Dr Michelle Thompson is a Lecturer in the Learning Design and Innovation Directorate at CQUniversity's Cairns campus. She has a PhD from James Cook University, where her research modelled the drivers and barriers to tourism development in agricultural regions. Michelle’s research interests focus on regional tourism development, including agri-tourism, food and wine tourism, nature-based tourism, rural and remote areas and sustainability. She has worked on a diverse range of projects, including delivering specialist workshops on agri-tourism development, engaging in contract research for industry associations, Local Government Authorities, Regional Development Australia and Indigenous Land Corporation, and working on nationally funded research projects (MTSRF and NERP). Michelle’s research experience reflects her passion for regional areas and applied research that provides industry and community outcomes. As part of the MBA(L) academic team, Michelle also draws on her research experiences and incorporates these into CQU's MBA(Leadership) program.
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
James Cook University
2019 CQUniversity Student Voice Award for Educators of the Year (TOUR20021)
2019 School of Business and Law Platinum Certificate for Top Rated Unit in Term 2, 2019 (TOUR20021)
2012 CAUTHE PhD Student Bursary $1,500.00
2012 CAUTHE’s Bill Faulkner Memorial Award for Best PhD Paper
Butterworth, K. (2016, July 6). Central Queensland could be in for an agri-tourism boom. Queensland Country Life. Retrieved from https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au
Member of the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) 2017 - current
Member of the Council for Australasian Universities Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) 2017 - current
Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (September, 2019). Visitor views and concerns about the Great Barrier Reef: Preliminary results of a 2019 survey. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities, CQUniversity: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Prideaux, B., McGrath, J., & Thompson, M. (2018). Feasibility study into the viability of managing the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Report prepared for Gidarjil and the Indigenous Land Council (ILC), Bundaberg. Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities, CQUniversity: Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (September, 2017). A report on commission structures in the marine tourism industry in Cairns and the Whitsundays. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). CQUniversity: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Prideaux, B., Pabel, A., & Thompson, M. (March, 2016). Whitsunday capacity study. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). CQUniversity & RRRC: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Carmody, J., Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (2016). Regional Development Australia – Far North Queensland and Torres Strait: Regional roadmap - Regional overview 2016. Report prepared RDA Far North Queensland & Torres Strait (RDA FNQ&TS). CQUniversity, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Tourism - Impacts of Tourism
Tourism - Tourism Management
Tourism - Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience