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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150699Tourism not elsewhere classified50
200199Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified15
150399Business and Management not elsewhere classified35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/08/2014 - 30/01/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
16/07/2007 - 31/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Economics Politics and Tourism
Australia
2/01/2007 - 10/05/2007Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Economics Politics and Tourism
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Academic BoardManagement Institute of Australia
Australia
1/01/2013 - 1/04/2015Director - Education, Research and TrainingTourism Hunter Board of Management
Australia

Awards

Recipient

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

Research Award

YearAward
2013Vice-Chancellor's Award for Supervision Excellence
Unknown
2010Vice-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)

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]
DOI10.4324/9780203884201
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-authorsKevin Lyons
2009Young TN, 'Framing experiences of Aboriginal Australia: Guidebooks as mediators in backpacker travel', Tourism Analysis, 14 155-164 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.3727/108354209789116556
CitationsScopus - 4
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]
DOI10.1080/11745398.2008.9686787
CitationsScopus - 1

Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authorsKevin Lyons, Joanne Hanley
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-authorsJoanne Hanley, 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-authorsJoanne Hanley
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-authorsKathleen 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-authorsKevin Lyons
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-authorsJoanne Hanley
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]
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]
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-authorsKevin Lyons
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$86,521

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20131 grants / $38,000

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

Funding body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Funding bodyHunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association
Project TeamAssociate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Paul Stolk, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301072
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20121 grants / $34,000

Hunter Valley Tourism Monitor Program$34,000

Funding body: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Funding bodyHunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association
Project TeamAssociate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200008
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20111 grants / $6,500

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

Funding body: Tourism Hunter

Funding bodyTourism Hunter
Project TeamAssociate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Tamara Young
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100835
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20101 grants / $2,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tamara Young
SchemeAward for Research Excellence
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1001014
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tamara Young
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189861
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tamara Young
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189676
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tamara Young
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186980
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Indigenous 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
2011Volunteer Tourism and Third Space/Borderlands
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014What Does Tourism Mean to Residents? An Investigation of Madura Island, Indonesia
Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013A 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

Emailtamara.young@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5804
Fax02) 4921 6911

Office

RoomSR105
BuildingSocial Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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