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Dr Tara Duncan

Tara_Duncan_imageLecturer

Office: Commerce 4.50
Tel: 64 3 479 3486
Email: tara.duncan@otago.ac.nz

Background

Tara Duncan’s academic background is in social and cultural geography. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Wales, Lampeter in 1993, Tara worked in the hotel industry for a year before moving to London to work as a personal assistant for a number of years. In 1997, she decided to ‘do’ a ski season and moved to the internationally recognised resort of Whistler, British Columbia, in western Canada. Three years later, after working as Supervisor in Employee Experience (HR) at Whistler Blackcomb, she returned to the UK to undertake her MSc (in Modernity Space and Place) and then her PhD in the Department of Geography at UCL.

Prior to joining the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago in 2007, Tara worked for the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) in London as the Managing Editor of their three academic journals. She has also held a temporary lecturer post in the Department of Geography at Durham University and was the ITCA (International Travel Catering Association) Research Officer in the School of Business at the University of Surrey between January and October 2005.

Tara was elected as a member of the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education) Board in 2008 and holds the role of Special Interest Group Evaluator. She is also on the PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School) Industry Advisory Board. Within the University, Tara sits on the UNICOL Advisory Council and is a committee member of the Staff Women’s Caucus.

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Research interests

Tara’s main research interests continue to focus on young budget travellers (the Gap Year, OE, ‘Big Trip’ and backpacking for instance) and current debates on (im)mobility. She is also interested in exploring mobile methodologies and continues her geographical focus with research interests in the everyday spaces and practices of tourism, hospitality and leisure.

Tara has recently received a grant to undertake a staff exchange to Högskolan Dalarna in Sweden. During her time in Sweden she will be collaborating with Dr Scott Cohen from Bournemouth University and Maria Thilemark from Dalarna on their edited book ‘Lifestyle Mobilities’, part of a series being published through the Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group of the RGS-IBG. Tara has also recently received another grant from the Matariki Network of Universities to undertake preliminary collaborative exploration with Dr Rachel Colls (Geography) at Durham University in the UK. She was also part of multi-disciplinary team that received a BRCSS (Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences) grant in 2010. The project ‘Transitions, Connections and Mobilities: Collaborative Studies of People on the Move’ culminated in a 2 day Symposium in November 2010 and a second symposium (‘Mobilities and Neighbourhoods’) was held at Massey University in July 2011. A wiki about the project can be found at https://mobilities.wiki.otago.ac.nz/Main_Page.

Tara is also working on her investigation of the role of women in the growth of the Central Otago Wine Region and hopes to disseminate her findings to the local community as well as through academic channels.

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PhD and Masters supervision

PhD: Andrea Farminer: The Economic and Social Value of Rivers. 2010 -

PhD: Nancy Earth: The Role of Female Japanese Potters in Japanese Society. 2010 -

PhD: Supattra Sroypetch: Impacts of Backpacker Tourism on the Host Community. 2010 -

PhD: Fateme Etemaddar: The Iranian Diaspora in New Zealand: Challenging Diaspora Tourism. 2009 -

PhD: Adam Doering: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place & Transnational becoming in Rural Japan. 2009 -

PhD: Gunn Kro Kidd: Social Entrepreneurship and the Role of Women. 2009 -

PhD: Ali Bavik: Organisational Culture in the New Zealand Hotel Industry. 2008 -

PhD: Margie Campbell-Price (part-time): Overseas Secondary School Trips. 2006 –

PhD: Melissa Wan Hassan: Halal Food and the New Zealand Hospitality Industry. 2003-2008. Graduated 2009.

Masters: Kirsten Bamford: Perspectives on Tourism and Hospitality Education in New Zealand. 2011 -

Masters: Jane Godfey: The Motivations and Experiences of Backpackers Travelling to New Zealand (now PhD candidate (with scholarship) at University of Technology, Sydney) 2010-2011. Awarded with Credit 2011.

Masters: Hebe Alex Morales: Crime and Tourism in New Zealand. 2009-2011. Submitted 30 June 2011.

Masters: Tupe Tagamoa-Isara: Tourism Recovery after the 20090 Tsunami in Samoa. 2009 -2010. Awarded with Distinction.

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Publications

Duncan, T., Scott, D. G., & Baum, T. (2013). The mobilities of hospitality work: An exploration of issues and debates. Annals of Tourism Research, 41, 1-19. doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2012.10.004

Cohen, S. A., Duncan, T., & Thulemark, M. (2015). Lifestyle mobilities: The crossroads of travel, leisure and migration. Mobilities, 10(1), 155-172. doi: 10.1080/17450101.2013.826481

Duncan, T., Cohen, S. A., & Thulemark, M. (Eds.). (2013). Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 266p.

