The Tourism Development research theme possesses a strong track record in sustainable tourism research. Our work includes collaborative research across CQUniversity, within Australia and internationally, and aligns with the needs of our stakeholders which include communities, the tourism industry, and the tourism research community. Our research is both theoretical and applied and adopts a quadruple bottom line methodology based on the view that tourism development has environmental, economic, community (social) and governance impacts. We strive to ensure that our research enriches the communities in which we work, with much of our researcher’s work stemming from genuine community need. Our research includes regular and long-term monitoring of tourism and community through survey work, which allows us to build and test a range of theoretical models and frameworks. Our engagement strategies also ensure that research findings can be disseminated to the public and industry partners.
Our current research focus areas include:
- Sustainable destinations in a time of disruptive change
- Strengthening regional areas through tourism
- Tourism in a low-carbon economy
THEME LEADER - PROFESSOR BRUCE PRIDEAUX
Professor Bruce Prideaux is the course co-Ordinator of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management at CQU. Bruce’s research interests include climate change, the impacts of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy on tourism, crisis and disaster management, tourism transport, regional tourism development, rural tourism and sustainable tourism.
Bruce's latest projects include a book on tourism models and theories and an edited book on tourism in agricultural areas. Bruce has published 120 referred papers, 85 book chapters and 11 books.
RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREE ACTIVITIES
Professor Bruce Prideaux