PhD and ECR Workshop

Focus and themes

The workshops are held annually and feature targeted parallel sessions which allow PhDs and ECRs at different stages to share experiences and explore key challenges.

The Name ‘Bill Faulkner’

Bill Faulkner (1945-‐2002) was Professor of Tourism and Director, Centre for Tourism & Hotel Management Research at Griffith University, Australia. He was also Deputy CEO and Director of Research of Australia’s Centre of Co-operative Research in Sustainable Tourism. Professor Faulkner was generally and deservedly regarded as the ‘father of tourism research’ in Australia, having spent 20 years in the field, first within government and then in academia. He was a visionary whose impact on the field extended well beyond Australia. He was known internationally for his numerous publications in research journals and frequent contribution at various conferences around the world. In Australia, he 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. CAUTHE proudly offers the PhD and ECR workshop in memory of Bill Faulkner.

Key outcomes

The workshop provides research development activities such as managing a PhD research journey, research methodology, research skills, journal publication and grant application-related skills. Personalised mentoring discussions about career development with internationally renowned academics and informal networking with fellow scholars.

Past workshops


  • The workshop was held on Monday 10 February 2020 at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus, New Zealand. Participants were welcomed at the gateway to AUT, Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae. The program included an interactive session on your PhD / ECR research and teaching elevator pitch. This was followed by concurrent sessions ‘The First Five Years’ | ‘Resilience beyond the PhD journey’ and ‘The Examiner’s Voice’ | ‘Building a teaching portfolio’. There were small group discussions by research approach. Finally mentoring was provided by senior academics who shared their own experiences and insightful advice into strategic thinking and approaches for developing a successful long-term academic career. CAUTHE 2020 Workshops Program


  • The workshop, held on Monday 11 February, at the Pullman International Cairns, included:
    • PhDs: developing a teaching narrative, surviving your PhD and thereafter, research methodologies
    • ECRs: research & engagement, demonstrating impact and a research speed dating activity
    • Conjointly: Meet the Editors’ Panel session and targeted mentoring sessions with senior academics.
    • CAUTHE 2019 Workshops Program


  • The workshop at CAUTHE 2018 was held on Monday 5 February at the University of Newcastle. Topics included:
    • PhDs: Preparing for the Job Market | Pathways from PhD: Transferring Academic Knowledge to Industry Careers | No-Supervisors-Allowed Secret Session: Dialogues with recent PhD Graduates | Getting Published: Meet the Editors Session
    • ECRs: Organisational Citizenry in the Academy | Research with Impact
    • GO TO 2018 PhD/ECR and MCA workshop program



  • The workshop was held at the BMIHMS Sydney campus on Monday 8 February 2016 with the theme of Breaking through the Barriers’. The program included a preliminary combined session identifying the major barriers and offering solutions for PhD students and Early Career Researchers. This session was followed by small group mentoring and discussions with Senior Academics. The program concluded with a panel discussion on the changing landscape, making the right choices and breaking the barriers. Attendees joined conference delegates for networking drinks and a light dinner. 2016 PhD/ECR workshop flyer



  • The workshop explored the important role of networking, collaboration and mentoring that can be applied to academic life including PhD supervision, publications, research projects, and grant applications. Particular emphasis was on developing social intelligence and cross-cultural collaboration as well as effective negotiation and mentoring strategies. Dr Lisa Curtis-Wendlandt, an accredited coach and founder of Mind Your Way, delivered an interactive and practical workshop on Small Talk and Big Gestures: Communication for Impact and Success. Participants discussed the foundational questions of ‘why’ and ‘how’ they can network and collaborate in various and complex contexts of their academic career development.


  • The workshop explored different research paradigms and methodologies as well as gain some practical tips and advice from senior academics. 42 PhD scholars and ECRs and 18 senior Australian and international academic volunteers attended. Highlighted sessions included Professor Doug Pearce’s keynote presentation on Frameworks for Tourism Research. An interactive and stimulating panel session on methodologies and paradigms included qualitative, mixed methods and the indigenous ‘Kaupapa Maori’ research paradigm.


  • The workshop included plenary session on get tips on publishing your research, small group discussion on dealing with a PhD journey and engaging and useful panel session on grant getting and research project leadership.

Feedback from the past delegates

Previous attendees’ selected feedback comments include:

  • “The activity based exercises were fun and interesting. The metaphors were very suited to the topic and it was good to work with other students.”
  • “The fact that it is very different than other usual workshops. Much more engaging.”
  • “The small group discussions were really useful. The workshop activity was insightful and provided the opportunity to get to know the other students, their topics, their progress and their challenges.”
  • “I enjoyed the Small group Mentoring session, as it is like a sincere and friendly conversation between experienced academic people and us”.
  • “I was really impressed with the line-‐up of experienced academics who attended the workshop to give us the benefit of their research and supervisory expertise.”
  •  “Collegiate environment with fellow students was encouraging”.
  • “… made some new PhD friends to hang out with at the conference…and with whom I will definitely keep in touch.”