Professor of Tourism and Hospitality
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6983
Alison's main research interests are in critical approaches to tourism and hospitality studies, with particular focus on issues of accessibility, social justice, ethics and advocacy, and community engagement. Alison has over 20 years of academic and consulting research experience. She has considerable experience in supervising and mentoring research students at the Masters and PhD levels.
She currently also holds a Visiting Professor position at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She Co-Founded and is Co-Editor of the international journal Hospitality and Society. She has published widely in leading international tourism and hospitality journals. Other research expertise includes cultural heritage management and sustainable tourism development; tourist experiences and wellbeing.
Alison holds current and previous Directorships of community organisations, and regularly engages in community work aligned to her research interests.
Her most recent project aims to increase employment for people with disabilities in the tourism and hospitality industries in New Zealand. She has also recently completed research into Accessible Tourism in New Zealand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xux0nKY2MQ0&t=28s).
Other projects completed include, for example, 'How hospitable is Aotearoa New Zealand to refugees'?, and The Health Benefits of Travel.