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Erica Wilson
Professor Erica Wilson
BAdmin(Tourism)(Hons)(JCU), GradDip(EnvStud)(Adel), PhD(Griff)
Current Appointment: Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
Organisational Unit: Office of the PVC (Academic Innovation)

Mobile: 0418 672 872
Location: F3.17
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Professor Erica Wilson is Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Innovation). Previously, Erica has held the roles of Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (Acting), as well as interim Dean, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Business and Tourism. She is based at the Lismore campus.

Born in Seattle, Erica has called Australia home for over three decades. Her doctoral thesis (Griffith University) was an interpretive, qualitative exploration into the constraints faced by Australian solo women travellers. Erica also holds a postgraduate diploma in environmental studies (Adelaide University), and a first-class honours degree in tourism administration (James Cook University).

Erica has published over 80 scholarly outputs, including two co-edited books: 'Women and Travel: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives' (2017) and 'Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities' (2012). She currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Hospitality and Society, Journal of Tourism and Development, and the Annals of Leisure Research (where she was Associate Editor and Book Reviews Editor from 2008-2015). Erica was also a member of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Technical and Scientific and Advisory Committee (from 2006 to 2015). She has supervised a number of PhDs, Masters by Research and Honours theses to successful completion.

As part of a team, Erica was awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014 ('Education for Sustainability in the Undergraduate Business Curriculum'), and a Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2012. She was also awarded the Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education CAUTHE Fellows Award in 2013 for Contribution to Tourism Research and Teaching.

Research Interests:

critical pedagogy and theory in tourism

gender and tourism

leisure constraints and negotiation

sustainable tourism in protected and World Heritage areas

qualitative/ feminist methodologies

Teaching Specialisations:

special interest tourism

sustainable tourism

honours coursework and research methods