Walters, T., & Duncan, T. (2015). Non-tourism magazines as sources of material in tourism research [Research note]. Anatolia, 26(2), 306-308. doi: 10.1080/13032917.2015.1012727

Cohen, S. A., Duncan, T., & Thulemark, M. (2013). Introducing lifestyle mobilities. In T. Duncan, S. A. Cohen & M. Thulemark (Eds.), Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration. (pp. 1-18). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Edited Book - Research

Duncan, T., Cohen, S. A., & Thulemark, M. (Eds.). (2013). Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 266p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Thulemark, M., Duncan, T., & Cohen, S. A. (2013). Lifestyle mobilities: Conclusions and future research. In T. Duncan, S. A. Cohen & M. Thulemark (Eds.), Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration. (pp. 253-259). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Cohen, S. A., Duncan, T., & Thulemark, M. (2013). Introducing lifestyle mobilities. In T. Duncan, S. A. Cohen & M. Thulemark (Eds.), Lifestyle mobilities: Intersections of travel, leisure and migration. (pp. 1-18). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Duncan, T. (2012). The ‘mobilities turn’ and the geography of tourism. In J. Wilson (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of tourism geographies. (pp. 113-119). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Duncan, T. (2009). Transient workers in Queenstown and Whistler (Case study). In J. Higham & T. Hinch (Eds.), Sport and tourism: Globalization, mobility and identity. (pp. 173-174). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Duncan, T. (2008). The internationalisation of tourism labour markets: Working and playing in a ski resort. In T. Coles & C. M. Hall (Eds.), International business and tourism: Global issues, contemporary interactions. (pp. 181-194). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Cohen, S. A., Duncan, T., & Thulemark, M. (2015). Lifestyle mobilities: The crossroads of travel, leisure and migration. Mobilities, 10(1), 155-172. doi: 10.1080/17450101.2013.826481

Walters, T., & Duncan, T. (2015). Non-tourism magazines as sources of material in tourism research [Research note]. Anatolia, 26(2), 306-308. doi: 10.1080/13032917.2015.1012727

Duncan, T., Scott, D. G., & Baum, T. (2013). The mobilities of hospitality work: An exploration of issues and debates. Annals of Tourism Research, 41, 1-19. doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2012.10.004

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Journal - Research Other

Walters, T., & Duncan, T. (2014). [Re]positioning second homes within leisure studies [Introduction]. Annals of Leisure Research, 17(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2014.890510

Carr, N., & Duncan, T. (2012). Editorial: 2011, ANZALS conference edition. Annals of Leisure Research, 15(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2012.670958

Bell, M., Duncan, T., & Anderson, V. (2012). Towards a movement-driven social sciences in Aotearoa New Zealand. Sites, 9(1), 1-11. doi: 10.11157/sites-vol9iss1id203

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Duncan, T., Kline, C., & Schneider, P. (2010). Special issue on Graduate Student Research: Introduction [Guest editors]. Annals of Leisure Research, 13(1 & 2 (Special Issue)), 1-3.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Duncan, T., Scott, D., & Baum, T. (2009). The mobilities of hospitality work: An exploration of issues and debates. Proceedings of the International Labour Process (ILPC) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.ilpc.org.uk/Default.aspx?TabID=3768

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Duncan, T. (2011). The landscape of lifestyle mobilities? Proceedings of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Annual Conference: Landscape and Tourism: The Dualistic Relationship. (pp. 28-29). [Abstract]

Duncan, T. (2011). Researching women and wine: A chance to re-think methodology. Proceedings of the Samoa Conference II: Tracing Footprints of Tomorrow: Past Lessons, Present Stories, Future Lives. (pp. 20). Retrieved from http://www.nus.edu.ws

Duncan, T. (2010). Gap year experiences and New Zealanders: A fresh perspective? Proceedings of the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference: Adding Value Through Research. (pp. 515). Auckland, New Zealand: School of Hospitality and Tourism and New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from http://autserve.aut.ac.nz/nzthrc/index.php/page/proceedings

Duncan, T., Kro, G., & Scott, D. (2009). A 'bottom up' approach to HRM: New Zealand tourism and hospitality employees' views on current industry practices. In A. Zahra, T. Lockyer & P. Aksonnit (Eds.), Proceedings of the New Zealand International Hospitality Management Conference: Taking Hospitality into the Future. (pp. 15). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Duncan, T. (2011, August-September). A global ‘gap year’? New Zealand perspectives. Verbal presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference: The Geographical Imagination, London, UK.

Duncan, T. (2010, August-September). Central women: Women and wine in Central Otago, New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) and Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Conferences, London, UK.

Duncan, T. (2010, July). The myth of the 'OE'?: Reframing young budget travel. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geographical Society with the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Duncan, T., Scott, D., & Baum, T. (2009, May). The mobilities of tourism and hospitality work? Verbal presentation at the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Annual Conference: Experiencing Difference: Changing Tourism and Tourists' Experiences, Aalborg, Denmark.

Duncan, T., & Scott, D. (2009, August). ″Sweet as?″: Negotiating the research experience in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference, Manchester, UK.

Schiellerup, P., & Duncan, T. (2008, August). How was it for you? Towards shared imaginaries of qualitative data analysis, writing up, and the research trajectory. Verbal presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference, London, UK.

Duncan, T. (2008, August). The situatedness of temporary migration? Verbal presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference, London, UK.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Duncan, T. J. C. E. (2007). Working tourists: Identity formation in a leisure space (PhD). University of London, London. 282p.

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