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Dr Patricia Johnson

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Tourism)

Career Summary

Biography

Patricia embarked on her academic career from a business background to examine the perception and management of risk and security in tourist experiences, a study which involved traveling to Iran with the third Australian tour group to enter Iran after the Islamic revolution. Her research maintains an inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural focus and draws from the humanities and social sciences to engage concepts such as ideology, discourse, liminality, risk, cultural capital, the gaze and identity and difference to explore the emerging field of cosmopolitanism and questions relating to cultural literacy and global citizenship. In this, her work assumes a historical perspective to understand the discursive constitution of culture - that is, relationships of power and the ways in which knowledge of others is constructed, legitimated, reproduced and reworked. She maintains an expertise in analysing travel media, in particular, travel writing to explore 'western' viewing positions over the foreign. Other research interests include destination development and cruise ship tourism and, in particular the roles of stakeholders in knowledge transfer processes and the role of volunteerism in the context of urban tourism. Patricia has been involved with a range of research projects and has provided strategic support to the school's Tourism Research Unit. Her teaching career also reflects this inter-disciplinary focus having taught a number of courses since 2001 at the University of Newcastle in the areas of tourism studies, media studies, cultural studies and social enquiry. Outside of academia she experience in business management in civil construction and has worked as a consultant devising and researching the effectiveness of workplace training in a range of industry applications.

Research Expertise
Dr Patricia Johnson's primary research expertise lies within qualitative research method, but is also experienced in designing and carrying out quantitative research. As a researcher, her focus is interdisciplinary and lie within the areas of tourism studies and cultural studies. The focus of her PhD research built upon her previous research of risk and perceptions of risk in tourism experiences to Iran to examine the ways that cultural literacy , global citizenry and cosmopolitanism are expressed in Western writings about tourism and travel. Patricia maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus is which draws from English literature, cultural studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, gender studies and tourism studies to engage concepts such as the emerging area of cosmopolitanism, liminality, the tourist gaze and cultural capital. Other areas of interest in research include cruise ship tourism, nautical tourism, destination development and image development. She held a key research position examining stakeholder attitudes about the readiness of Newcastle as a home for cruise ship tourism and is actively engaged in furthering research efforts in this field. In late 2010, Dr Johnson delivered a key note speech at an international conference held at Ta-Jen University in Taiwan titled "Capitalising on the Future: Regional Tourism Planning Issues in New South Wales" which drew from her research on the development of the cruise industry in Newcastle. During that visit she delivered presentations to staff and graduate students at other universities about her research and emerging tourism issues from an Australian persepective. Other areas of research that she has been involved in include recreation specialisation and tourist image construction of PNG, wine tourism and volunteer tourism. As lecturer and a dedicated teacher, she is actively involved in research projects involving teaching and learning in the Faculty of Business and Law - a current project investigates the experiences of students who use the Open Foundation Studies pathway into undergraduate studies.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Patricia Johnson is Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Sustainable Tourism Management at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses in NSW and is Course Coordinator in the delivery of courses at the University of Newcastle campus in Singapore. Courses include: Visitor Behaviour and Management Festival and Event Planning Theory in Tourism. Honours Coordinator for the Tourism Discipline in the Newcastle Business School PhD Supervision Patricia has substantial experience in teaching at an undergraduate level across disciplines and topic areas having held a number of teaching and lecturing postions at the University of Newcastle since 2001 in the fields of Tourism, Leisure and Recreation, Social Science, Cultural Studies (including media and film studies) and English Language and Open Foundation Studies. She is a committed teacher whose approach to teaching tourism is informed by this interdisciplinary teaching experience.






Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Cruise Ship Tourism
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Culture and Heritage Management
  • Destination Image
  • Liminality
  • Media Studies
  • Risk and Tourism
  • Tourism Behaviour
  • Tourism Management
  • Travel Writing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified 30
150601 Impacts of Tourism 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2010 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
Business and Law
Australia
1/01/2009 - 1/01/2010 Lecturer University of Newcastle
Business and Law
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2007 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2008 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Economics, Politics and Tourism
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2008 Casual Lecturer and Tutor University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Johnson PC, 'Frameworks of Freedom and Fear: Authorizing the Voice in Women's Travel Writing', Travel, Discovery, Transformation, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey 101-122 (2014) [B1]

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Johnson PC, 'Cultural literacy, cosmopolitanism and tourism research', Annals of Tourism Research, 44 255-269 (2014) [C1]

Cosmopolitanism has been approached from a multitude of perspectives yet it continues to pose theoretical challenges in application. This paper assumes a post-disciplinary approac... [more]

