Dr Jo Hanley

Research Assistant

Office PVC - Education and Arts (Tourism)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Jo's research focus crosses several disciplinary areas including tourism studies, urban studies and communication studies. Recent research projects include studying the professional development needs of tourism operators in the Hunter Region and exploring the use of new media by backpacker tourists. She has also published on the topic of volunteer tourism and plans to undertake more extensive empirical work in this area. Jo has a background in researching community engagement processes, urban change and resident politics. Her doctoral thesis examined local government community consultative structures in the context of urban issues that engendered resident action. This work followed on from previous research into experiences of community, place and belonging in urban areas undergoing major change through redevelopment.

Teaching Expertise
Jo has a PhD in Sociology and an Honours degree in Communication Studies. She currently lectures in the areas of leisure and tourism studies but also has a background in delivering courses in communications and media studies.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Community engagement
  • Destination development and marketing
  • Independent travellers and new media
  • Leisure Studies
  • Regional tourism
  • Space and Place
  • Tourism
  • Urban communities and resident politics
  • Volunteer tourism

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150601 Impacts of Tourism 25
150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience 25
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2014 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
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2013 Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lyons KD, Young T, Hanley J, Stolk P, 'Professional Development Barriers and Benefits in a Tourism Knowledge Economy', International Journal of Tourism Research, (2015)

This study investigates small to medium tourism enterprise (SMTE) owner-managers' intentions to seek professional development. SMTEs in a regional tourism destination were surveye... [more]

This study investigates small to medium tourism enterprise (SMTE) owner-managers' intentions to seek professional development. SMTEs in a regional tourism destination were surveyed, and an exploratory factor analysis identified barriers to, and benefits of, professional development factors. Logistic regression analysis was used to predict SMTE owner-manager's intention to pursue professional development based on perceived benefits of and barriers to training factors, education level and business size. 'Staff performance benefits' and 'time/cost barriers' of owner-manager's intention to seek professional development opportunities for staff. 'Business performance benefits' predicted owner-manager's intentions to seek professional develop for themselves. Implications of the findings are discussed.

DOI 10.1002/jtr.2051
Co-authors Paul Stolk, Tamara Young, Kevin Lyons
2012 Lyons KD, Hanley JE, Wearing S, Neil J, 'Gap year volunteer tourism. Myths of global citizenship?', Annals of Tourism Research, 39 361-378 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2011.04.016
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Kevin Lyons

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Lyons KD, Hanley JE, Young TN, 'Barriers and benefits to professional development: Perceptions of small and medium tourism enterprise operators in a regional Australian destination', Conference Proceedings. BEST Education Network Think Tank XII: Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism, Greoux-les-Bains, France (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Tamara Young, Kevin Lyons
2012 Hanley JE, Lyons KD, Young TN, 'Making sound business decisions? Industry intelligence and small tourism enterprises in a regional destination', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Research (THoR 2012), Singapore (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Tamara Young, Kevin Lyons
2011 Lyons KD, Hanley JE, 'Pathways to global citizenry: A critical review of gap-year travel', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
2011 Young TN, Hanley JE, 'Community on the move: Social media in the lived experience of backpackers', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Tamara Young
2010 Young TN, Hanley JE, 'Virtual mobilities: Backpackers, new media and online travel communities', Social Causes, Private Lives. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Tamara Young
2002 Hanley JE, 'Resident opposition to street prostitution in Islington, NSW', New Sociology: Awareness, Analysis, Advocay, The University of New South Wales (2002) [E2]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Lyons KD, Hanley, Young T, 'Tourism Hunter - Regional Tourism Organisation', Tourism Hunter, 35 (2012)
Co-authors Kevin Lyons, Tamara Young
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Dr Jo Hanley

Position

Research Assistant
Centre for Social Research in Energy and Resources, FEDUA Research Unit
Office PVC - Education and Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Tourism

Contact Details

Email joanne.hanley@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4925 4988

Office

Room GP136
Building General Purpose Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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