Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Current PhD in Tourism Research

The Department of Tourism at Otago has a wealth of current PhD research into many aspects of Tourism and its related disciplines.

Our PhD research addresses the current and critical issues in Tourism, as well as taking a new approach to more traditional areas of Tourism research. Please see below for a complete list of current PhDs in Tourism studies.

Taufik Abdullah

Between Success and Failure: The empowerment of Survival Entrepreneurs, a Case Study of Indonesian Street Food Vendors
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Craig Lee

David Adeloye

Geographical Perception of Terrorism and its Influence on Domestic Tourists’ Travel Behaviour
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Andrea Insch

Abbas Alizadeh

Exploring the relationship between sustainable consumption and eudaimonic well-being in tourism
Supervisors: Sebastian Filep and Juergen Gnoth

Easnin Ara

Thesis title TBC
Hazel Tucker and Willem Coetzee

Patrick Boudreau

Optimal States of Mind in Adventure Recreation
Supervisors: Susan Houge Mackenzie and Ken Hodge

Kishor Kumar Chitrakar

Community Based Home-Stay Tourism as a Sustainable Tourism Model in Nepal
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Julia Albrecht

Stuart Hayes

Tourism Education: A Critical Analysis
Supervisors: Hazel Tucker and Clinton Golding

Md Ariful Hoque

An Investigation into the Understanding of the Relationship between Community-Based Indigenous Tourism (CBIT) and Poverty Alleviation in Rural Bangladesh
Supervisors: Brent Lovelock and Anna Carr

Montira Intason

Thesis title TBC
Willem Coetzee and Craig Lee

Md Saiful Islam

Community-based Tourism and its Impact on Sustainable Community Development: A Global Comparative Study to Assess the Viability
Supervisors: Willem Coetzee and Brent Lovelock

Leonardo Nava Jimenez

Recreational camping
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Willem Coetzee

Chiara Massacesi

Food Heritagisation for Tourism Development. Cheese networks in the Italian Dolomites.
Supervisors: Brent Lovelock and Anna Carr

Parisa Saadat Abadi Nasab

Examining the Changing Representations of Family Relations: Insights from Leisure Photographs
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Trudie Walters

Rajesh Nautiyal

Thesis title TBC
Julia Albrecht, Anna Carr

P Naresh Nayak

Strategy and Implementation plan for Water Conservation in Star category Hotels in New Zealand
Supervisors: Willem Coetzee and Julia Albrecht

Golnaz Nazem

Institutionalising waste minimisation in local festivals
Neil Carr and James Higham

Andrus H. L. Nomm

Decarbonisation of the tourism industry – drivers and perspectives in destination management and governance.
Supervisors: Julia Albrecht & Brent Lovelock

Stephen Parker

Eudaimonic Yoga Experience: A Males Perspective
Supervisors: Sebastian Filep and Anna Carr

Hannah Parsons

The design and delivery of transformative spiritual tourism experiences
Supervisors: Susan Mackenzie & Sebastian Filep

Reni Polus

The Spiritual Journey of International Volunteer Tourists
Supervisor: Neil Carr

Karun Rawat

The Silent Choreographers of Mount Everest: An Ethnographic Study about Sherpas as Tourist Guides
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Susan Houge Mackenzie

Ismail Shaheer

Animal rights violations triggered tourism boycotts-conversations on Twittersphere
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Andrea Insch

Fathimath Shiraani

Understanding the holiday experiences of disabled children and young people
Supervisors: Neil Carr and Gill Rutherford

William (Will) Stovall Jr

Thesis title TBC

Olivia Su (Yu Su)

Communion versus Agency: The Effectiveness of Loyalty Programmes across Gender and Cultures
Supervisors: Brent Lovelock and Craig Lee

Hsueh Yu Tseng

Investigating structural relationships between behavioural intentions, experience quality, perceived value, and satisfaction for low-carbon tourism.
Supervisors: James Higham and Craig Lee

Guojie Zhang

Using Environmental Philosophy to Interpret Overseas Tourists’ Experiences of New Zealand Mainland Fenced Sanctuaries
Supervisors: James Higham and Julia Albrecht

Jingru Zhang

Non-local owners in ethnic tourism community in China
Supervisors: Hazel Tucker and James Higham

Yunzhen Zhang

Thesis title TBC
Supervisors: Hazel Tucker and Jundan Zhang (external)

Hongrui Zhu

Been There Done That: The Motivations, Working and Traveling Experiences and Learning of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand.
Supervisors: Hazel Tucker and Tara Duncan.