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Pooneh Torabian imageLecturer

Office OBS 9.03
Tel +64 3 479 4116


Pooneh Torabian joined the Department of Tourism in 2019. She has a PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her PhD research was on Canadian dual citizenship and international (im)mobilities after 11 September 2001. Pooneh uses an interdisciplinary lens to study how intersections of identities such as gender, class, and race shape international mobilities. She is interested in the notions of dual citizenship and freedom of movement and their implications for crossing international borders. More recently, she has started research projects where she explores how arts can help the marginalised communities with resettlement, home-making, and integration.

Research Groups

  • Centre for Global Migrations (CGM)
  • Middle East and Islamic Studies Aotearoa (MEISA)

Current PhD supervision

  • Animesh Tripathi, The rise of Asian/Indian lifestyle travellers
  • Mercede Shavandasht, Gender and Geotourism

Completed PhD and Master's supervision

  • PhD – Xi Zhu, Professionalism or Human Virtues?: On What Makes a 'Good' Chinese Tour Guide in New Zealand
  • Masters – Jessica Lucas, The Influence of Official Marketing Content Versus User-Generated Content on the Pre-Travel Decision-Making of Tourists
  • Masters – Zirui (Sylvia) Wang, A study of Lifestyle and Travel Motivation of Women in Mainland China
  • Masters – Richa Berde, Exploring People's Experiences of Engaging with Travel Vlogs on YouTube during the Pandemic
  • Masters – Dakang Zhang, The Development of Group Tourism in China: The Case of Youth Tour Group in South island Natural Scenery Area
  • Masters – Weizhe Wang, The Tourists' Perceptions of Authenticity in Ancient City Tour


Torabian, P., & Mair, H. (2022). Insurgent citizens: Mobility (in)justice and international travel. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 30(2-3), 392-407. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1945069 Journal - Research Article

Torabian, P., & Miller, M. C. (2017). Freedom of movement for all? Unpacking racialized travel experiences. Current Issues in Tourism, 20(9), 931-945. doi: 10.1080/13683500.2016.1273882 Journal - Research Article

Torabian, P., & Mair, H. (2017). (Re)constructing the Canadian border: Anti-mobilities and tourism. Tourist Studies, 17(1), 17-35. doi: 10.1177/1468797616685645 Journal - Research Article

Havitz, M. E., Torabian, P., Mowatt, R. A., & Dustin, D. L. (2018). Four voices for justice: Reflections on seeking relevance in higher education [Invited]. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 36(4), 156-175. doi: 10.18666/JPRA-2018-V36-I4-9242 Journal - Research Other

Berbary, L. A., Valtchanov, B. L., Torabian, P., Gao, M., Miller, M. C., & Briscoe, C. L. (2018). Onto-epistemological and theoretical engagements through praxis and beyond: Comfort, crises, shifts, and re-groupings. Leisure Sciences, 40(3), 95-109. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2017.1377125 Journal - Research Article

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