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About Johan Edelheim

Dr Johan Edelheim BHRM (VHRO, Fin), PgC.VET (Åbo Akademi, Fin), PgC.HE (MQU), PgDip.Tour (MGSM), MBA (MGSM), PhD (MQU)
Johan joined Southern Cross University in 2004, after four years at Macquarie University/ICTHM in Sydney, and before that lecturing in Finland. He lectures currently in a range of hospitality and tourism units at undergraduate level with the School of Business and Tourism. Before turning to academia, Johan worked in the hotel industry in his native Finland, as well as in Sweden, Germany, Spain and the USA for 11 years.
While finishing his MBA studies in 2002, Johan grew discontent with general management theory and decided to undertake his PhD study at Macquarie University’s department of Critical and Cultural Studies instead. His thesis, named ‘The Bushranger and the Big Banana – A cultural studies critique of tourism studies’ is critically evaluating the phenomenological experience of - and narratives surrounding - tourist attractions.
Johan’s research interests are divided between two separate areas, Post-structural studies of tourism on the one hand and Hotel and resort management practice and education on the other. While the first mentioned is abstract and aims at critically evaluating tourism research and practice from a non-positivist perspective, the other is more practical and involves concrete management actions in the hotel industry and in the field of education.


Present Adjunct Fellow, Southern Cross University School of Business and Tourism


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Journal articles (14)

Book chapters (4)

Theses (2)

Conferences (23)