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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.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 09/02/2007
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 13/12/2000
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Newcastle, 25/09/1998


Research keywords

  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Cruise Ship Tourism
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Destination Image
  • Liminality
  • Risk and Tourism
  • Travel Writing

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.


  • English

Fields of Research

150601Impacts Of Tourism70
150499Commercial Services Not Elsewhere Classified30


Teaching keywords

  • Cultural Studies
  • Culture and Heritage Management
  • Media Studies
  • Tourism Behaviour
  • Tourism Management

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.



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2014Johnson 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)

2014Johnson PC, 'Cultural literacy, cosmopolitanism and tourism research', Annals of Tourism Research, 44 255-269 (2014) [C1]
2012Johnson 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

2010Johnson PC, 'De-constructing the cosmopolitan gaze', Tourism and Hospitality Research, 10 79-92 (2010) [C1]
2010Johnson PC, 'Writing liminal landscapes: The cosmopolitan gaze', Tourism Geographies, 12 505-524 (2010) [C1]
2007Johnson PC, 'The 'Great Satan' vs the 'Mad Mullahs'', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 28 247-249 (2007) [C3]
2003Johnson PC, 'Book Review: 'Restoring Tourism Destinations in Crisis: A Strategic Marketing Approach', Current Issues in Tourism, 6 547-550 (2003) [C3]
2001Johnson 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)

2014Keogh 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

2014Keogh 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

2012Johnson 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

2012Johnson 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]
2012Johnson 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]
2011Johnson 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

2011Johnson 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]
2011Johnson 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]
2010Johnson PC, Pearse A, 'Destination development and cruise ship tourism: Case study Newcastle, NSW', Competition and Collaboration Between Regional Tourism Destinations, Macao, China (2010) [E1]
2009Lyons 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

2009Johnson PC, 'De-constructing the cosmopolitan gaze', Think Tank IX: Presentations and Papers, Singapore (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$5,000

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2011 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Patricia Johnson
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorExploring Engagement in Regional Business Clusters from the Perspective of Tourism Micro Enterprises
20122020PhD (Leisure & Tourism)Co-SupervisorWhat Rules? Local Government Land Use Decision Making for Events in NSW

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Leisure & Tourism)Co-SupervisorInvestigating Thai Accommodation Managers' Environmental Management Practices: A Behavioural Intentions Approach

Dr Patricia Johnson

Work Phone02 4921 5546
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaTourism
SR 114,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308