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About Associate Professor Erica Wilson

Associate Professor Erica Wilson BAdmin(Tourism)(Hons)(JCU)GradDip(EnvStud)(Adel) PhD(GU)

Erica Wilson is Associate Professor in the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia. She has held the positions of Acting Dean and Head of School, Deputy Head of School, and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Business and Tourism, and also Deputy Head of School in the former School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University.

Born in Seattle, Erica has called Australia home for over three decades. Her doctoral thesis (Griffith University, Gold Coast) was an interpretive, qualitative exploration into the constraints faced by Australian solo women travellers. Erica also holds a postgraduate diploma in environmental studies (University of Adelaide), and a first-class honours degree in tourism administration (James Cook University, Townsville). She teaches in the areas of sustainable tourism, special interest travel, events and festivals, and honours/capstone research methods.

Erica is particularly interested in critical approaches to the study and teaching of tourism, and has had a central role in the development of three research network groups which reflect her interests: Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies; the CAUTHE Critical Approaches in Tourism and Hospitality SIG, and the Qualitative Research in Tourism and Hospitality Network.

Erica has held the positions of Secretary for the Council of Australian University Education and Research (CAUTHE) (2006), and Commonwealth representative for nature-based tourism on the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Technical and Scientific and Advisory Committee (2007 to 2016). Erica's research publications are focused on gender and tourism, women’s definitions of adventure and nature, leisure constraints and negotiation, sustainable tourism, tourism in world heritage areas, critically reflexive practice, and qualitative/feminist research methodologies.


Present Associate Professor, Southern Cross University School of Business and Tourism


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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning ('Education for Sustainability in the Undergraduate Business Curriculum')
  • 2012 Vice Chancellor's Citation

Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3151
Fax: (+61 2) 6622 2208


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