Iso-CHATS past recordings – Season 3

Links to Season 3 Iso-CHATS Seminar Season recordings, insightful and topical.


3.1: Physiological measurement in tourism: Why and how | Professor Brent Ritchie (University of Queensland)

16 October 2020: An increasing number of researchers in tourism are using physiological techniques. This presentation provides an overview of why this is occurring and how these techniques could be used in tourism related settings. Examples are provided and both advantages and disadvantages of these techniques are also highlighted.

Professor Brent Ritchie is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. He is also a Distinguished University Professor in the Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University, Japan. Brent is best known for his work on risk, crisis and disaster management in tourism. A secondary focus is sustainable tourism, specifically aviation carbon offsetting and resident attitudes and responses toward tourism. Brent is a CAUTHE Fellow and an Associate Editor of Annals of Tourism Research where he manages the Curated Collection on Tourism Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

3.2: Teaching and learning in tourism: envisioning a post-pandemic pedagogy | Professor Pat Maher  (Nipissing University)

23 October 2020: Pat’s presentation will look at how we conceptualise teaching and learning fitting with research in academia.  As the world has changed drastically in the past 8 months, what have we learned about teaching and learning in higher education during this period, and what might continue to be the pain points? In a post-pandemic pedagogy, what lessons have we learned in order to be accessible, inclusive, generous, and human.

Pat Maher is Dean of Teaching and Professor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Canada.  In tourism circles, Pat is best known for his work on tourist experiences and tourism in the Polar Regions.  He is Chair of the International Polar Tourism Research Network and leads the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism. In teaching and learning circles, Pat is the recipient of a 3M National Teaching Fellow and is a Fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Much of his focus has been to bring outdoor and experiential learning into higher education.

3.3: “Tourism should complement our way of life”: Pacific peoples reflect on what they want from tourism post-pandemic | Professor Regina Scheyvens (Massey University) and Dr Apisalome Movono  (Massey University)

30 October 2020: The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating for many South Pacific countries which rely heavily on revenue from international tourism. Most governments seem keen to get back to the way things were in order to support tourism businesses and provide jobs for thousands of currently unemployed tourism sector workers across the region.  Interestingly, however, people interviewed as part of our study of Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have said they have valued the current benefits of a slow down in tourism including much more family time, time to plant food and check in on neighbours, and time attend to spiritual and cultural activities. How can future tourism then align with local aspirations in a way that enhances wellbeing?

Regina Scheyvens is Professor of Development Studies at Massey University, where she combines a passion for teaching about international development with research on tourism, community empowerment and sustainable development, especially focusing on the South Pacific. Along with books on ‘Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities’ and ‘Tourism and Poverty’, she has published many articles on these themes.

Api Movono is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University where he continues his passion for the Pacific through research and promoting development that is fair, resilient, and sustainable for future generations. His work seeks to create a more accurate understanding of Pacific Island peoples and to find solutions and long-term strategies for the many challenges Pacific Islanders face.

3.4: How ‘cold, old, wild’ are becoming sustainable tourism resources for far north-eastern China | Dr Yue Ma  (University of Tasmania)

6 November 2020 This Iso-Chat will focus on a forestry city of Hulunbuir – Genhe (根河), which is branded as China’s ‘Pole of Cold’ (中国冷极)’, located in the far north-eastern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It will explore how the destination has developed its sustainable tourism during the industrial transition period. Dr Yue Ma will use lots of pictures in her presentation to illustrate how the geographically remote location, extremely cold climate, indigenous ethnic culture, and high forest coverage have becoming tourism resources in this regional area.

Ma Yue received her PhD in December 2019 investigating the rapid socio-cultural changes in China and its influence on Chinese outbound tourists’ experiences in Tasmania. She is now a Lecturer in Tourism and Society, and a member of TRENd (Tourism Research and Education Network) at the University of Tasmania. Yue grew up in Hulunbuir, China, and came to Australia in 2013 after finishing her marketing degree in Shanghai. Her most recent research includes: cross-cultural tourism management; using WeChat in fieldwork; ‘water-gender-tourism’ nexus; Asian tourism sustainability and tourism education during pandemic.

3.5: Queering the Outback: the role of LGBTQI+ events and the impact of COVID-19 | Questions | Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta  (Edith Cowan University)

13 November 2020: In recent years, LGBTQI+ events have spread beyond the cities into more regional areas. Examples include Broome Pride (Western Australia), FABAlice in Alice Springs (Northern Territory) and Broken Heel in Broken Hill (NSW). On one hand, LGBTQI+ communities utilise gay events as mediums to communicate their identities and to seek support from broader society. On the other hand, regional destinations utilise such events to attract a varied spectrum of visitors. The proposed project aims to assess the public sentiment associated with the regional Australian pride events and explore how such communities are resisting marginalisation and exclusion.

Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta is a Lecturer in Tourism, Hospitality and Events in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Australia. Oscar is a leading expert on LGBTQI+ communities in the context of leisure, hospitality and tourism. His research interests are the sociology of tourism, tourist behaviour, and LGBTIQ+ tourism. Dr Vorobjovas-Pinta explores LGBTIQ+ travellers as neo-tribes, who come together from disparate walks of life but are united through shared sentiment, rituals and symbols.

3.6: Sensitising tourism  research to trauma | Dr Émilie Crossley (Otago Polytechnic)


20 November 2020: Trauma is a concept that appears almost exclusively within the dark tourism literature, where it is used to elucidate the psychological wounds of war, poverty and catastrophe that form the basis of tourist attractions. However, the current turbulence being experienced across the globe as the result of the pandemic, climate change, and socio-political instability invites the question of whether trauma may have broader relevance for tourism research. In this presentation, I explore scholarship from psychology, psychoanalysis, literary and cultural studies in order to advocate an epistemological orientation that may sensitise tourism researchers to trauma.

Émilie Crossley’s research explores affective dimensions of tourism such as emotional responses to poverty, cosmopolitan empathy and ecological grief. Her work aims to theorise the psychological in tourism in a non-reductive and culturally engaged way. Émilie’s research has been published in international journals including Tourism Geographies and Tourism Recreation Research. She holds a PhD from Cardiff University in Wales, where she taught social psychology for several years. Émilie is currently based at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand but will soon be taking up a postdoctoral fellowship at Hokkaido University funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in which she will research low-consumptive animal tourism.