Cosmopolitanism has been approached from a multitude of perspectives yet it continues to pose theoretical challenges in application. This paper assumes a post-disciplinary approach to critique these writings and analyse the intersections of tourism/cosmopolitanism/worldmaking. Through these means a philosophical platform is built that advances cultural literacy as the defining principle of cosmopolitanism. Cosmopolitanism encompasses the both-and, and has much to do with cosmopolitics, worldview, cultural orientations and compossibilities of tourism populations. Tourism is at the coalface of inter- and intra-cultural exchange and cultural literacy provides an innovative tool to operationalize worldmaking and address the complexities of an increasingly cosmopolitanized world. These ideas constitute an ontological shift in thinking about tourism and its many contexts. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2013.10.006
2012 Johnson PC, Lyons KD, 'The dynamics of port development: Modelling knowledge transfer and stakeholder involvement', Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 60 15-28 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
2010 Johnson PC, 'Writing liminal landscapes: The cosmopolitan gaze', Tourism Geographies, 12 505-524 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14616688.2010.516397
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2010 Johnson PC, 'De-constructing the cosmopolitan gaze', Tourism and Hospitality Research, 10 79-92 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1057/thr.2009.27
Citations Scopus - 2
2007 Johnson PC, 'The 'Great Satan' vs the 'Mad Mullahs'', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 28 247-249 (2007) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/07256860701236658
2003 Johnson PC, 'Book Review: 'Restoring Tourism Destinations in Crisis: A Strategic Marketing Approach', Current Issues in Tourism, 6 547-550 (2003) [C3]
2001 Johnson PC, 'An Examination of risk within Tourist Experiences to the Islamic Republic of Iran', Annals of Leisure Research, 4 38-57 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Keogh C, Johnson P, Kriz A, 'Innovative research by design: Using action research to explore the self-contained accommodation sector', CAUTHE 2014: Tourism and Hospitality in the Contemporary World: Trends, Changes and Complexity, Brisbane (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Anton Kriz
2014 Keogh C, Kriz A, Johnson PC, 'Is the Party Over for Second Homes in Australia? How Action Research and Management Theory Can Combine to Aid a Fragmented Sector', Program and abstracts from the IGU Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change conference, Skeviks gård, Stockholm, 9-11 June 2014, Skeviks gård, Stockholm, Sweden (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Anton Kriz
2012 Johnson PC, 'Frameworks of freedom and fear: Authorising the voice in women's travel writing', Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility. Inaugural Conference Travel Research Network, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012 Johnson PC, Lyons KD, 'Knowledge transfer: An analysis technique for destination planning process', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Research (THoR 2012), Singapore (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
2012 Johnson PC, 'Cultural literacy: A technique to analyse cosmopolitanism in tourism research', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Research (THoR 2012), Singapore (2012) [E1]
2011 Johnson PC, 'Worldmaking in tourism studies: Adding cultural literacy to the petrie dish of the social sciences', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011 Johnson PC, 'It's a wild world: language, liminality, and a conceptual toolbox of scripts, scapes, and tropes', Fourth Critical Tourism Studies Conference 2011 (CTS IV) Full Papers, Cardiff, Wales (2011) [E1]
2011 Johnson PC, Lyons KD, 'Knowledge transfer in a turbulent context: The case of cruise tourism development in Newcastle, Australia', Proceedings of the CAUTHE 2011 National Conference: Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
2010 Johnson PC, Pearse A, 'Destination development and cruise ship tourism: Case study Newcastle, NSW', Competition and Collaboration Between Regional Tourism Destinations, Macao, China (2010) [E1]
2009 Johnson PC, 'De-constructing the cosmopolitan gaze', Think Tank IX: Presentations and Papers, Singapore (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1057/thr.2009.27
2009 Lyons KD, Markwell K, Johnson PC, 'Recreation specialisation and destination image: A case study of birding tourists values and their perceptions of Papua New Guinea', Think Tank IX: Presentations and Papers, Singapore (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,000

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20111 grants / $5,000

Location, Collation and the Transference of Knowledge in Tourism Studies: A critical review of Government, Scholarly and Industry Writings on the Cruise Tourism and an investigation of course offering$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Johnson
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100455
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Exploring Engagement in Regional Business Clusters from the Perspective of Tourism Micro Enterprises
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2012 What Rules? Local Government Land Use Decision Making for Events in NSW
Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Investigating Thai Accommodation Managers' Environmental Management Practices: A Behavioural Intentions Approach
Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Patricia Johnson

Position

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Tourism

Contact Details

Email patricia.johnson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4921 5546

Office

Room SR 114
Building SRS
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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