Steven Andrew Martin

Steven Andrew Martin
Prince of Songkla University · Faculty of International Studies

PhD Environmental Management

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Introduction
My research interests fall into two main areas, namely Asian Studies, focused on ethnohistorical research on the Bunun, an Austronesian-speaking Taiwanese indigenous peoples, and Environmental Management, focused on sustainable surf tourism, coastal resources, and tourism management.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - November 2019
Prince of Songkla University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2007 - January 2020
Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Eastern Civilization Southeast Asian Civilization Thai Geography Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Studies
Education
January 2011 - January 2013
Prince of Songkla University
Field of study
  • Environmental Management
January 2007 - January 2010
Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand
Field of study
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
January 2004 - January 2006
National Chengchi University
Field of study
  • Taiwan Studies

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Publications (29)
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Through ethnohistorical studies, this paper explores social and political perspectives during the Japanese colonization of Taiwan which led to the forced resettlement of an entire indigenous society. Ethnographic life histories and translations of official Japanese police announcements are used to explore the 1941 Neibenlu (Laipunuk) Incident (內本鹿事...
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This paper offers an ethnographic life history account of a Bunun hunter, Tama Biung Istanda, from Laipunuk, Taiwan, based on academic research and fieldwork. Audio-visual tapes recorded by the author in Taitung County, Taiwan, were reviewed and translated alongside extant Chinese, Japanese and English sources. The study constructs a remembered lif...
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This study surveys the available English-language literature and learning resources covering the field of Thai geography, and provides historical review of Thai geography education and an inventory of relevant, accessible materials for ASEAN and international undergraduate students, educators and researchers. We note that the discipline and context...
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This paper develops a social science weighting schema for surf tourism planning and sustainable development, eco-tourism, and conservation studies using surf tourism as a representative worked example. Assessment scores from a previously published surf resource sustainability field study of nine beaches in Phuket, Thailand, were weighted against da...
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The paper is about using an English language course and development of an undergraduate textbook on Thai geography to introduce international students to Thailand and also provide a course in English that Thai students would be easily able to relate to and interact with international students. The discipline of geography has a long history in Thail...
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Over the past century, the Bunun people, an Austronesian-speaking indigenous culture of Taiwan, have withstood acute marginalization resulting from outside incursion, particularly from the Japanese (1895–1945) and the Nationalist Government (since 1945). However, in recent years democratic reforms ushered in opportunities for cultural conservation...
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A ‘system boundary’ is a theoretical concept in environmental science representing the intersecting and interrelated human and physical elements in the natural world at a given site. This chapter develops a system boundary discussion on surf sites, recognizing ‘surf system boundaries’ as more than the beach and sea; they encompass numerous stakehol...
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For centuries the Bunun, an Austronesian-speaking indigenous culture, lived in relative isolation deep in the rugged mountains of Taiwan. However, subjugation policies and practices of the Japanese Colonial Empire on Taiwan (1895-1945) centered on the mandatory acceptance of Japanese culture and language and resulted in the loss of heritage and hom...
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The growth of surfing activities and surf tourism has gained significant attention in the academia during the past decade. This paper is aimed at developing a framework of indicators and methods used in assessing the sustainability factors of surf sites. The research puts forward a Surf Resource Sustainability Index (SRSI) as a conceptual model to...
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Social change and marginalization of the Bunun, an ethnolinguistic group from southern Taiwan, who migrated to the Laipunuk watershed in the 19th century.
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The sustainability and conservation of coastal surfing resources have gained considerable attention in the twenty-first century. Scholars, graduate students, not-for-profit organizations, and commercial and governmental sectors have entered the surf tourism research field in order to better understand and manage surf sites. This research investigat...
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The research seeks to measure the conservation aptitude of nine surf beaches in Phuket, Thailand by employing the Surf Resource Sustainability Index, an assessment methodology comprising 27 social, economic, environmental and governance indicators used to frame and quantify attributes for conservation development. The research identifies and docume...
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Martin, S. A. (2013). The surf resource sustainability index and Thailand case trial. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.
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Martin, S. A. (2013). Surf tourism and resource sustainability in Phuket, Thailand. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.
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As a consequence of globalisation, higher education in the United Kingdom has witnessed an increased demand in international education at the postgraduate level among foreign and domestic students. This research compares learning experiences and learning style preferences among Thai and British postgraduate students in the United Kingdom. Responden...
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Surf tourism is a rapidly expanding market segment of the wider sport tourism industry and the purpose of this study is to provide an analytical interpretation of surf tourism research. Published and unpublished literature from 1997 through to 2011 was collected through searching a variety of academic databases and communicating directly with the a...
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Surf tourism is a rapidly expanding market segment of the wider tourism industry and the purpose of this study is to provide an analytical representation of surf tourism research literature. Tracing the development of surf tourism research produced from 1997 through 2010, published and unpublished materials were collected through a mixture of inqui...
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The Bunun are one of the indigenous groups of Taiwan that have a rich history of living in the high-mountains. The region of Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu) was once a group of mountain villages and among the last frontier areas to be annexed into Imperial Japan in Taiwan. The remoteness of the region, coupled with the late arrival of Japanese forces, afford...
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Surfing and surf tourism run parallel: they are focused upon location-specific destinations where natural resources and phenomena occur conducive to the sport, and traveling for the sake of surfing new places is as old as the sport itself. The research investigates the broad environment of Thailand through the survey and assessment of coastal resou...
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Over the previous decade, concern for the value, management, and conservation of coastal surfing resources is evident in the research literature and the touristic academy. However, the vast majority of research is centered on prolific surfing destinations, especially Indo-Pacific islands, where experienced surfers seek world-class waves. Comparativ...
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Framed as an exploratory research of Thailand’s physical environment, this study identifies and assesses the natural surfing resources of the Andaman Coast, including the sources, types and locations of waves in relationship to the regional and coastal topography. Underpinning the research is the collection and review of the literature on coastal r...
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This thesis is a compilation of ethnographic narrative and ethnohistorical research in the form of a case study of the Bunun people of the Laipunuk geographic region of Taiwan. The research encompasses the life experiences of three members of the Istanda family, with cross verification of narrative history from extant documentation where possible....
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Explores the personal and educational experience of a student studying abroad in China with the University of Hawaii and Peking University.
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Experiential essay exploring how the dream of international travel matches up with reality.

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