E-Future Enterprise Forum: Dr Char-lee Moyle presents "Are we really progressing sustainable tourism research?"

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Friday 5 June, 2020
Dr Char-lee Moyle presents
“Are we really progressing sustainable tourism research?”
Presented online, register here for link


Char-lee presents a paper (attached) that is an invited submission to a special issue on the Impact of Sustainable Tourism Research in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (ABDC = A*, Q1, IF: 4.265).  Please note this paper is on its first R&R with minor revisions, CFE members are invited to provide broader input through the E-Future Enterprise Forum.


In the 30 years since the release of the 1987 Brundtland report, academic interest in sustainable tourism has flourished with healthy debates, diverse philosophical perspectives and alternative methodologies and disciplinary approaches. While the vitality of tourism research indeed depends on such an exchanges of ideas, as the volume and diversity of research into sustainable tourism development continues to grow, so to do the criticisms that question (among other things) the usability and relevance of the concept and its practices, the lack of progress in research, and the tendency for the academy to engage in circular contributions that have done little to extend the field. This paper presents a 30-year bibliometric analysis of the four highest ranked journals in the tourism field. To examine the progress of sustainable tourism research in terms of its contributions, recommendations and proposed future research, this paper evaluates the trends and patterns in sustainable tourism research over the past three decades. The results indicate that, indeed, some topics have been circular within the 839 papers published in four leading tourism journals, but there are some notable shifts in the field.

Keywords: Tourism; Sustainability; Trends; Practice; Sustainable Development Goals

Short Bio

Dr Char-lee Moyle (also published as Char-lee McLennan) is a DITID Innovation Metrics Mid-Career Research Fellow in the Centre for Future Enterprise, Robust Enterprise Theme and previously Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at QUT. Char-lee has a PhD in Tourism Economics from the University of Queensland, for which she won multiple awards including the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, the 2012 UQ Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence and the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.

Char-lee’s research is focused in three main streams of research, specifically: 1) regional economic development and transformation; 2) strategic policy and planning; and 3) the adoption of sustainability. Char-lee has also undertaken numerous commercial research projects, including revitalizing regional tourism infrastructure, undertaking labour market analyses, investigating the gap between supply and demand for indigenous tourism and exploring strategic issues in Australian tourism. Her research has featured in various media outlets, including the Conversation, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and GreenAir Online, amongst others.

Char-lee has strong links into government and industry having previously worked as a Senior Advisor Tourism and Economic Development at the Local Government Association of Queensland, as a Research Fellow at the Griffith Institute for Tourism, as a Senior Research Analyst for Tourism Queensland, as a Research Officer responsible for the International Visitor Survey (IVS) for Tourism Research Australia (TRA) and as a Research Officer for Gold Coast City Council’s (GCCC) Tourism Branch within the Economic Development and Major Projects (EDMP) directorate.

Char-lee is a skilled practitioner with expertise in research, grant writing, data management, econometric modelling and economic development and strategy. Char-lee is the Developer of the Longitudinal Australian Business Integrated Intelligence (LABii) database and the Team Lead for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Australia. Char-lee is the ‘Data Rockstar’ for MIT’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) Team Queensland. She is proficient in numerous statistical software including STATA, Base SAS, SAS Enterprise Miner, SPSS, R, and Leximancer.




Location: Online
Start Date: 05/06/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 11am
End Date: 05/06/2020
End Time: 11.45am
RSVP By: Friday 5th of June 2020
Organiser: Centre for Future Enterprise
Enquiries: future.enterprise@qut.edu.au