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Biography

Dr Tamara Young is a lecturer in Tourism in the Newcastle Business School. Her research is in the multidisciplinary field of tourism studies, with a particular emphasis on critical tourism theory and cultural research methodologies. Her research activites and interests are focused on the role of tourism media as an interface between traveller cultures and travelled cultures; the social and cultural aspects of travel and tourism (especially youth and backpacker tourism); the representation and interpretation of Aboriginal Australia in the context of tourism; and Indigenous tourism, cultural landscapes (in particular, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park) and culturally sustainable tourism in Australia. Tamara also conducts research on the Indigenisation of curriculum in Business and Law education. She has co-authored a book entitled Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller (Wearing, Stevenson and Young, 2010), and her research has also been published in book chapters and international journals.

In 2014, Dr Young was appointed Head of the Tourism Discipline. She is a multi-award winning academic with her contribution to the UoN recognised in the areas of teaching and learning, research, and research supervision. Tamara received the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning (Faculty of Business and Law) in 2014, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Supervision Excellence (Business and Law) in 2013, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence (Business and Law) in 2010. Dr Young is on the Academic Board of the Management Institute of Australia, and a Director of the Tourism Hunter Board of Management.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 14/12/2005
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Newcastle, 02/05/1997
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • Backpacker Tourism
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Independent Travel
  • Indigenous Tourism
  • Social Media
  • Sociology of Tourism
  • Tourism Media
  • Tourism in Australia
  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Youth Tourism

Research expertise

Tourist Cultures and Traveller Identities: I have conducted extensive qualitative research into youth travel in Australia, with my research focus on the interactions of young adults with travelled cultures, and the significance of these experiences for informal education and lifelong learning. My current research examines the intersection between social media and backpacker travel experiences. In particular, my research is focused on the ways in which social networking sites are used in the mediation of travel experiences, and the shaping of traveller identities and travel communities.This project forms the basis for continuing research into the role and significance of travel and travel communities in the lives of young people.

Indigenous Cultural Tourism: My PhD in Social Science (Leisure and Tourism Studies) focused on representations of Aboriginal Australia in tourism media and backpacker experiences of Indigenous cultures and Indigenous cultural landscapes. My thesis examined the representation and interpretation of Aboriginal Australia in the context of tourism, and the relationships between travel media (guidebooks), travellers (backpackers) and travelled cultures (Aboriginal Australia). My thesis engaged textual and content analysis coupled with audience research to examine the ways in which traveller experiences of Aboriginal Australia are mediated and constructed, and the ways that Indigenous cultural knowledges are shaped, framed and experienced.

Indigenisation of Tourism Curriculum: My research engages with the Indigenous collaboration initiatives and objectives of the University of Newcastle. This project, in partnership with Dr Amy Maguire in the Newcastle Law School, focuses on the incorporation of Indigenous-related content and perspectives in Business and Law education, to promote curricular justice for Indigenous students and meet the wider responsibility of educating all students for equity, social justice and anti-racism.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150600Tourism50
150300Business And Management35
200100Communication And Media Studies15

Awards

Research Award.

2013Vice-Chancellor's Award for Supervision Excellence
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
In recognition and appreciation of outstanding performance and contribution to the University of Newcastle.
2010Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Faculty Research Excellence Award

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning

2014Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle (Australia)
For an authentic approach to learning that fosters independent thinking among students to create work-ready tourism graduates.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I am the Head of the Tourism Discipline in the Newcastle Business School, the Faculty of Business and Law Indigenous Student Liaison Officer, and the Tourism Honours Coordinator. My other service roles in the Faculty of Business and Law: include the Co-Director of Student Recruitment (2014), Co-Chair of the Early Career Researcher Committee (2011), and Acting Head of the Tourism Discipline (2010). I am also a member of various Faculty and School Committees and Boards.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Cultural Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Tourism Studies

Teaching expertise

I have substantial teaching experience having taught in a range of undergraduate courses in the areas of tourism and leisure studies, and media and cultural studies. I am currently teaching:

TOUR1000 Tourism Principles and Practices

TOUR2001 Tourism, Culture and Heritage Management

TOUR3002 Event Management

TOUR3003 Tourism Marketing

TOUR4000 Theory in Tourism

Other courses I have taught include: Critical Perspectives in Leisure; Leisure, Society and Contemporary Culture; Leisure Management; Media, Culture and Society; Popular Culture and Society.

