Research in hospitality, tourism and events

Our research informs the global academic community, but it is also focused on developing practical research outcomes: it aims to improve the hospitality and tourism industry.

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AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge to guide you throughout your studies.

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New Zealand Tourism Research Institute

A global leader in tourism research, the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute delivers innovative solutions for the tourism industry.

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Dr David Williamson standing in a commercial kitchens with chefs busy making food behind him.
New AUT Professors
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New professors and associate professors
17 Nov, 2022
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.
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Record ranking for AUT
12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
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Guiding tourism in the Pacific Islands
25 Aug, 2022
With visitors now returning to the Pacific Islands, AUT is helping destinations make better decisions on building back.
Dr David Williamson standing in a commercial kitchens with chefs busy making food behind him.
Voices from hospitality's front line
08 Apr, 2022
New AUT research looks at workplace practices in the hospitality industry and gives recommendations to improve working conditions.
New AUT Professors
New Professors and Associate Professors
01 Nov, 2021
Eight AUT academics have been promoted to the position of Professor, and a further 22 have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Mihir Bhargava
Pattamol Kanjanakan
Van-Tin Doan
Laura Upson
Sophie Hayden
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