Skip to Content
School of Business and Tourism

Research student supervision

Southern Cross University offers the opportunity for you to pursue research in business and tourism through a Master of Business (MBus) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Staff from the School of Business and Tourism are able to supervise postgraduate research candidates in a broad range of areas and across various methodologies. The following is a list of the key areas of research expertise in the School.

For more information about postgraduate research studies visit the Graduate School and contact the supervisors below who are relevant to your areas of interest to discuss their availability.

Academic staff eligible as principal supervisors

Academic staffKey areas of Research Expertise
Bruce Armstrong

Information systems
Environmental systems
Technology use by elderly & disadvantaged Australians
Jeremy BuultjensIndigenous entrepreneurship
Regional development and tourism
Tourism in protected areas
Employment relations
Yvonne Brunetto

Workplace relationships
Employee outcomes
Social support in the workplace
Employee responses to change
Grant CairncrossRegional/remote community development
Downshifting and sea change
Employment relations in tourism/hospitality
Service quality management
Management of volunteers
Michael CharlesPolicy studies
Transport and energy infrastructure
Futures research
Public values
Military policy and geopolitical history
Deborah Che

Gastronomic tourism
Heritage tourism
Nature/based and ecotourism
Tourism and economic restructuring
Mark Christensen

Accounting as a social construction
Management consulting
Actor-network theory management
Graham CooperCognitive load theory
Instructional design/pedagogy
Gender equity in science and maths
Human-computer interface
Kay DimmockScuba diving tourism
Marine tourism
Community impacts
Tourism and hospitality education
Ian EddieCorporate governance and finance
Financial reporting
Asian financial management
Corporate strategy and performance
Jennifer HarrisonFinancial management and performance
Social and environmentally sustainable investment
SME financial management
John JenkinsTourism and governance
Rural/regional tourism
Geography of tourism/leisure
Mobilities of tourism/leisure
Leisure and parenting
Craig JulianExport Marketing
Resource-Based View
Relational Exchange Theory
Eclectic Paradigm
Relationship Marketing
Robyn KeastService integration (government and non-government)
Collaborative research networks
Social network analysis
Infrastructure and asset management
Michael KorttLocal government studies
Public administration and governance
Policy studies
Geoffrey LambertonSustainability
Sustainable business
Buddhist ethics
Critical accounting theory
Mathew LamontSports tourism
Sport-based leisure
Corporate social responsibility
Jinghui (Jackie) LiuEarnings management
Financial reporting and disclosure
Corporate governance
Securities market supervision and regulation
Kevin MarkwellWildlife tourism
Human-animal studies
Gay tourism and identities
Sociology of events and sexuality
Nature-based tourist behaviour
Scott NiblockAsset pricing
Capital market efficiency
Equities and options trading strategies
Funds management performance
Silvia NelsonHuman resource management
Nursing management
Workplace relationships
Pascal ScherrerTourism in cultural and natural landscapes
Tourism and livelihoods
Socio-cultural visitor impacts
Indigenous tourism
David ScottTourist behaviour
Worker mobilities
Mobilities of everyday life
Non-representational theory
William SmartInformation system modelling
Golam SorwarE-Health
Multimedia signal processing
Wireless sensor networks and communication
Medical image processing
Tania Von Der HeidtCreativity in marketing education
Education for sustainability
Sustainability, collaborative product innovation
Pedagogies in higher education
Sustainability marketing
Kaye Walker Nature interpretation and tour guide training
Expedition cruise tourism
Community socio-cultural and environmental sustainability
Marine wildlife tourism
Civic education, action and sustainability
Betty WeilerTourist behaviour
Tourism communication
Chinese tourism
Visitor management
Tour guiding
Erica WilsonGender and tourism
Sustainable tourism
Tourism in protected areas
Critical theory/critical tourism
Tourism higher education
Mieke WitselTranscultural education
Teaching with technologies
Intercultural communication
Positive psychology
Tourism education
Jun XuInnovation and technology
Digital transformation, learning and management
Knowledge resources management
Health/medical records systems
Australia/China cross-cultural studies
Martin YoungBehavioural and radical geography
Geography of commercial gambling
Critical sociology of tourism
Marxian approaches to gambling, tourism and leisure
Rural and remote Australia

Academic staff eligible as co-supervisors

Academic staffKey areas of Research Expertise
Patrick GillettTeaching Research Nexus
Online learning technologies
Sport Tourism
Peter Forsyth (adjunct)Tourism economics
Tourism transportation policy
Raina MasonIntroductory programming education
Cognitive Load Theory applied to technical areas
Gender issues in STEM areas
Multimedia and health training
Computational thinking in schools
Brent Moyle (adjunct)Visitor management
Tourism impact accessment
Tourism destination development
Tourism product development
Tourism policy and planning
Social aspects of leisure participation
Tourism postgraduate education
Michelle Wallace (adjunct)Human resource management, including IHRM
Human resource development/workplace learning
Supervision of doctoral candidates
Research ethics and qualitative research
Simon WildeDestination competitiveness
Not-for-profit marketing
SME marketing
Digital marketing