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Dr Trudie Walters

Dr Trudie Walters image 2019Senior Lecturer

Office OBS 2.34
Tel +64 3 479 4348
Email trudie.walters@otago.ac.nz

Background

I completed my PhD on representations of luxury in New Zealand second homes at the University of Otago in 2014. I then worked as a Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure and Event Management at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia until April 2017 when I rejoined the Department of Tourism at Otago. My research has attracted funding from a variety of avenues, and has appeared in industry magazines and blog sites.

Contributing to the research environment is important to me: I enjoy my role as Board Member of both the World Leisure Organisation and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS). I am Associate Editor for the Annals of Leisure Research and Frontiers in Sports and Active Living journals, and serve on the Editorial Review Boards of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity and International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research. I am also co-Chair of the 2019 ANZALS Conference in Queenstown, and Chair of the 2022 World Leisure Congress in Dunedin.

Research interests

My research platform is centred on events and leisure as interdisciplinary lenses through which to understand the inner workings and values of society. I have five distinct programmes of research:

1. Quality of life and social wellbeing

By its very nature, leisure in all its guises contributes to quality of life and social wellbeing through creating a sense of belonging and identity, and allowing people to realise their potential. As a form of leisure, events can similarly enhance people’s lives.

Projects include:

  • Importance of events for marginalised communities
  • Second homes as facilitators of wellbeing

2. Gendered experiences

Leisure and events are frequently experience differently by men and women, and in this research programme I apply a feminist lens to examining gendered experiences and understanding the broader societal implications of such inequity.

Projects include:

  • Leisure at the second home
  • Academic conferences as gendered events

3. Governance, policy and practice

I investigate the influence of formal and informal governance and policy on leisure and event practice, with a view to developing frameworks and recommendations for local government and industry.

Projects include:

  • Measuring the social impact of local government event policies and programmes
  • Understanding implications of event governance and policy
  • Changing recreation and leisure practices

4. Representations of place and society

Leisure and events are fora that bring like-minded people together for a particular purpose, and in so doing they tell stories about who we are. This research programme analyses media representations, event narratives and visual images for the deeper, often hidden, meanings and what they convey about place and society.

Projects include:

  • Event narratives and social change
  • Event narratives and place

5. Luxury

The notion of leisure and events as luxuries is the focus of this research programme which examines both tangible and intangible elements of luxury.

Projects include:

  • Second homes as sites for the consumption of luxury

These programmes are all firmly positioned within a social science framework, while clearly linking into the applied reality of events and leisure as social phenomena, areas of academic research, global industries, and practices.

Media articles about leisure and events frequently feature as a source of material for my research; the media both reflects and influences society, and archival media material allows analysis of societal change over time.

I also value interviews with participants for their ability to yield rich and nuanced stories of lived experience of leisure and events.

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Publications

Walters, T. (2019). Designed for leisure … for all? Gendered experiences and practices of leisure at the architect designed second home. Leisure Studies, 38(5), 575-589. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1610034

Walters, T., & Jepson, A. S. (Eds.). (2019). Marginalisation and events. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 252p.

Walters, T. (2019). Visual representations of place: The iD Fashion Show and the 'Dunedin look'. Event Management, 23(2), 191-206. doi: 10.3727/152599518X15403853721150

Walters, T. (2019). A tripartite approach to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in academic conferences. In R. Finkel, B. Sharp & M. Sweeney (Eds.), Accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in critical event studies. (pp. 230-241). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Esfehani, M. H., & Walters, T. (2018). Lost in translation? Cross-language thematic analysis in tourism and hospitality research. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 30(11), 3158-3174. doi: 10.1108/IJCHM-10-2017-0701

Edited Book - Research

Walters, T., & Jepson, A. S. (Eds.). (2019). Marginalisation and events. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 252p.

