Kathy Babiak is a management and organization scholar. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Michigan. Her research interests examine exploring strategic change, decision-making, partnerships and alliances, and social responsibility across an array of settings and contexts including sport and recreation. She is interested in understanding how sport organisations and events can impact communities from an economic, social, and political perspective. Dr. Babiak is the Director of the Michigan Center for Sport and Social Responsibility. In this role, she works with a research team of global scholars whose work advances understanding of the role of sport organisations and business in society.

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Sara Dolnicar is a Professor of Tourism at the University of Queensland. She has a particular interest in empirical measurement in the social sciences, and has applied her work primarily to tourism, but has also contributed to the areas of environmental volunteering, foster care and public acceptance of water alternatives. Her current research program focuses on developing and experimentally testing measures that trigger pro-environmental behaviour in tourists. In recognition of her achievements, Professor Dolnicar was elected a Fellow of the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST), and the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). In 2019, she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship to leave a creative and human legacy relating to her research into low harm hedonism. Professor Dolnicar currently serves as the co-editor-in-chief of Annals of Tourism Research. She was awarded the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Distinguished Researcher Award in 2017, and named the Slovenian Ambassador of Science in 2016, the highest honour the Republic of Slovenia bestows on expatriate Slovenian researchers in recognition of global excellence, impact, and knowledge transfer. In 2020, Professor Dolnicar commenced her Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship which will develop – as part of the Low Harm Hedonism Initiative – a new theory and a suite of practical measures to make consumers behave in more environmentally sustainable ways in enjoyment-focused contexts.

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Sheranne Fairley is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on sport tourism, event leveraging, and volunteers. Sheranne has a strong track record of publishing in highly ranked academic journals, including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, and Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Journal of Leisure Research, Tourism Recreation Research, and Event Management. She is a North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow.

Sheranne is the editor-in-chief of Sport Management Review (impact factor 3.516; the top ranked sport management journal). She is currently an associate editor for Leisure Sciences, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sport & Tourism, the Journal of Global Sport Management, and Sport and Entertainment Review.

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Sarah Gardiner has a PhD in Marketing and over 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry. She is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia. Her research is published in leading tourism academic journals and she has written several book chapters on the topics of travel consumer behaviour, travel trends, experience design and innovation. She regularly delivers presentations, consultancies and training for government and industry in these areas and is often asked to provide expert comment to media on tourism issues. She has a particularly interested in youth and adventure tourism.

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Ljubica Kneževic Cvelbar is a full professor at the School of Business and Economics, University of Ljubljana and a visiting professor at more than 30 universities worldwide. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, with her expertise in the fields of tourism economics and sustainable development. Ljubica has 15 years of academic and professional experience as a professor, researcher and consultant. She has been involved as a researcher or consultant in more than 50 projects including European Commission funded projects, UNDP grants, research and consulting projects for national governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro as well as many consultancy projects for local municipalities and SMEs. She has published more than 40 papers in refereed tourism journals including top-tier journals such as: Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Her research work has made significant impact on sustainable tourism development globally and she has been awarded with some of the most prominent international scientific awards in tourism including the Thea Sinclair Award for Article Excellence (2016, 2019) and the 2019 Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award. Ljubica also serves as an editorial board member on six international academic journals and is member of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST).

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Lan Liu is a third year Masters student majoring in tourism at Shandong University, China. Her research interest centres on online accommodation and OTA. She also works for rural tourism planning and rural revitalization programs in a municipal government of Hebei Province, China. She is currently working on her Masters thesis which is focused on the risk management issues of online accommodation platforms in China with Tujia as the case study.


Sarah MacInnes is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in the School of Business. She completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (first class honours) at the University of Queensland, and her honours thesis topic was investigating the integrated self-categorisation theory of autism. Her current primary interests are the psychological underpinnings to pro-environmental behaviour (namely habit) and experimental design, both of which are applied to tourism in her PhD topic. She is part of the Low Harm Hedonism Initiative, a research team investigating the reduction of harm in enjoyment-focused contexts.

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Melanie Randle is a Professor of Marketing in the School of Business at the University of Wollongong (UOW). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, a Master of Business (Marketing) and a Doctor of Philosophy. Melanie’s research focuses on applying marketing techniques to change attitudes and behaviours in ways that improve outcomes for both individuals and society as a whole. Her research focuses primarily on vulnerable populations and has included studies which aim to increase numbers of volunteers, attract more foster carers, achieve greater inclusion of people with disabilities, encourage pro-environmental behaviours, and reduce problem gambling. She has led large-scale Australian Research Council projects funded through the Discovery and Linkage schemes, and has long-term industry collaborations in the non-profit and government sectors. Melanie is currently a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts and also serves as associate editor for Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights. She also holds the role of Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) in the Faculty of Business and Law and is responsible for driving equity and diversity outcomes, and leading related culture and staff development initiatives within the Faculty. She has also previously served as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Chair of the UOW Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.

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Stephan Reinhold is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Studies at the Linnaeus University in Sweden and a Research Associate at Universität St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has a particular interest in strategic decision-making, practice, and cognition with a nexus to tourism, transportation, and related network and service industries. His current research focuses on business models in tourism and flow-based destination management. Dr Reinhold is a founding member of the Alliance for Innovators and Researchers in Tourism and Hospitality (AIRTH). He currently serves on the editorial review boards of Tourism Review and of Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights.

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Damjan Vavpotič is a Vice-Dean, Head of the Laboratory for Information Systems and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana. He has been actively involved in several European and national projects and in numerous marketing projects. In the field of tourism, he is currently actively involved in the project Tourism 4.0, and also participated in the development of guidelines for destination management based on carrying capacity and tourism flow models. He has published more than 50 articles in journals and conferences and is a member of the program committees of several international conferences. An important area of ​​his research work is advanced data analysis methods in tourism, and he received the Thea Sinclair Award for Journal Article Excellence in 2019 from Sage Publishing for a publication.

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Dorine von Briel is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. She studies ways to reduce environmentally harmful behaviours in pleasure-seeking contexts. In 2020, she joined the Low Harm Hedonism Initiative led by Professor Sara Dolnicar. Her current projects focus on understanding how the negative environmental impact of tourists can be reduced when they stay at hotels. Prior to joining academia, Dorine worked in international event management and organised large conferences and cultural shows in Cannes, Paris, Hong Kong and Brisbane.

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Yixiao Xiang is an associate professor of tourism management in the School of Management, Shandong University, China. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research interests are heritage tourism and community studies (particularly tourism and local communities on and around world heritage sites in China), politics of tourism planning and management in China, and tourism sustainability. She has published more than 15 research papers in academic journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and has been invited as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed tourism journals. She has been actively involved in IUCN World Natural Heritage evaluation work by invitation for the past two years.


Samira Zare has a PhD in Management and Commerce with tourism specialisation from James Cook University, Australia. Currently, she works at the University of Queensland as a sessional academic. She has research experience in the areas of destination marketing, travel memories and peer-to-peer accommodation networks and intercultural studies. Her current interests include but are not limited to: tourist behaviour, sustainable tourism, experience design, and luxury tourism. In 2020 she was highly commended in the Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research awards for her PhD thesis titled Recall and post-trip evaluation of tourist destinations: the effect of travel order. Samira serves as a reviewer in a number of prestigious journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Journal of Destination Management and Marketing.

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