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Dr Johan Edelheim
Current Appointment: Adjunct Fellow
Organisational Unit: School of Business and Tourism - Lismore

Telephone: (07) 5589 3053
Mobile: 0415 302 906
Location: 3.23
Campus: Beachside, Gold Coast

I joined SCU at the Coffs Harbour campus in 2004, and moved to the Beachside campus at the Gold Coast in 2010. I lecture a range of tourism and hospitality units, and coordinate MKT00128 Tourism&Hospitality Sales and Promotion, as well as MNG01222 Facilities and Risk Management.

Before my current career in academia, I worked in the hotel industry in my home country Finland, as well as for extended times in Sweden, Germany, Spain and the USA.

I hold a Bachelor degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Vaasan Hotelli ja Ravintola Instituutti (1992), and a Bachelor degree in Vocational Education from Abo Akademi (1999), both in Finland. After moving to Australia in 2000 I have also received a PG Cert in Higher Education from Macquarie University (2003); a PG Dip in Tourism Management (2001); a MBA (2003) both from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
My PhD comes from Macquarie University¿s department of Critical and Cultural Studies, thesis title ¿The Bushranger and the Big Banana - A Cultural Studies Critique of Tourism Studies¿. In it I used post-structural narrative analysis to investigate the being of attractions by suggesting that they could be read as personal narratives. I additionally questioned the being of tourists at attractions and used hermeneutic-linguistic phenomenology to highlight the fluid and very subjective nature of experiences at tourist attractions.

My research interests are divided between two separate areas, Hospitality and Tourism Education on the one hand and Post Structural Studies of Tourism on the other. While the first mentioned is highly practical and involves concrete actions in education, the other is more abstract and aims at critically evaluating tourism research and practice from a non-positivist perspective. While potentially sounding confused, the mixture is actually forcing me to think both laterally and analytically at both areas, thus never lacking new ideas of issues at hand.

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