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Dr. Anja Pabel

PhD Tourism, BBus (Hons I)
Lecturer - Tourism
School of Business and Law
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
Cairns
Level 3 Cairns City Square - CQUniversity Australia
Cnr Abbott and Shields Streets, Cairns QLD 4870
About Me
General
Background

Dr Anja Pabel is a lecturer in tourism at CQUniversity in Cairns, Australia. Her research interests are: tourist behaviour, nature-based tourism, marine tourism and humour research. 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 2015, she completed her 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. In recent years, she has become active in publishing work on student experience using qualitative data from social media. She has received awards for her commitment to teaching and learning.

Awards

2020 - Student Voice Award for Educators of the Year (TOUR20022)

2019 - School of Business and Law Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outstanding Early-Career Researcher

2019 - CQU Publication Recognition Award for Level B Academic

2019 - Student Voice Commendation for Educators of the Year (TOUR20020)

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

Media Citations

Print ‘Loved to death’ – Be Magazine (Mary Bolling), Issue 31, 2020

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), 2015 to current
Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN), 2016 to current

Industry Reports

Prideaux, B., Carmody, J., & Pabel, A. (2017). Long term implication of the 2016 and 2017 Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching events on the tourism industry and tourism dependent coastal communities. Report prepared for the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities, CQUniversity: Cairns (95pp.).

Prideaux, B., Pabel, A., & Thompson, M. (2016). Whitsunday Capacity Study. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). CQUniversity & RRRC: Cairns (52pp.).

Recent Research Projects
The road less travelled.  Opening the door to the leisure travel experience for people living with dementia
From: 31/03/2020 to 31/12/2021
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 1: Aust Competitive Grant)
Funding Scheme: Dementia Grants Program Round 1 2019 - Dementia Australia Research Foundation
Total Funding: $68,009.84
Tourists' adoption of social media: a human-computer interaction perspective
From: 01/06/2017 to 30/11/2017
Grant: Unknown (Not Specified )
Funding Scheme: 2017 Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunties (CTRO) - CQU Research Funding
Total Funding: $1,000.00
Towards a better understanding of the sleep literacy of tourism workers
From: 01/06/2017 to 31/12/2017
Grant: Unknown (Not Specified )
Funding Scheme: 2017 Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunties (CTRO) - CQU Research Funding
Total Funding: $4,990.00
Regional perceptions of the GBR post bleaching
From: 25/02/2017 to 01/09/2017
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
Total Funding: $50,000.00
Challenges faced by Indigenous Stakeholders in Far North Queensland, Australia
From: 01/07/2016 to 31/12/2016
Grant: Competitive Grant (Not Specified )
Funding Scheme: 2016 CTRO Internal Research Grant
Total Funding: $3,640.00
Research tourism surveys: Visitors' perceptions of crowding in Whitsundays tourism locations
From: 04/01/2016 to 31/03/2016
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
Total Funding: $45,415.53
Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3508 Tourism

At the level of Principal Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
An investigation into the major factors impacting the long term economic sustainability of the Cairns dive tourism industry
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
The relationship between internal communication and team performance in event management at Australian hotels
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Impacts of Tourism

Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Tourism Management

Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Tourism - Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience

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