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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, New South Wales, Australia. Born in Seattle, she has called Australia home for the last 30 years. Her doctoral thesis (Griffith University, Australia) was an interpretive, qualitative exploration into the constraints faced by Australian solo women travellers. Erica also holds a postgraduate diploma in environmental studies, and a first-class honours degree in tourism administration. She teaches in the areas of tourism and the environment, and special interest tourism.
Currently, Erica is particularly interested in critical approaches to the study and teaching of tourism/ leisure, and has had a central role in the development of three research network groups which reflect her interests: Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies; Critical Tourism Research Network (Australia/New Zealand, with Drs Jennie Small, UTS and Candice Harris, AUT), and the Qualitative Research in Tourism and Hospitality Network (Australia, with A/Prof Gayle Jennings at Griffith University).
Erica has held the position of Secretary for the Council of Australian University Education and Research (CAUTHE), and Commonwealth representative for nature-based tourism on the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Technical and Scientific and Advisory Committee.
Erica's research publications and conference papers have focused on gender and tourism, women’s definitions of adventure and nature, work-life balance, leisure constraints/negotiation, sustainable tourism and reflexive/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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