park Interpretation, Environmental Problem Solving, Recreation Resource Management, Ecotourism, Tourism Planning, Recreation, Tourism Product Development, Contemporary Case Studies and Sustainability courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has ‘graduated’ over 35 postgraduate students by research, from honours to PhD level. He has also given keynote addresses or invited seminars in Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia and across the South Pacific. Professor Carter is also co-editor of the 'Australasian Journal of Environmental Management'. In conjunction with his appointment at the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC), in 2014 Professor Carter became the Director of the University's International Development unit.

Co-authors (107)


Australasian Journal of Environmental Management


2007 - Present

Publications (5)

  • Has Australia dropped the ball on water reform?

    • Baldwin C
    • Clark C
    • Ross H
    • et al.
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  • Effects of Facilitating Papuan Teachers’ Professional Development Programs on Australian Facilitators: Implications for Universities

    • Sutrisno A
    • Carter R
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  • Improving environmental performance in the tourism accommodation sector

    • Carter R
    • Whiley D
    • Knight C
  • Defining Heritage Values and Significance for Improved Resource Management: An application to Australian tourism

    • Carter R
    • Bramley R
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  • Resource-Based Relative Value Scale.

    • Carter R

Professional experience

Director, USC International Development

The University of the Sunshine Coast

November 2015 - Present

Education history

PhD School of Natural and Rural Systems Management

The University of Queensland

January 1998 - November 2000(3 years)

BSc Department of Zoology

The University of Queensland

March 1975 - November 1977(3 years)

BSc (Forestry) Department of Forestry

Australian National University

March 1969 - November 1972(4 years)