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Dr Tamara Young

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Tourism)

Career Summary

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 activities 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.

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.

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.

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.


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Cultural Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Indigenous tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Tourism Studies
  • Tourism and social media
  • Traveller identities
  • Youth travel

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified 50
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified 15
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified 35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Academic Board Management Institute of Australia
Australia
1/01/2013 - 1/04/2015 Director - Education, Research and Training Tourism Hunter Board of Management
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2014 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Supervision Excellence
Unknown
2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Young 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]
DOI 10.4324/9780203884201
2008 Young 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]
2005 Young 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 (4 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 Kevin Lyons, Paul Stolk
2010 Young 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
2009 Young TN, 'Framing experiences of Aboriginal Australia: Guidebooks as mediators in backpacker travel', Tourism Analysis, 14 155-164 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.3727/108354209789116556
Citations Scopus - 4
2008 Jenkins 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]
DOI 10.1080/11745398.2008.9686787
Citations Scopus - 1
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Conference (10 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 Joanne Hanley, 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 Joanne Hanley, 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 Joanne Hanley
2011 Young 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
2011 Young 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
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 Joanne Hanley
2008 Young 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]
2008 Matthews 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]
2007 Jenkins 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]
2006 Young 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Lyons KD, Hanley, Young T, 'Tourism Hunter - Regional Tourism Organisation', Tourism Hunter, 35 (2012)
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $86,521

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20131 grants / $38,000

Hunter Wine Tourism Monitor Program and Research Project 2013$38,000

Funding body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Funding body Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association
Project Team Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Paul Stolk, Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301072
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20121 grants / $34,000

Hunter Valley Tourism Monitor Program$34,000

Funding body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Funding body Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association
Project Team Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200008
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20111 grants / $6,500

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

Funding body: Tourism Hunter

Funding body Tourism Hunter
Project Team Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100835
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20101 grants / $2,000

Faculty of Business and Law - Award for Research Excellence$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001014
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $5,459

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189861
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

International Tourism and Media Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 25/11/2008 - 28/11/2008$631

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189676
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $562

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tamara Young
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186980
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Indigenous Spatial Heritage: Effective Mapping and Tourism Marketing for Conservation and Community Empowerment in Australia
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011 Volunteer Tourism and Third Space/Borderlands
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 What Does Tourism Mean to Residents? An Investigation of Madura Island, Indonesia
Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013 A Case Study Investigation of Adventure Tourism Operators in National Parks
Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Tamara Young

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Tourism

Contact Details

Email tamara.young@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5804
Fax 02) 4921 6911

Office

Room SR105
Building Social Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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