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Research Interests

Associate Professor Pawson's areas of teaching and research interests include leadership, social and environmental justice, human rights, community-based tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, tourism and zoology, tourism and species conservation, human and wildlife trafficking, hotel strategic management, destination marketing and national identity, sustainable tourism, heritage tourism, destination management, and social sciences research.

Research Profile

With industry, teaching and research experience since 1988, Associate Professor Simon Pawson is an academic leader, strategist, motivator and social justice advocate. Simon is the Associate Dean of Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary and Academic Director – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia. His areas of teaching and research include leadership, marketing, strategic management, social / environmental justice, sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, and destination management. Simon has been an active researcher and social advocate in Cambodia since 2002. Both his Masters and PhD thesis examined social and community development through tourism in Cambodia. He is a joint Director of The Cambodian Sustainable Tourism Development Collaborative Project and sits on the Board of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Philosophy, Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2018

Tourism Management, Master, Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


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