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Wearing S, Stevenson D, Young TN, Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, 169 (2010) [A1]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Young TN, 'Welcome to Aboriginal land: The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park', Tourism and National Parks: International Perspectives on Development, Histories and Change, Routledge, London 128-140 (2009) [B1]
2008Young TN, 'Mediating volunteer tourism alternatives: Guidebook representatives of travel experiences in Aboriginal Australia', Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism: International Case Study Perspectives, Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International, Wallingford, United Kingdom 195-209 (2008) [B1]
2005Young TN, 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Backpackers at Uluru', Down the Road: Exploring Backpacker and Independent Travel, API Network, Perth, Western Australia 33-53 (2005) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Young TN, Lyons KD, ''I travel because I want to learn...': Backpackers and the conduits of cultural learning', Lifelong Learning in Europe, 15 150-158 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: KEVIN LYONS

2009Young TN, 'Framing experiences of Aboriginal Australia: Guidebooks as mediators in backpacker travel', Tourism Analysis, 14 155-164 (2009) [C1]
2008Jenkins JM, Young TN, 'Urban development and the leisure dilemma: A case study of leisure and recreation in urban residential estates in the Lower Hunter, New South Wales', Annals of Leisure Research, 11 77-100 (2008) [C1]

Conference (10 outputs)

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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]

Co-authors: KEVIN LYONS

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]

Co-authors: KEVIN LYONS

2011Young TN, Pearse A, Butler K, 'Indigenising Curricula: Lessons from Tourism Studies', CAUTHE 2011 National Conference Program and Proceedings. Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: KATHLEEN BUTLER

2011Young TN, Lyons KD, 'Cultural Learning or Learning Culture?: Backpacker Experiences with Aboriginal Culture and the Implications for Volunteer Tourism', CAUTHE 2011 National Conference Program and Proceedings. Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]

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]
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]
2008Matthews A, Young TN, 'Tripping around the world: Unpacking backpacker discourses on drug use in the context of international travel', International Tourism and Media Conference 2008 Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E2]
2008Young TN, 'Changing landscapes: A comparative study of representations of Uluru in Lonely Planet Guidebooks to Australia', International Tourism and Media Conference 2008 Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E2]
2007Jenkins J, Young TN, 'Leisure and recreation in new urban communities: inventories of resources in four lower hunter residential estates', Sustainability Conference: The Third International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Abstracts, Chennai, India (2007) [E3]
2006Young TN, 'Travelling companions: The role of guidebooks as mediators in backpacker travel', International Tourism and Media Conference 2006 Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2006) [E2]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Lyons KD, Hanley, Young T, 'Tourism Hunter - Regional Tourism Organisation', Tourism Hunter, 35 (2012)

Co-authors: KEVIN LYONS

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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants7
Total funding$86,521

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2013 (1 grants)

Hunter Wine Tourism Monitor Program and Research Project 2013$38,000
Funding Body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Project Team
Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Paul Stolk, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$38,00020132013
GNo:G1301072

2012 (1 grants)

Hunter Valley Tourism Monitor Program$34,000
Funding Body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Project Team
Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$34,00020122012
GNo:G1200008

2011 (1 grants)

Identifying the training and research needs of tourism operators in the Hunter Region$6,500
Funding Body: Tourism Hunter

Project Team
Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,50020112011
GNo:G1100835

2010 (1 grants)

Faculty of Business and Law - Award for Research Excellence$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Award for Research ExcellenceChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020102010
GNo:G1001014

2008 (2 grants)

The Road Increasinly Travelled: An exploratory study of backpacker tourism in the Hunter Region$4,828
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,82820082008
GNo:G0189861

International Tourism and Media Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 25/11/2008 - 28/11/2008$631
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$63120082008
GNo:G0189676

2006 (1 grants)

International Tourism and Media Conference (ITAM), Monash University, Melbourne, 28/11/06 - 1/12/2006$562
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$56220062006
GNo:G0186980
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.35

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorAboriginal Placenames and Ethnobiology: Enhancing Interpretation of Indigenous Culture and Heritage
20112017PhD (Human Geography)Co-SupervisorVolunteer Tourism and Third Space/Borderlands

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Leisure & Tourism)Co-SupervisorWhat Does Tourism Mean to Residents? An Investigation of Madura Island, Indonesia
2013PhD (Leisure & Tourism)Co-SupervisorA Case Study Investigation of Adventure Tourism Operators in National Parks
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Dr Tamara Young

Work Phone(02) 4921 5804
Fax02) 4921 6911
Email
PositionsLecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaTourism
Office
SR105,
Social Sciences Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tamara-young