Walters, T., & Duncan, T. (Eds.). (2016). Second homes and leisure: New perspectives on a forgotten relationship. Routledge, 118p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Walters, T. (2019). 'Proud to be South D': Perceptions of a street festival in a marginalised community in New Zealand. In T. Walters & A. S. Jepson (Eds.), Marginalisation and Events. (pp. 36-54). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Walters, T. (2019). A tripartite approach to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in academic conferences. In R. Finkel, B. Sharp & M. Sweeney (Eds.), Accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in critical event studies. (pp. 230-241). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Walters, T., & Jepson, A. S. (2019). Understanding the nexus of marginalisation and events. In T. Walters & A. S. Jepson (Eds.), Marginalisation and Events. (pp. 1-16). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Walters, T. (2018). Narrowing the gap between paddock and plate: The Real Food Festival, Australia. In W. Frost & J. Laing (Eds.), Exhibitions, trade fairs and industrial events. (pp. 107-118). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Walters, T. (2017). Second home ownership. In L. L. Lowry (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of travel and tourism. (pp. 1078-1080). Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781483368924.n396

Walters, T. (2017). Tuvalu. In L. L. Lowry (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of travel and tourism. (pp. 1365-1366). Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781483368924.n490

Walters, T. (2017). Kiribati. In L. L. Lowry (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of travel and tourism. (pp. 716-717). Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781483368924.n263

Walters, T. (2017). Samoa. In L. L. Lowry (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of travel and tourism. (pp. 1068-1069). Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781483368924.n392

Walters, T. (2017). ‘Power wrestling’: The life and [untimely] death of the Real Food Festival. In A. Jepson & A. Clarke (Eds.), Power, construction and meaning in festivals. (pp. 139-152). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Walters, T. (2019). Visual representations of place: The iD Fashion Show and the 'Dunedin look'. Event Management, 23(2), 191-206. doi: 10.3727/152599518X15403853721150

Walters, T., & Ruwhiu, D. (2019). Navigating by the stars: A critical analysis of Indigenous events as constellations of decolonization. Annals of Leisure Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1643749

Walters, T., & Carr, N. (2019). Changing patterns of conspicuous consumption: Media representations of luxury in second homes. Journal of Consumer Culture, 19(3), 295-315. doi: 10.1177/1469540517717778

Walters, T. (2019). Caves to castles: The development of second home practices in New Zealand. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events, 11(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/19407963.2017.1332067

Walters, T., Chandler, L., & Clark, S. (2019). Towards a framework for measuring local government return on investment in arts and cultural development. Local Government Studies, 45(2), 262-280. doi: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1518220

Walters, T. (2019). Designed for leisure … for all? Gendered experiences and practices of leisure at the architect designed second home. Leisure Studies, 38(5), 575-589. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1610034

Esfehani, M. H., & Walters, T. (2018). Lost in translation? Cross-language thematic analysis in tourism and hospitality research. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 30(11), 3158-3174. doi: 10.1108/IJCHM-10-2017-0701

Walters, T., & Insch, A. (2018). How community event narratives contribute to place branding. Journal of Place Management & Development, 11(1), 130-144. doi: 10.1108/JPMD-09-2017-0089

Walters, T. (2018). Gender equality in academic tourism, hospitality, leisure and events conferences. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events, 10(1), 17-32. doi: 10.1080/19407963.2018.1403165

Walters, T. (2018). Delivering employable event studies graduates: Student perspectives on the benefits of experiential learning. Event Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3727/152599518X15299559637653

Insch, A., & Walters, T. (2018). Challenging assumptions about residents’ engagement with place branding. Place Branding & Public Diplomacy, 14(3), 152-162. doi: 10.1057/s41254-017-0067-5

Walters, T. (2017). Facilitating well-being at the second home: The role of architectural design. Leisure Studies, 36(4), 493-504. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2016.1216580

Lovelock, B., Walters, T., Jellum, C., & Thompson-Carr, A. (2016). The participation of children, adolescents, and young adults in nature-based recreation. Leisure Sciences, 38(5), 441-460. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1151388

Walters, T. (2016). Using thematic analysis in tourism research. Tourism Analysis, 21(1), 107-116. doi: 10.3727/108354216X14537459509017

Walters, T., & Carr, N. (2015). Second homes as sites for the consumption of luxury. Tourism & Hospitality Research, 15(2), 130-141. doi: 10.1177/1467358414567800

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

Walters, T. (2014). 'Cultural icons': Media representations of second homes in New Zealand. Journal of Tourism Consumption & Practice, 6(1), 81-103.

