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Postgraduate tourism research in Australia: a trend analysis 1969-2005
CAUTHE 2008: Tourism and Hospitality Research, Training and Practice: “Where the 'bloody hell' are we?
  • Jennifer Laing, Monash University
  • Betty Weiler, Monash University
Document Type
Conference publication
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

This paper draws on an archival analysis of 461 dissertations completed by research Masters and PhD students in Australia over the past forty years primarily to identify patterns, trends and gaps in postgraduate tourism research, as well as to explore the contributions that different disciplines make to postgraduate tourism research. The results reveal an uneven distribution of research both geographically and with respect to discipline, with a noticeable emphasis on business-related dissertations and an increasing focus on environmental topics. In terms of trends over time, there have been periods of slow growth, rapid growth and, more recently, slight decline in the numbers of postgraduate tourism theses. Also revealing are the gaps with respect to disciplinary context and focus, providing a valuable platform for new research.

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Citation Information

Postprint of: Laing, JH & Weiler, B 2008, 'Postgraduate tourism research in Australia: a trend analysis 1969-2005', in S Richardson, L Fredline, A Patiar & M Ternel (eds), CAUTHE 2008: Tourism and Hospitality Research, Training and Practice: “Where the 'bloody hell' are we?, Gold Coast, Qld., 11-14 February, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Qld. ISBN: 9781921291333