Prof Dr Walter Jamieson MCIP

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College of Innovation, Thammasat University



For more than 35 years Walter Jamieson has worked to bridge the academic and consultancy worlds through creativity, innovative and out‐of‐the‐box thinking. His activities have been based on a sound set of responsible and sustainable values and principles. His activities in‐ clude: early work in Canada using tourism and heritage resources as tools for community and economic development, research and consultancy work in China, extensive community‐based tourism work in Asia, exploring the power of tourism as a tool for economic and social development, and leadership in creating an innovative service curriculum in Thailand.

Through his interdisciplinary education and experience, he brings creative thinking and practice in a number of areas through an integrated approach to analysis and problem‐solving. He has shared this development as a consultant, teacher, trainer, author, facilitator and researcher in more than 20 countries. He has been a member of faculty and management at universities in the United States, Canada, Thailand and Japan. His academic experience has been coupled with a wide range of consultancy projects.

Based on a sound understanding of adult learning and development models he has been involved in a wide range of capacity building exercises in many parts of the world. As a professional planner he sees it as his responsibility to transfer knowledge and create learning and enabling environments that ensure public and private sector stake‐ holders can achieve their full potential.

He has held a number of executive positions in national and international organizations.

A full academic CV and references are available upon request.


 – Sustainable and responsible development.

 – Tourism planning and development at the international, national, metropolitan and local level with special expertise in destination management, visitor management, disaster preparedness, community‐based tourism,  and cultural/heritage tourism.

 –  Service innovation and delivery.

 –  Creative industries within the context of urban and regional planning and development.

 – Talent management in hospitality, tourism, urban planning and heritage resource management. (Includes needs assessment, course design and delivery, distance delivery, facilitation and train‐the‐trainers initiatives).

 – Heritage resource management and planning with a focus on heritage sites/ areas and interpretation.

 – Project management and building/motivating productive teams.


Walter Jamieson has been director and a member of a number of international consulting groups. He has also been director of several university‐based consultancies. Clients include the United Nations World Tourism Organization, UNESCAP, UNESCO, SNV, ADB, World Bank, ASEAN, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand. He has independently or through institutional activities conducted over a 100 public as well as private sector projects at an international, national, as well as the local level.

Selected consultancy accomplishments include:

  • Team leader for developing the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan and the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy.
  • Participation in a number of AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd. projects throughout Asia.
  • Team leader responsible for an ADB funded project developing a national tourism development plan for Cambodia
  • Cooperation with UNESCO and PATA on an impact study for Luang Prabang in Lao PDR.
  • Pioneering work with UNESCAP in exploring the role of tourism in poverty reduction.
  • Conducting a wide number of community‐based tourism projects in Southeast Asia. The Klong Kwang community‐based study in Thailand has become a model for many other tourism community‐based projects in developing economies.
  • Visitor management plans for UNESCO for Vat Phou (Lao PDR) and Sukhothai (Thailand) World Heritage Sites which include dhistoric preservation, economic development, visitor management interpretation and tourism development dimensions.
  • Pioneering studies in Canada linking historic preservation, economic and tourism development.
  • Development of the plans for the first historic area and the first ecomuseum in western Canada.


– Over 60 capacity building and professional development courses and workshops throughout the world.

– Preparation and delivery of 140 interdisciplinary papers and presentations throughout the world.

– Independently and collaboratively responsible for 100 publications ranging from books to refereed articles to manuals and workbooks.

– Founding Director of the Historical Resources Intern Program, Univer‐ sity of   Calgary, Canada including the design and management of the first heritage resource management certificate program in Canada.


– Elected into the College of Fellows, Canadian Institute of Planners.

– Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to heritage preservation and tourism in Canada.

– Heritage Canada Lieutenant Governors’ Award.

– Recognition as one of the leaders at the University of Calgary for outstanding achievement at the annual Celebration of Excellence for contributions to the University of Calgary and the community.

– Recognition by ICOMOS Canada for contributions as its representative at the international level.

– Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Calgary.

– Association for Preservation Technology Award for Outstanding Service.

– Award by Calgary City Council for work in historic preservation in Calgary.


– Director and Professor, Service Innovation Program, College of Innovation, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

– Distinguished Fellow in Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

– Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development Specialist, AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd


– Dean and Professor of Tourism and Travel Industry Management, School  of Travel Industry Management , University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA.

– Professor of Planning and Associate Dean, Research and Outreach, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada.

– Professor and Coordinator of Urban Environmental Management Program, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.