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Agri-food and rural tourism


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Researchers associated with the Food, Wine and Agri-tourism group are interested in analysing tourist experiences based around the processes and products of agri-food (e.g. winery visitation, , food-based tourism, farm experiences, food and wine festivals). This research interest extends to analysis of the potential of agri-food tourism as a tool for rural development, and as an element of regional branding.

Researchers are committed to understanding these issues from the perspective of producers, consumers and the community in which the phenomenon occurs.

Staff involved:
Jo Fountain, Tracy Berno (Adjunct), Mike Mackay, Michael Shone

Tourism and protected areas


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Researchers associated with the Tourism and Protected Areas group are interested in determining the key drivers of change in protected area destinations at the local, regional, national and/or international scales (including, for instance, the influences of climate change, ‘peak oil’, financial crises, political security etc).

Researchers are also interested in protected areas and the visitor experience, including the meanings and values associated with protected areas; understanding potential value conflicts between diverse interests in natural resource areas (conservation, tourism, outdoor recreation, agriculture, forestry, mining, hydro-electricity generation etc); and evaluating visitor engagement outcomes in conservation settings.

Staff involved:
Stephen Espiner, Emma Stewart, Jude Wilson

Tourism, governance and destination planning


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Staff involved:
David Simmons, Michael Shone, Mike Mackay, Jude Wilson, Emma Stewart

Tourism, disaster, risk and resilience


Researchers are interested in tourism community preparedness for, and responses to, disasters (at various scales); tourism sector characteristics of vulnerability and resilience; and dimensions of risk perception, risk management and risk communication.

Staff involved:
Susanne Becken (Adjunct), David Simmons, Mike Mackay, Stephen Espiner