The Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism CRC Education Program

The STCRC has four categories of potential scholarship support that applicants can apply for. STCRC scholarships are normally awarded to Australian citizens and permanent residents. In addition, there are two further categories of support grant available under the STCRC education program (career development & travel grants).

Sustainable Tourism CRC Scholarships and Grants
The STCRC has four categories of potential scholarship support that applicants can apply for. STCRC scholarships are normally awarded to Australian citizens and permanent residents. In addition, there are two further categories of support grant available under the STCRC education program (career development & travel grants).

STCRC Scholarship Information

International Travel Grants

Sustainable Tourism CRC PhD Supervisors (Return to top)
The STCRC and partner universities have an agreement that for a student to be awarded a STCRC scholarship the principal supervisor will generally be an academic STCRC participant who meets the supervisory requirements of the university partner.

To assist students in identifying appropriate supervisors the STCRC have compiled a register of STCRC PhD supervisors outlining contact information, areas of expertise and recent publications.

STCRC PhD Supervisors

To enable students to have access to a full list of STCRC PhD supervisors we ask all potential PhD supervisors from STCRC partner universities to complete a brief questionnaire that can be accessed by clicking on the link below. To be considered as a STCRC registered PhD supervisor you are required to complete this questionnaire.


Sustainable Tourism CRC PhD Students (Return to top)

The Sustainable Tourism CRC has supported 170 PhD scholars since its inception through a suite of scholarships and the provision of a Career Development Program. The Sustainable Tourism CRC currently supports over 90 postgraduate students. All are of exceptional academic standard. Most hold a first class honours degree and many have also received university awards for excellence. All our supplementary scholarship holders also hold an APA or university-equivalent scholarship.


STCRC Student Research Profiles

Sustainable Tourism CRC Completed PhD Students (Return to top)
STCRC fund PhD research in fields including tourism management; environmental science; engineering and design; information and communication technology; and economics. The STCRC Career Development program assists students in identifying career opportunities within their field as well as improving students ability to communicate their research and identify avenues for commercialisation of their research.

The future researchers in Sustainable Tourism are listed below:

2006 Andrew Growcock

Topic:Impacts of Camping and Trampling on Australian Alpine and Subalpine Vegetation and Soils
What next: Andrew is currently enjoying working for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on a variety of Park Management Issues. He hopes to continue undertaking work that addresses visitor management in protected areas and is currently trying to get several papers completed for publication. He is also very much looking forward to his wedding in September and a subsequent holiday break from it all!
Completion Report

