Risk, Recovery & Resilience

Focus and Themes

The SIG aims to promote and facilitate research in the field of tourism risk, recovery and resilience and build links with Australasian and international tourism academics and relevant tourism industry bodies. The SIG aims to position CAUTHE with a leadership role in coordinating inter-institutional research to facilitate effective co-operation, communication and knowledge sharing in a rapidly expanding, and important field of study. The SIG will also help foster mentoring of CAUTHE ECR/PhD student members with more established, senior researchers through:

  • Engagement – develop links with CAUTHE members researchers as well as improve links with industry representatives and government agencies. Improve the quality and effectiveness of research activities, publications on the topic and substantially boost the submission and funding of ARC grant applications
  • Relationships – facilitate cooperative research and research partnership programs related to government and industry associations
  • Production – undertake multi or inter-disciplinary research (strategic and applied) across countries between researchers, agencies and industry
  • Diffusion – communicate and share research findings and best practices amongst SIG members and collaborators

NEW!! SIG Snapshot video (2 mins) with Dr Joanna Fountain (Lincoln University) and Dr David Beirman (University of Technology, Sydney)

Share ideas and discuss future activities on the Tourism Risk, Crisis and Recovery Management LinkedIn group.


  • Meeting at CAUTHE 2024 Conference, Hobart at 16:00- 17:30 on Thursday 8 February 2024 to discuss the question What are the research priorities in the ‘new normal? followed by dinner at Mezethes Greek Taverna.
  • Handbook on Crisis and Disaster Management in Tourism Eds Bruce Prideaux, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand and Central Queensland University, Australia and David Beirman, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (due April 2024)

Past Activities


  • Aug-2023 Mid-year workshop Tourism Research in Challenging Times 13:00-15:00 (AEST) Wednesday 2 August, online included an update on roundtable research in progress, opportunities for collaboration and future plans survey results and discussion.
  • Feb-2023 Meeting at CAUTHE 2023 conference, Rydges Fremantle on Wednesday 8 February, 6:30 – 7:30pm. Dinner (at own expense) at Emily Taylor Bar from 7:30pm. Download flyer. Meeting agenda.


  • Aug-2022 The name of the SIG was changed from Risk, Crises & Recovery Management to Risk, Recovery and Resilience to better reflect the research of current members.
  • The 2022 Mid-year meeting was held online on Monday 1 August. Participants shared and discussed papers, research ideas and research recently completed or in progress.
  • The 2022 Annual SIG meeting was held on 14 February at 13.00 – 15.00 (AEDT). The theme Tourism responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants and the agenda included:
    • Presentations on the featured books by David Beirman and Jeff Wilks including Q & A.
    •  Looking ahead for the SIG: discuss research work on Risk, Crisis and Recovery in Tourism, including the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and opportunities for collaboration and future activities for the SIG.
    • Nominations and election of Co-Chair to replace David Beirman who will resign from the Co-Chair role after 11 years.


The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism special edition on tourism risk, crisis and recovery is nearing publication.

SIG members have been prominent contributors to the following books:

  1. Wilks. J., Pendergast. D., Leggat. P., Morgan. D., Eds (2021) Tourism Health, Safety and Wellbeing in the New Normal. Springer New York
  2. Prideaux. B., Beirman. D., Eds (2022) Handbook on Crisis and Disaster Management. Edward Elgar UK and USA. We hope to have between 25-30 chapters in this book and we already have 20 contributors, many of them SIG members.
    We would like to see more chapter authors!! An invitation to authors is extended to SIG members and the broader CAUTHE membership who have genuine interest and expertise in the field.
  1. Beirman. D., In Publication, Due Nov (2021) Tourism Crises and Destination Recovery.  Sage Publications, London. This is a textbook which covers ten core themes of tourism risk, crisis and recovery (see Sage flyer).


  • A symposium on Beyond the Crisis: How to Create Social Benefit and Resilience in Tourism with over 100 participants from 28 countries was held on 28 September 2020. The complete documentation is now available at Symposium 2020 Documentation.
  • SIG members and prospective members are invited to give a brief (speed dating) presentation of their current research in the risk, crisis and recovery field at the 2020 Conference meeting.
  • Professor Bruce Prideaux will give a presentation on a handbook which he has been commissioned to edit. The book is titled Disaster and Crisis Management in Tourism to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Bruce will invite SIG members to propose chapters for the book and explain what he hopes to cover in the book. He will also seek some input from SIG members and attendees.
  • The SIG has approached Marianna Sigala with a proposed CfP for CAUTHE’s Journal of Hospitality and Tourism to publish a special issue focussed on tourism response and resilience to, and recovery from, nature-based disasters.
  • Members of the SIG have been assessing the impact of major events impacting on tourism on both sides of the Tasman, namely the Australian bushfires and the volcanic eruption on Whakaari/White Island, and the South Island’s West (Wet) Coast landslides and washouts due to extreme rainfall. A number of SIG members have been contacted by the global media to comment on all of these events.


  • The SIG inaugural Co-Chair Professor Brent Ritchie stepped down from his role. We all thank Brent for his outstanding contribution to the work for the SIG and his ongoing support. The SIG is pleased to announce that Dr Joanna Fountain of Lincoln University has agreed to be Co-chair of the SIG with Dr David Beirman from the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Presentation at the CAUTHE 2019 conference by Professor David Simmons on a recent report undertaken for New Zealand’s National Science Challenge – Resilience to nature’s Challenges on Resilience in Transient Communities.
  • The Annals of Tourism Research special edition on Tourism Risk and Resilience edited by Brent Ritchie and featuring several SIG members was published in October.
  • Gabby Walters and Judith Mair co-edited a book about to be released by Goodfellow Publishers called Reputation and Image Recovery for the Tourism Industry. The book includes chapters contributed by several active SIG members including Professor David Simmons and Joanna Fountain (Lincoln University).


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SIG Coordinators

  • Dr Joanna Fountain

    Social Science, Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport

    Lincoln University

  • Dr Joanne Pyke

    College of Business

    Victoria University

  • Ms Kerrie King

    University of Southern Queensland