William Angliss Institute is emerging with its own unique style of scholarship. The Strategic Plan to 2020 commits the Institute to becoming a recognised part of Higher Education and the ongoing development of its applied research capability.
The expansion of the Institute’s long tradition of offering specialised VET programs in foods, tourism, hospitality and events into bachelor degrees has provided our experts with the opportunity to explore research and scholarship in both the Higher Education and Vocational Education areas.
William Angliss Institute’s staff undertake a broad range of scholarly activities in their specialised areas. They use this research to further engage with academic, industry and public communities via publications, seminars, events and association membership. They then use this new knowledge to further improve their teaching, thus enhancing our students’ learning experience.
Ultimately, our students benefit from the Institute’s scholarly activity and reputation as the specialist centre for Foods, Tourism, Hospitality and Events.
Institute staff conduct a broad scope of applied research activities related to the Institute’s specialisations of Foods, Tourism, Events and Hospitality.
Please see our Academic Staff Profiles page to view detailed profiles for our research active staff.
College of Eminent Professors
William Angliss Institute’s College of Eminent Professors represents a learned body of leading researchers and scholars from Australia, the UK, USA and Europe. The disciplinary profile of College members broadly represents each of the Institute’s specialisation areas: foods, tourism, hospitality, and events. The key role of the College is to support the Institute’s strategic goals through the mentoring of staff, provision of research support, thesis examination, and strategic counsel to the Institute. The College is led by Foundation Chair, Professor Sue Beeton, a graduate and former staff member of the Institute.
Please see our College of Eminent Professors page to view detailed profiles for our Eminent Professors.
The Institute’s Research Ethics Committee assesses all applications for ethics approval in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated May 2015).
Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates - 2018
Applications are to be received by the Committee no later than 2 weeks prior to the next scheduled Committee meeting. The Committee meets four times a year. The meeting dates for 2017 are:
- 1 February 2018
- 26 April 2018
- 28 June 2018
- 19 July 2018
- 23 August 2018
- 11 October 2018
A broad scope of funded research projects related to the Institute’s specialisations of Foods, Tourism, Events and Hospitality are listed below. Institute staff have been successful in attracting highly competitive Category 1 funding from the Australian Research Council and the Office for Learning and Teaching.
Find out more about our funded academic projects.
Research and Scholarship News
The proliferation of the sharing economy in tourism is clearly evident: Uber is the biggest taxi company, Airbnb receives more reservations than the largest international hotel chain, and Xiaozhu, a Chinese online accommodation sharing platform offers 80,000 listings in more than 250 locations. The sharing economy has fueled a new breed of micro-entrepreneurs, who are driven by unconventional and controversial entrepreneurial motives and follow un-traditional work patterns. The presentation reported on research investigating the impact of the sharing economy in entrepreneurship within the hospitality sector. By using Airbnb, the study identified three types of micro sharing entrepreneurs: the start-ups; the micro-hoteliers; and the second tier of sharing entrepreneurs, i.e., the entrepreneurs outsourcing hospitality services to micro-hoteliers. The presentation discussed the practical and research implications of these new types of entrepreneurship on the nature of hospitality experiences, the structure of the industry as well as on education and skills of entrepreneurship.
Presenter bio: Professor Mariana Sigala is Professor in Tourism at the University of South Australia Business School. Professor Sigala is a widely published authority in the area of Service Operations Management and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications in Tourism and Hospitality.
Sessional lecturer in our Bachelor of Food Studies, radical farmer and author Charles Massy presented his forensic analysis of how we farm and grow food. Due for publication in September 2017, his latest book Call of the Reed Warbler is an urgent call to arms - the urgency stemming from the fact that Earth and its supporting systems is slipping into a totally new, dangerous and human-caused epoch – the Anthropocene. But there is hope. His ground-breaking book focusses on a new regenerative agriculture and tells the story of extraordinary and tangible solutions to this first-time ever, human caused crisis.
Eminent Professor Susan Hendee presented on a topic close to her heart. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is at Susan Sykes Hendee's core. Chef Hendee revealed how a young, female in a male dominated profession takes action, and survives, evolves and excels over two decades, concluding in a PhD. In the twilight of her career, Dr Hendee, continues to explain, explore, and elucidate the interaction of EI skills in the professional and academic facets of the hospitality world.
Dr Aaron Tham’s presentation sought to uncover the lesser known effects of trolling on social media and its effects on tourism. While many scholars have devoted efforts to examine social media and electronic word of mouth on buying behaviour (e.g., experiences, hotels, restaurants), the consumer journey is initiated on social media by the interactions with often unknown others. Through the analysis of Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums, the presentation elucidated different types of trolling encounters, and their corresponding impacts to forum users, their perceptions of destinations and the travel context. Dr Aaron Tham is a lecturer and researcher at University of the Sunshine Coast, with a focus in tourism and hospitality. He researches in the areas of destination branding and marketing, social media and disruptive innovation, medical tourism, and culture and heritage.