Narelle King
Topic:Tourism based on reintroductions of threatened mammals: Achieving positive conservation outcomes
What next: Narelle is currently working as an eco tourism consultant for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), in Xi’An, China. She is working on WWF China’s Qinling Conservation and Economic Development Project, which aims to increase the population size and available habitat for Giant Pandas in the Qinling Mountains. In the future, I hope to continue to work in the international development area, using tourism as a tool to achieve conservation and community development.
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Jennifer Laing
Topic:Extraordinary Journeys: Motivations behind Frontier Travel Experiences and Their Implications for Tourism Marketing
What next: Jennifer is currently teaching in the Masters of Tourism program run by the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and working part-time as a Research Coordinator at the Tourism Research Unit, Monash University. Her aim is to obtain full tenure in a university as a tourism academic and to publish a number of journal papers and possibly a book based on her thesis.
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Meredith Lawrence
Topic:Unravelling the Complexities of Tourist Destination Systems: Policy Networks and Issues Cycles in Byron Bay 1988 to 2005
What next: Meredith returned to her lecturing position in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Southern Cross University, on completion of her PhD and has been appointed Deputy Director of the Centre for Regional Tourism Research. Meredith will be leading a three year research project titled ‘Sustainable Regional Destination Development’ that will examine best practice principles for destination development, marketing and management. This project is supported by the STCRC and the Australian Regional Tourism Network.
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Dean Miller
Topic:Towards Sustainable Use of Ecologically Important Natural Resources by an Economically Important Tourism Industry in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
What next: Dean is currently employed as Industry Engagement Officer for the Tourism & Recreation Group, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Dean is very keen to speak at a future STCRC Career Development Workshop and pass on his experiences as he is currently mentoring five PhD students about the PhD process and how to survive it. Much of the advice he provides them has been learnt through STCRC workshops attended.
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Benxiang Zeng
Topic:The Effects of Tourism Development on Local Poor People: A Case Study of Qinling Mountain Region,Shaanxi Province, China
What next: Benxiang plans to continue his academic career in Australia and is currently applying for positions.
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Tamara van Polanen Patel
Topic:Effects of Human Activity on Weddell Seals (Leptonychotes Weddellii) in Antarctica
What next: Tamara is currently writing papers from her PhD thesis to submit to journals. She is also working as a demonstrator at the University of Tasmania in the School of Zoology. Tamara is planning to travel overseas in the near future and investigate work opportunities over there. At this stage Tamara is just enjoying my newfound freedom and recuperating from the final slog!
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Yan Zhang
Topic:Modelling International Tourist Destination Choice and its Application to a less Frequented Destination
What next:Six months prior to Yan Zhang’s formal completion of her Ph.D. research, she was awarded the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award to pursue her study on international tourist choice behaviour as a short-term post-doctorate research project. This project will be launched in August 2005 and will focus on the role of Chinese travel agents in the development of China-Australia tourism business. Ways to improve these agents’ support for regional travel in Australia will be sought in this research. Meanwhile, she is applying for other grants to help with this research project.
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Nick Holmes
Topic:The Effects of Human Activity on Subantarctic Penguins on Macquarie Island
What next:When finished, Nick will be working as an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. This will involve projects begun during his PhD, including an analysis of historical and contemporary mercury levels in seabirds, investigating various aspects of tourism in Antarctica, and continuing to dabble as a naturalist and biologist in that region.
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Farshid Hamouyini
Topic:Evaluation of the Performance of Co2 Barriers in Preventing the Deterioration of Concrete Structures Located in Australian Coastal Regions
What next:Farshid is waiting on the examiners reports and hoping to find a permanent position in Australia in the near future.
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Dona Whiley
Topic:Environmentalism, Sustainable Development and Organisational Culture: Tourism Accommodation and the Drivers of Sustainable Practice
What next:Dona is currently working as a casual lecturer in Recreation Management and Visitor Services at University of Queensland, Gatton Campus. Dona is awaiting the final examiners report on her thesis and once finalised plans to further develop her dissertation into a number of papers and contribute to teaching and learning within tourism.
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David Callaghan
Topic:Issues at the Frontiers of Coastal Morphodynamics Modelling
What next:David is currently undertaking further research at the University of Queensland’s coastal engineering centre headed by A/Prof Peter Nielsen. The topics currently being investigated are: Pacific atoll lagoon flushing (driven by waves and not ocean tides); extreme waves generation by accelerating tropical cyclones (e.g., tropical cyclone Heta near Niue); and profile modelling for coastal hazard assessment.
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Jennifer Lynes
Topic:The role of international environmental standards for minimizing inflight waste in the airline industry
What next: Jennifer is currently working as Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, a joint appointment between the Faculty of Environmental Entrepreneurship and Technology. She is teaching courses in Environment & Business, Marketing and Communications for Entrepreneurs and Local Economic Development. She has applied for funding to continue her research on the motivations for the environmental commitment of international airlines and plans to do case studies of four more airlines in different geo-political regions around the world.
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Clare Baker
Topic:Australian glow-worms (Diptera: Keroplatidae: Arachnocampa sp): Identity, diversity and management
What next:Initially upon finishing, Claire took a job as a research assistant at the University of Queensland. Claire has recently (5th June 2004) taken up a new position on Tamborine Mountain, managing an artificially built glow-worm cave. The aim of the cave is to take some of the pressure off the popular nighttime tourist destinations within National Parks. This project is also aiming to provide a guaranteed glow-worm display for our visitors, which is otherwise impossible in natural settings. The cave is planned to open in October 2004 to the public and have a major launch early next year.
The major tour companies on the Gold Coast have been contacted to get their feedback on this proposed product. Claire really loves the challenges of her new job and is enjoying the time it allows her to interact with people again after such a long stint in pure research! She would like to keep in touch with the STCRC students and let them know there is light at the end of the tunnel!
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Judith Bennet
Topic:Indigenous entrepreneurship, social capital and tourism enterprise development: Lessons from Cape York
What next:Judy has now completed her PhD and is responding to phenomenal demand for copies of her thesis requested by government and development agencies, philanthropic organisations, libraries, and academics. One respondent of a Cooktown visitor survey said ‘reading Judy Bennett’s thesis’ was the highlight of her holiday. Now how many PhD students can say that! When time permits Judy is planning to find a publisher for her thesis.
Judy is staying in Cape York working with Willie Gordon, the Elder she worked with to start his tourism business, Buurrbi Tours, training other members of his community and helping him to expand his business. With him Judy is working to develop an Aboriginal cultural trail on the Cape, linking established Indigenous tours, and assisting potential Aboriginal tour operators develop their products. She is also doing some consultancy work for various philanthropic organisations and is the Regional Representative in Cape York for First Australians Business – a not-for-profit organisation which supports Indigenous enterprise through enterprise workshops and mentoring partnerships. In Cooktown, Judy is on the executive of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, a group of people working together to promote the area – an ongoing struggle with fierce competition from Cairns – and they are beginning to see some good results. The success of Guurrbi Tours has been very much a contributory factor – many visitors travelling the 330 kms from Cairns just to do Willie’s rock art tour. On the academic front Judy presented at the AIATSIS Conference with Willie Gordon in November, but has had to turn down invitations to present papers at both CAUTHE and the Entrepreneurship Conference in Melbourne earlier this year due to lack of funding. She is also contributing a chapter to a book on Indigenous Tourism edited by Jeremy Buultjens.
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Heather Clark
Topic:Consumer information search behaviour prior to buying a major service experience: An empirical analysis of search types among international travellers
What next:After completing her thesis in December 2004, Heather accepted a faculty position at Niagara College (Ontario, Canada). Her academic interests (research and teaching) are in the area of tourism marketing research, rural tourism, consumer information source use and tourism planning.
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Nick Cartwright
Topic:Groundwater Dynamics and the Salinity Structure in Sandy Beaches
What next:Nick is currently employed as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Engineering on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus where he teaches courses in coastal hydrodynamics and morphology and catchment hydrology. Nick is working towards establishing groundwater experimental facilities within the school and continues to work on collaborative projects with colleagues from the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.
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Career Development Program (Return to top)

