Griffith University is a world leader in sustainable tourism research. Research expertise at The Griffith Institute for Tourism, led by Professor Susanne Becken, through its Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change strategic research program, focuses on how to ensure that tourism activity is sustainable (economically, environmentally, socially and culturally) and resilient to major pressures, such as climate change or resource depletion. Of particular interest to this program is tourism that occurs in the most vulnerable sites on our planet. This includes tourism in Protected Areas, including World Heritage Sites, and tourism in small island states and coastal environments. The management and development of nature-based tourism, and the benefits generated for both the environment and communities, is of particular interest to researchers at GIFT.
Key research faculty at GIFT include Professor Susanne Becken, Professor David Weaver, Dr Brent Moyle, Dr Char-lee McLennan, Dr Aishath Shakeela. Other key Griffith University researchers include Professor Ralf Buckley, International Chair in Ecotourism Research, Dr Guy Castley, and Dr Alexandra Coghlan. Projects and publications for faculty members are available on line at Griffith Experts.