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Doctoral research abstract

Golnaz Nazem image 2020My area of research focuses on exploring normative and cognitive factors in shaping organizational practices toward institutionalising waste minimisation in events and festivals, with a focus on the New Zealand festival sector. My PhD responds to the call for sectoral progress toward making the festival sector "an exemplar of environmental sustainability" (Powerful Thinking, 2017), with a focus on waste minimisation (SDG12.3-5). In doing so, it highlights areas of improvement and interest toward establishing festivals as agents of change within their local communities.

Education

Master of Science in Tourism Development. School of Housing, Building, and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2016
Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel and Tourism Management (Hons.), KDU College Penang (Awarding Body: IMI Switzerland), 2014

Scholarships & Awards

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, 2017
Best Student Award, KDU College Penang, 2014
Best Dissertation Award, KDU College Penang, 2014

Primary Research Interests

Multi-stakeholder transition to organizational sustainable practices
Sustainable consumption and production
Sustainable events and festivals
Waste minimisation and resource recovery within the events and tourism sectors

Professional Memberships

WasteMINZ 2019–

Other research experience

Research Assistant, Department of Tourism, Otago Business School, November-December 2018

Details: data collection for a project funded by the North Asia Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence to identify business needs of tourism and hospitality operators to engage more competently with the Southeast Asian and Latin American markets and to gather ideas about services that can be developed to assist businesses in this area.

Research Assistant, Department of Tourism, Otago Business School, October-November 2017

Details: data collection for a project funded by the North Asia Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence to identify business needs of tourism and hospitality operators to engage more competently with the North Asian market and to gather ideas about services that can be developed to assist businesses in this area.

Research Assistant, School of Housing, Building, and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, October 2014-March 2015

Details: assisting in secondary data collection for two projects funded by Universiti Sains Malaysia (Exploring the Heritage Commodification Process of Boutique Hotels in George Town, Penang; Establishing an Interpretation Model of Built Heritage Commodification for Tourism in George Town, Penang)