The Sustainable Tourism CRC Education Program supports a range of research, professional and career development activities. These include generic research training workshops, generic skills workshops, and attendance at academic and industry tourism conferences. The Education Program aims to deepen students’ understanding of broader tourism issues, to develop an appreciation of research needs within the tourism industry, to provide opportunities for students to network with other PhDs, academics and tourism industry stakeholders, to outline and assist students in the process of commercialisation of research outcomes, and to inform students of career opportunities available to them on completion of their PhD.

Student activities that have been facilitated by the program over the last 12 months include:

STCRC Career Development Workshop, Noosa Heads, June 2006: Forty four PhD scholars attended the Noosa PhD Career Development Workshop (CDW) at Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Heads, Queensland from 25 to 28 June 2006. All STCRC Scholarship recipients were invited to attend and feedback from attendees was very positive. This workshop was facilitated by Prof Beverley Sparks, Director STCRC Education Program. See full report under link to STCRC PhD Career Development Workshops below.

Bill Faulkner PhD Workshop Feb 2006: Funded by STCRC and CAUTHE, sixty three PhD students attended this workshop in Melbourne from Saturday 4 February to Monday 6 February 2006 coinciding with the CAUTHE Conference. This workshop was facilitated by Prof Leo Jago, Deputy CEO STCRC and Prof Beverley Sparks, Director STCRC Education Program with international and Australian academics with expertise in the hospitality and tourism field contributing.

STCRC Career Development Workshop July 2005: Fifty STCRC PhD scholars attended the July 2005 Career Development Workshop held at Coolangatta, Queensland from Tuesday 19 July to Thursday 21 July. The program was facilitated by Prof Beverley Sparks, Director STCRC Education Program, and Prof Leo Jago, Deputy CEO STCRC.

May 2005 Melbourne PhD student network function

January – February 2005 STCRC PhD Career Development Workshop & CAUTHE Conference Alice Springs, Northern Territory: – This workshop was held in Alice Springs to coincide with CAUTHE 2005 and was facilitated by Prof Leo Jago, Deputy CEO STCRC, and As/Prof Marg Deery, Principle Research Fellow STCRC. Thirty three STCRC PhD scholars attended the workshop on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 January followed by attendance at the CAUTHE PhD forum on Tuesday 1 February and the CAUTHE Conference from Wednesday 2 February to Saturday 5 February. The CAUTHE PhD forum provided the students with the opportunity to discuss their research with non STCRC PhD’s and receive feedback from a panel of academics. Thirteen STCRC students presented research papers at the CAUTHE Conference.