Best PhD Scholar’s Paper

The  Best PhD Scholar’s Paper is presented in memory of Bill Faulkner (1945-2002), Professor of Tourism at Griffith University and Deputy CEO of Australian’s Centre of Co-operative Research in Sustainable Tourism. Professor Faulkner was widely know internationally for his publications in many research journals and many contributions at conferences. In Australia he was generally and deservedly regarded as the country’s most prominent leader of research on tourism. Professor Faulkner was instrumental in the formation of CAUTHE and the development of its annual conference into one of the foremost international tourism and hospitality research conferences. The award was introduced at the 2002 Annual Conference in Fremantle to honour his memory and recognise the influence his work.

In addition to the selection criteria outlined for the Best Full paper, the PhD Best paper has to be a full refereed paper with the student as the primary author and the only acceptable co-authors being the author’s registered supervisors. The winning scholar is presented a certificate at the Annual Conference Dinner.

Previous Winners

2024 Oscar Yuheng Zhu, The University of Queensland, Australia, Should the risk of social desirability bias in survey studies be assessed at the level of each pro-environmental behaviour? with supervisors Dr Danyelle Greene and Prof Sara Dolnicar, The University of Queensland, Australia.

2023 Angela Lee, Curtin University, Australia, Institutional elements affecting organisational human resource development practices: A study on the hospitality sector of Myanmar, co-authored by Professor Kirsten Holmes and Associate Professor Htwe Htwe Theim from Curtin University

2022 Madhuri Fernando, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Multi-actor value co-creation in community-based tourism, co-authored by Civilai Leckie, Ryan Jopp, Hassan Kalantari Daronkola & Lester W Johnson from Swinburne University of Technology

2021 Ding Xu, James Cook University, I like your travel vlog: Delineating viewers’ consumption and production, co-authored by Dr Tingzhen Chen and Dr Zohre Mohammadi from James Cook University

2020  Roopa Sreedhar, Victoria University, Melbourne, The potential and pitfalls of tourism education in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals: a case study of Karnataka, India, co-authored by Dr. Joanne Pyke and Dr. Siew Fang Law, Victoria University

2019 Jing (Lydia) Li, James Cook University, New connections from being disconnected: digital free tourism and rewarding experiences, co-authored by Philip L. Pearce and Tingzhen Chen from James Cook University

2018 Lizette Olivier, The University of Newcastle, Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Customer Perceived Value of Periodic Hallmark Events, co-authored by Jamie Carlson, The University of Newcastle

2017 Ambrozio Correa de Queiroz Neto, Griffith University, Re-thinking destination competitiveness: The investigation of customer value in scuba diving tourism

2016 Elaine Chiao Ling Yang, Griffith University, Australia  ‘Are You Crazy?’: Exploring the Risk Perceptions of Asian Solo Female Travellers, co-authored by supervisor(s) Dr Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore and Associate Professor Charles Arcodia, Griffith University

2015 Jane Godfrey, University of Technology, Sydney for paper titled Neo-colonialism and the volunteer tourist gaze: commercial volunteer tourism in Cusco, Peru co-authored by supervisors Stephen Wearing and Nico Schulenkorf

2014  Allison Anderson, James Cook University, Integrated mega-resorts: The clash between public interest and neoliberalism, co-authored by supervisor Prof Bruce Prideaux

2013  Debbie Hopkins, University of Otago, Social Perceptions of Climate Change in Queenstown’s Ski Industry: A Framework of Contextual Vulnerability

2013 Serli Wijaya, Victoria University, International visitor encounters with local food: a preliminary conceptual framework co-authored and supervised by Brian King and Thu-Houng Nguyen, Victoria University

2013 Highly Commended paper

  • Jessica Taplin, Southern Cross University, Programme Monitoring and Evaluation in Volunteer Tourism: Towards a critical approach co-authored and supervised by Dianne Dredge and Pascal Scherrer, Southern Cross University

2012 Michelle Thompson, James Cook University, Segmenting visitors to Tropical North Queensland by Travel Motives, co-authored by Professor Bruce Prideaux

2011 Richard N.S. Robinson, University of Queensland, ‘Blending’ Social Constructionism and Labour Mobility

2010 Ann Surawaree Ashton, University of Queensland, Hotel restaurant dining: the relationship between perceived value and intention to purchase by Ann Suwaree Ashton and Noel Scott, The University of Queensland

2009 Michael Shone, Lincoln University, NZ, Changing paradigms: the case of tourism and development in the Hurunui District, New Zealand

2008 Naomi Pocock, University of Waikato, Roof, relationships, roots: A hermeneutical understanding of why returnees from long-term travel may be considered homeless

2007 Michael Gross, University of South Australia, Tourists and places: an empirical structural model.

2006 Anne Eastgate, Griffith University, The Development of a Generic Tourism Benefits Scale

2006 Meredith Lawrence, Southern Cross University. MGS Architects Award for best PhD paper on sustainability, Urban or tourism development? An analysis of stakeholder involvement in tourism development processes and policy in Byron Bay

2005 Ian Knowd, University of Western Sydney, Tourism as panacea: Exploring the role of tourism in non-tourism development agendas

2004 Aggie Wegner, Murdoch University

2003 Lisa Beesley, Griffith University

2002 Christof Pforr, Curtin University of Technology