Our research focuses on understanding event, hotel, sport and tourism management; real estate and property development - and the role these industries play in our lives. Through our research, the Department aims to contribute to sustainability, engender corporate social responsibility, influence social and government policies, and promote best practice in our field.
We have close ties with the Griffith Institute for Tourism.
Recent research projects undertaken by the Department include:
Improving the identification and development of Australia's sporting talent
This project represents one of the most comprehensive analyses of talent identification and development ever conducted.
Professor Toohey leads a team of over twenty professionals to tackle the issue of better understanding the range of factors involved in talent identification and development, not just the biophysical markers that previous research has identified. The team includes a mix of of the best credentialed researchers and practitioners from the project's industry partners, including the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Football League, Cricket Australia, and Tennis Australia.
Find out more about this project:
Knowledge of doping: How athletes learn about doping rules and practices
- Professor James Skinner
- Associate Professor Stephen Moston
- Dr Terry Engelberg
This research examines current knowledge about doping rules, and the practice of doping, amongst a sample of elite athletes, their coaches, and other support staff. Results from this study will improve the knowledge and understanding of awareness of doping rules and offer an in-depth depiction of current doping practices. The results will have considerable practical application in the development of both anti-doping educational materials, and sport policy that guides the investigation and detection of doping in sport.
The impact of new professional sporting teams on community engagement and fan development
- Associate Professor Heath McDonald
- Professor Dan Funk
- Professor Simon Bell
In an effort to stimulate interest and participation, professional sports codes have introduced new teams into areas promising growth. Governments have often supported these developmental efforts and the costly infrastructure and promotion they require, in the expectation of significant community benefits. This study is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between the introduction of new professional teams and the impact those teams have on individual fan development and overall community well-being. The introduction of two new AFL teams in non-traditional markets over the next five years provides a rare opportunity for the longitudinal study needed to refine theory and improve stakeholder decision-making and benefit.
New professional sporting teams are costly, often requiring substantial infrastructural support and government subsidies. This study of the launch of two new AFL teams will clarify the benefits gained in terms of the fan base they will stimulate as well as the well-being of the communities they enter, and identify ways to maximise both outcomes. This knowledge will increase the likelihood of AFL survival in a highly competitive global industry, and ensure governments and communities receive the best return for their investment in the new teams. A comprehensive understanding of the processes of acculturation for complex cultural services like AFL will also benefit other sporting and recreational industries that rely upon community support.
This project is administered by Swinburne University of Technology in partnership with the Australian Football League.
development of attitudes to doping: a longitudinal study of young elite
The importance of studying young athletes has been highlighted by the frequency with which drug use in young athletes has been observed. This study will employ a longitudinal-sequential methodology. From this study it will be possible to chart the causative links between personal characteristics (for example, moral development, ethnicity) and life events (for example, coaching experiences, sporting history), to doping attitudes and behaviours.
Review of social science anti-doping literature and recommendations for action.
To date there has been only one major attempt at reviewing the social science literature on doping (Backhouse, McKenna, Robinson & Atkin, 2007), which was prepared for WADA. Consequently, there exists a need for a new, comprehensive review of the social science anti-doping literature. This new review will highlight gaps in the current anti-doping knowledge base, and the potential for social science research to inform anti-doping interventions such as education and deterrence. The review will also explore the potential for social science research to inform the detection of anti-doping rule violations.