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Prof. Dr. Michael Hall

C. Michael Hall is currently Professor in Marketing and Tourism in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, joining the department at the start of 2007. He is also currently Docent in Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; a Visiting Professor in tourism, School of Business & Economics, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden and a Guest Professor in the Department of Service Management at Lund Helsingborg campus, Sweden. He is also a frequent visitor to the geography department, Umeå University also in Sweden. Prior positions in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere include Professor in Tourism at the University of Otago where he was also head of department for six years; Professor of Tourism and Service Management at Victoria University of Wellington; Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and Centre for Tourism Studies, University of Eastern Finland; and Honorary Professor in the Department of Marketing, Stirling University, Scotland. His doctorate is in geography from the University of Western Australia, from which he also received an honours degree in politics. His masters is from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in geography/resource management. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Umeå in Sweden (2008), Oulu in Finland (2012) and Lund University, Sweden (2016). According to Google Scholar analysis for the category of tourism he is currently the most cited scholar in the area and is also very highly cited in geography, regional development, sustainability and global environmental change. In 2009 he was named the Elsevier ScienceDirect ‘For Great Thinking’, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences category winner. Current research is focusing on degrowth; global environmental change; resilience; disaster response (especially in relation to earthquakes, floods, heatwaves, climate change); biodiversity loss; behavioural interventions for sustainability; social marketing; regional development; sustainable foodways; halal food and hospitality; World Heritage; tourism and public transport; active transport; servicescapes; walking; and privacy issues in tourism and hospitality.


Prof. Dr. Noel Scott

Noel Scott, is Adjunct Professor of Tourism Management, in the Sustainable Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. His research interests include the study of tourism experiences, and destination management and marketing. He is a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences. He has over 300 academic publications including 17 books. He has supervised 30 doctoral students to successful completion of their theses. He is on the Editorial Board of 10 journals, a member of the International Association of China Tourism Scholars and a Fellow of the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gretzel

Ulrike Gretzel is currently a Visiting Professor of Professional Practice at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California.


Before joining USC, she was a Professor in the Business School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She also held full time appointments at the University of Wollongong and Texas A&M University and taught courses at IULM in Milan, Italy and MODUL University in Vienna, Austria. She received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a master’s degree in International Business from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


Her research focuses on persuasion in human-technology interactions, information search and processing, electronic decision aids, smart technologies, online and social media marketing, adoption and use of technologies, as well as non-adoption and digital detox. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Council, the National Research Foundation of Korea, the US National Science Foundation, the US National Endowment for the Humanities, the US National Park Service, Parks Canada, TripAdvisor, the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and a number of national, regional and local tourism organizations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


She has published over 150 peer reviewed articles in major, tourism and marketing journals. She has co-edited several books on social media marketing and tourism.

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Prof. Dr. Haywantee Ramkissoon

Haywantee (Rumi) Ramkissoon is a Research Professor (Full) of Tourism Marketing at the University of Derby, UK. She leads the visitor economy research group. She is also affiliated with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her scholarship in sustainability research e.g., sustainable tourism, corporate social responsibility, place attachment, cultural tourism, pro-environmental behavior, public health has gained international significance evidenced by media coverage, prestigious awards and academic and industry keynotes. She engages in collaborative research with national and international academic and industry partners for the benefits of individuals and society. She serves on several editorial advisory boards of top-tier journals and as a reviewer across disciplines.


Prof. Dr. Tom Baum

Tom Baum is a Professor and Head of the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation in the Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and a specialist in the study of employment, education and training in the context of the international tourism and hospitality industry. He has over 35 years’ experience in vocational and higher education and specialises in workforce planning, curriculum development, programme design and assessment. Tom has published ten books and over 175 scientific papers in the context of vocational education and training. He has supervised over 35 PhD students to completion and acted as External Examiner to over 50 doctorates in 6 countries. Tom has worked with a variety of international agencies in his area of specialisation, including the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNWTO, COMCEC and the EU. He holds or have held visiting appointments to universities in Australia, Estonia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Wales. I have been a panel member and chair for institutional and programme reviews in 12 countries.

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Prof. Dr. Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Business Unit, University of South Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor with Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo. Her work focuses on social justice, human rights and sustainability issues in tourism and affiliated sectors. She is the co-editor of the book Socialising Tourism: Rethinking Tourism for Social and Ecological Justice due out in August 2021. She has won awards for excellence in teaching, research, industry engagement and media presence.

Freya's  work focuses on the impacts of tourism, tourism policy and planning, tourism sustainability, Indigenous tourism, politics of tourism and peace through tourism. Geographical areas of interest include Indigenous Australia, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and the Asia-Pacific region. Recent research projects have explored Aboriginal tourism, sustainable cafes, native foods in restaurants and tourism's role in peace and conflict. She is a recipient of a Council of Australiasian University Educators in Tourism and Hospitality Fellows Award for a significant contribution to hospitality and tourism research and education in 2013.

Her research is focused on projects that deliver new insights into the tourism phenomenon and that advocate a more just and sustainable tourism future.  Her work is engaged and she has formed research partnerships with tourism and hospitality stakeholders.  She particularly tries to work with "host communities" and the NGO sector who seek to shape tourism to their needs and for positive futures. She has conducted engaged research with Aboriginal tourism operators, an events organiser, a cafe owner and sustainability advocate, tourism NGOs, among others. She received a commendation for industry collaboration in 2014 from the UniSA Business School.