Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 07/03/2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(Honours), University of Newcastle, 08/05/1997


Research keywords

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

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.

Fields of Research

160810Urban Sociology And Community Studies50
150601Impacts Of Tourism25
150606Tourist Behaviour And Visitor Experience25



2013Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
For designing authentic assessments that blend independent scholarship and group processes to deliver workplace-relevant outcomes.


Teaching keywords

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Leisure Studies
  • Tourism

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.



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Journal article (1 outputs)

2012Lyons KD, Hanley JE, Wearing S, Neil J, 'Gap year volunteer tourism. Myths of global citizenship?', Annals of Tourism Research, 39 361-378 (2012) [C1]

Conference (6 outputs)

2012Hanley 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]
2012Lyons 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]
2011Lyons 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

2011Young 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

2010Young 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

2002Hanley 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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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Joanne (Jo) Hanley

Work Phone(02) 4921 5195
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaTourism
Social Science Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308