Forum meeting – Monday 25th, 1pm – Deborah Edwards and Tony Griffin

19 Mar

After our first and very productive meeting with Deborah Stevenson (UWS), in our next meeting we will have the pleasure to host two UTS scholars: Deborah Edwards and Tony Griffin, from the Business School. They will present their work related to tourism and the city, a fascinating topic that has direct linkages to sustainability, urban planning, and the usage of the city. Their talk will be divided in two parts:

An overview of research carried out by the UTS Urban Research Program over the last decade, including:

  • Tourist experiences in urban precincts
  • Key attributes of cities for tourists
  • Urban resident perceptions of tourism
  • GPS tracking of tourists

Applications of research, e.g.:

  • Tourist wayfinding in Sydney
  • Informing planning process for Darling Harbour

Please come along and welcome Deborah and Tony on Monday, the 25th of March, at 1pm. The meeting will be held at UTS: Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), which kindly offer the space for our meetings. DAB is located at 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007. We will meet in the post-graduate space, Room 638 on Level 6. A map of the place can be found here. Coffee and beverages will be kindly offered by CMOS, Centre for Management and Organisation Studies (UTS Business School).

Here is a short profile of our speakers.

Deborah has been the principle investigator for a number of large industry studies focusing on tourists spatial behaviour, the social impacts of tourism and events and festivals, and event expenditure studies. Her extensive industry experience underpins her philosophy as a researcher and drives her to ensure that academic research is co-produced with, and communicated to, industry and relevant stakeholders in a meaningful way. Deborah views industry liaison as integral to maintaining and building cooperative and strategic partnerships between industry, government and academia.  She has written extensively on sustainable tourism including: Sustainable Tourism Planning Module; Sustainable Tourism Operations Management Module; Sustainable Meetings and Event Management Module; research agendas in private sector innovation, managing risk and crisis, corporate social responsibility, and tourism’s contribution to quality of life; and case studies on innovation for sustainable tourism. Her module on ‘Sustainable Tourism Planning’ is widely used by those working in communities in developing countries. An article destination management is consistently rated in the top 25 of Science Direct publications for tourism.

Tony is a senior lecturer in Tourism Management and was Course Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management from its inception in 1989 until 1997. He is responsible for coordinating undergraduate major industry based projects, and designed the work experience program for Tourism Management students. He has worked in urban planning at both federal and local government levels. Prior to joining UTS in 1989 he was Program Director of the Land Economy degree at Hawkesbury College (now part of UWS), where his teaching was primarily in the fields of planning, land economics and property development. Tony is a past NSW Network Coordinator for the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) and has worked on a number of research projects relating to urban and nature-based tourism, environmental accreditation of tourism operators and tourism planning for the STCRC. He has published extensively on subjects such as sustainable tourism, urban tourism precincts and tourism in national parks. Much of this research has focused on understanding the nature of tourist experiences in a variety of contexts. He has also been involved in consultancy projects dealing with resort/hotel feasibilities, tourism policy, educational requirements for festivals and events, environmental and social impacts of tourism, and tourism education and graduate career development.


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