MA (Cambridge), PhD (ANU)
Human geography

Emeritus Professor Jim Walmsley retired as Professor of Geography and Planning in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England in 2009. Professor Walmsley's main ongoing researchinterests are:

  1. leisure, lifestyle and tourism in Australia
  2. regional development and social well-being with particular emphasis on migration.

Specifically, Professor Walmsley is working on non-metropolitan migration flows, the importance of the local physical and social environment in human well-being, and the changing nature of leisure-recreation-tourism in a consumption society.

Professor Walmsley was President of the Institute of Australian Geographers 2006-2008.

  • C. Gibson, J. Connell, G. Waitt, & D.J. Walmsley (2010) Holdens, harvest, harmonicas, handicrafts and heaven: the role of rural festivals in Australia, in C. Gibson et al. (eds) Festival places: revitalising rural Australia, Bristol, Channel View Press.
  • B. Pritchard, N. Argent, S. Baum, L Bourke, J. Martin, P. McManus, A.Sorensen & D.J. Walmsley (2010) local -- if possible: how the spatial networking of economic relations amongst farm enterprises aids small town survival in rural Australia, Regional Studies
  • C. Gibson, C. Brennan-Horley & D.J. Walmsley (2010) Mapping vernacular creativity: the extent and diversity of rural festivals in Australia, in T. Edensor et al. (eds) Spaces of vernacular creativity: rethinking the cultural economy, Routledge, London, pp.89-105.
  • N. Argent & D.J. Walmsley (2009) From the inside looking out and the outside looking in: whatever happened to 'behavioural geography'? Geographical Research 47, 192-203
  • N. Argent. A.D. Sorensen & D.J. Walmsley (2009) Something old, something new, something borrowed, something...? Rediscovering the comparative advantage of the 'new' pastoral economies of Northern New South Wales, in G. Halseth et al. (eds) Constructing rural place in global economies, London, CABI Publishing
  • C. Gibson, J. Connell, G. Waitt, & D.J. Walmsley (2010) Cultural festivals and economic development in regional Australia, Journal of Planning Education
  • D.J. Walmsley (2008) The work-life balance: geographical perspectives on lifestyle, leisure, stuff and the future, Geographical Research 46, 245-254
  • N. Argent, F. Rolley & D.J. Walmsley The sponge city hypothesis: does it hold water? Australian Geographer 39, 109-130.
  • N. Argent & D. J. Walmsley Rural youth migration trends in Australia: an overview of recent trends and two inland case studies, Geographical Research 46, 139-152.
  • D.J. Walmsley (2006) Retail change in southern Sydney: lifestyle-linked restructuring? Urban Policy & Research 24, 509-523
  • D.J. Walmsley (2003) Rural tourism: a case of lifestyle-led opportunities, Australian Geographer Vol. 34, pp. 61-7