Walters, T. (2014). The luxury of leisure and pleasure at the New Zealand second home. Annals of Leisure Research, 17(1), 97-112. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2013.879727

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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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Walters, T., & Ruwhiu, D. (2019). A critical analysis of indigenous events as expressions of empowerment. In T. Walters, R. Kerr & E. J. Stewart (Eds.), The Diversity of Leisure: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) 14th Biennial Conference. (pp. 167-174). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/anzals2019

Saadt Abadi Nasab, P., & Walters, T. (2019). Examining representations of fatherhood through the lens of family leisure photographs. In T. Walters, R. Kerr & E. J. Stewart (Eds.), The Diversity of Leisure: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) 14th Biennial Conference. (pp. 141-150). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/anzals2019

Walters, T. (2017). Delivering employable event studies graduates: Student perspectives on the benefits of experimental learning. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht & W. J. L. Coetzee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. (pp. 949-952). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. [Full Paper]

Insch, A., & Walters, T. (2017). Conceptualising the role of street art in urban tourism. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht & W. J. L. Coetzee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. (pp. 620-622). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. [Full Paper]

Schaffer, V., & Walters, T. (2016). Ni hao or gidday mate: How much should be done to address the needs of new and emerging markets? In M. Scerri & L. K. Hui (Eds.), Proceedings of the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference: The Changing Landscape of Tourism and Hospitality: The Impact of Emerging Markets and Emerging Destinations. (pp. 766-772). Sydney, Australia: Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=912833391889288;res=IELBUS

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Walters, T., Hassanli, N., & Finkler, W. (2019). Does it really matter? The under-representation of women at academic business conferences. Proceedings of the Gender and Education Association Conference: About Face: Identities, In/visibilities, Inequalities, and Intersections in Education. (pp. 61). Retrieved from https://gea2019.projects.portsmouthuni.ac.uk

Walters, T. (2019). The importance of events for marginalised communities. Proceedings of the Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference. (pp. 69). Retrieved from https://www.abertay.ac.uk/events/lsa2019-conference

Hassanli, N., Walters, T., & Friedman, R. (2019). How festivals mitigate the adverse effects of oppression for attendees: The case of the New Beginnings Festival. Proceedings of the Critical Tourism Studies Conference: Pride and Prejudice: Que(e)rying Tourism Hope. Retrieved from https://www.criticaltourismstudies.info

Hassanli, N., Walters, T., & Friedmann, R. (2019). The New Beginnings Festival: A counterspace for migrants and refugees. In T. Walters, R. Kerr & E. J. Stewart (Eds.), The Diversity of Leisure: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) 14th Biennial Conference. (pp. 66-67). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/anzals2019

Walters, T. (2018). Media representations of leisure and gender at the second home. Proceedings of the 15th World Leisure Congress: Leisure Beyond Constraints. (pp. 447). Retrieved from http://2018wlcongress.sescsp.org.br/en

Walters, T. (2017). Farmers markets, food events and social change. Proceedings of the 13th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Conference. (pp. 41-42). Hobart, Australia: Tasmanian School of Business & Economics and Faculty of Health, University of South Tasmania. [Abstract]

Walters, T. (2015). Leisure, health and wellbeing at the second home. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Conference. (pp. 51). Adelaide, Australia: School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. [Abstract]

Walters, T. (2013). Media representations of the luxury in and of second home ownership in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference. Retrieved from http://conference.rgs.org/AC2013/329

Walters, T. (2011). Beach, Bach and beyond: The luxury of leisure and second home ownership in New Zealand. In N. Carr & D. Evans (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies 10th Biennial Conference: Challenging Leisure. (pp. 25). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Walters, T., Kerr, R., & Stewart, E. J. (Eds.). (2019). The Diversity of Leisure: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) 14th Biennial Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/anzals2019

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Walters, T. (2017, July). The vernacular and the spectacular: Media representations of second home architecture. Verbal presentation at the Architecture and Tourism International Conference, Paris, France.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Walters, T. L. (2014). An analysis of media representations of the luxury in and of second home ownership in New Zealand 1936-2012 (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/4974

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