Dr Tracy Berno

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Associate Professor - Culinary Arts

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5289

Email: Tracy.berno@aut.ac.nz

Research Areas:

  • Culinary tourism
  • Tourism and gastronomy
  • Agriculture – tourism linkages
  • Community-based tourism
  • Tourism as a tool for development
  • Local food systems
  • South Pacific cuisines.

Research Summary:

Tracy's research interests are currently focused on the relationship between cuisine and tourism. She is particularly interested in agriculture — tourism linkages, local food systems, community tourism development, culinary tourism and tourism and gastronomy. Tracy has researched and published widely on the cuisine of the South Pacific in particular. She has also undertaken research and supervision on tourism and hospitality education, particularly how it relates to capacity building to support tourism development.

Tracy has had experience researching in and supervising students from a range of countries, including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Current Research Projects:

  • Social enterprise, sustainability and community in post-earthquake Christchurch: Exploring the role of local food systems in building resilience
  • Food tourism in New Zealand: Canterbury's foodscapes
  • Food tourism and its role in creative tourism
  • Farm-to-fork: Optimising the benefits of agri-tourism along the value chain in Northern Thailand
  • Pacific foods in New Zealand: The journey
  • Cuisine, heritage and food culture of Fiji
  • Organic agriculture — tourism value chains in Samoa: A tool for community development.


  • Berno, T. (2015). The power of sustainable cuisine: Tourism, food traditions and supporting communities in Samoa. Chapter in P. Sloan & W. Legrand (Eds.) Routledge handbook of sustainable food, beverages and gastronomy, pp. 338-347. London: Routledge.
  • Berno, T., Maltezakis, G. & Laurin, U. (2014). The special role of agriculture in food tourism. In E. Wolf & W. Lange-Faria (Eds.). Have fork will travel: Handbook for food tourism, pp. 105-114. Portland: World Food Travel Association.
  • Berno, T., Kline, C. & Wolf, E. (2014). Food tourism in academia. In E. Wolf & W. Lange-Faria (Eds.). Have fork will travel: Handbook for food tourism, pp. 299-308. Portland: World Food Travel Association.
  • Berno, T., Devlin, N, Ezaki, A., Wilson, D. & Wolf, E. (2014). Sustainability in food and drink tourism. In E. Wolf & W. Lange-Faria (Eds.). Have fork will travel: Handbook for food tourism, pp. 309-322. Portland: World Food Travel Association.
  • Oliver, R., Berno, T. & Ram, S. (2013). Mea’ai Samoa: Stories and recipes from the heart of Polynesia. Auckland: Random House.
  • Ward, C. & Berno, T. (2011). Beyond social exchange theory: An integrative model of attitudes toward tourists. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(4), 1556-1569.
  • Berno, T. (2011). Sustainability on a plate: Linking agriculture and food in the Fiji Islands tourism industry. Tourism and agriculture: New geographies of consumption, production and rural restructuring, pp. 87 – 103. London: Routledge.
  • Oliver, R., Berno, T. & Ram, S. (2010). Me'a kai: The food and flavours of the South Pacific. Auckland: Random House
  • Berno, T. (2008). Mai kana: Linking Pacific Island agriculture and tourism. EcoCurrents, 29, 18 -20.
  • Berno, T. (2007). Doing it the “Pacific Way”: Indigenous education and training in the South PacificI. In R. Butler & T. Hinch (Eds.), Tourism and indigenous people (2nd edition), pp. 28 -39. London: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier.
  • Berno, T. (Ed.) (2007). Our people, our food. Christchurch: Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
  • Berno, T. & Cegulamalua, A. (2007). Food matters: Food safety, hygiene and presentation for budget accommodation operators. Suva: Institute of Applied Sciences, USP.
  • Berno, T. (2006). Bridging sustainable agriculture and sustainable tourism to enhance sustainability. In Mudacumura, G., Haque, M.S. and Mebratu, D. (Eds.), Sustainable development policy and administration, pp. 208-223. New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • King, B. & Berno, T. (2006). Fiji Islands: Rebuilding tourism in an insecure world. In Y. Mansfeld and A. Pizam (Eds.), Tourism security and safety: From theory to practice, pp 67 – 82. New York: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Miller, G.A. & Berno, T. (2006). Towards sustainable tourism: Moving beyond ecology. In Mudacumura, G., Haque, M.S. and Mebratu, D. (Eds.), Sustainable development policy and administration, pp. 535-555. New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Berno, T. & Ward, C. (2005). Innocence abroad: A pocket guide to psychological research on tourism. American Psychologist, 60(6,) 593-600.
  • King, B. & Berno, T. (2005). Tourism and civil disturbances: An evaluation of recovery strategies in Fiji 1987-2000. In Y. Mansfeld & A. Pizam (Eds.), Tourism safety and security issues, pp. 66-81. New York: Butterworth – Heinemann.