Dr Patricia Johnson

Dr Patricia Johnson


Newcastle Business School (Tourism)

Career Summary


Patricia embarked on her academic career  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 analyzing 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 sociology. 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 C 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. 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. Other areas of research that she has been involved in include recreation specialisation and tourist image construction of PNG,and  wine 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.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Patricia Johnson is Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Sustainable Tourism Management at Callaghan and Central Coast campuses in NSW and is Course Coordinator in the delivery of courses at the University of Newcastle Singapore. Courses include: Visitor Behaviour and Management, Leisure Behaviour and Management, Event Management, Tourism Policy and Planning, and Tourism Principles and Practices. She also supervises Honours and Postgraduate students in Tourism.  Patricia has substantial experience in teaching at an undergraduate level across disciplines and topic areas having held a number of teaching and lecturing positions 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.


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


  • 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

Academic appointment

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

Grants and Funding


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

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Tourism Destination Governance: The Co-operation Between Business Sectors and Local Residents - A Case Study in Vietnam PhD (Leisure & Tourism), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD What Rules? Local Government Land Use Decision Making for Events in NSW PhD (Leisure & Tourism), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Investigating Thai Accommodation Managers' Environmental Management Practices: A Behavioural Intentions Approach PhD (Leisure & Tourism), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Monumentalising LanguageVisitor Experience and Meaning Making at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument Tourism, Southern Cross University Co-Supervisor

Dr Patricia Johnson


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area


Contact Details

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


Room X-738
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus