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Anja Pabel

PhD Tourism, BBus (Hons I)
Lecturer - Tourism
School of Business and Law
Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities
(07) 4037 4716
Level 3 Cairns City Square - CQUniversity Australia
Cnr Abbott and Shields Streets, Cairns QLD 4870
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Dr Anja Pabel is a lecturer in tourism at CQUniversity in Cairns, Australia. Her research interests are: humour research, tourist behaviour, nature-based tourism and marine tourism. Anja completed a Bachelor of Business with first class honours in 2009 at James Cook University (JCU). After finishing her degree, she worked as a research assistant at JCU’s tourism department for one year. In 2011, she started a PhD in tourism at JCU. Her PhD research investigated the role of humour in tourism settings. More specifically she examined in what ways humour influences the tourist experience in making tourists feel comfortable, connected and more mindful.


Recipient of the 2018 School of Business and Law Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for outstanding Early-Career Researcher

Media Citations

Print ‘Event’s a funny story’ – Cairns Post (Andrea Falvo), 03 February 2018

Radio ‘Australasian Humour Studies Network conference’ - ABC Far North Queensland (Adam Stephen), 02 February 2018

Print ‘Giant boomerang to return big gain’ - Cairns Post (Daniel Bateman), 25 January 2017

Print ‘Cultural tourism loses its appeal: Indigenous providers advised to start reinventing their attractions’ – Cairns Post (Daniel Bateman), 19 January 2017

Print ‘Laughing matters say tourism academics’ - Tropic Now (Sam Davis), 22 November 2016

Radio ‘New data which will change how the Tropical North Queensland tourism industry operates’ – ABC Far North (Kier Shorey), 21 November 2016

Print ‘Tourism Talk’ - Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette (General News), 26 November 2015

Professional Memberships

Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN)
Centre of Tourism and Regional Opportunities (CTRO)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Tourism

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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