Keynote Speakers

Prof. Sara Dolnicar, The University of Queensland, Australia

Title of speech: Airbnb and COVID-19 – Disrupting the Disruptor

Sara Dolnicar is a Professor in the Tourism Department at UQ Business School (The University of Queensland). Since her PhD, Professor Dolnicar has worked to improve market segmentation methodology and refine empirical measures used in social science research. She 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. Over the past few years she has studied peer-to-peer accommodation, an interest now reignited by COVID-19. Professor Dolnicar currently serves the Co-Editor in Chief of Annals of Tourism Research and Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Research.



Dr. Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia, Australia

Title of speech: Socialising tourism for social and ecological justice – A vision of tourism for the public good

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Business Unit, University of South Australia. Her work focuses on social justice, human rights and sustainability issues in tourism, hospitality and events. She has worked with communities, non-governmental organisations and businesses that seek to harness tourism for sustainable and equitable futures. She is one of the Founding members of the Tourism Alert and Action Forum. She has published in leading journals, the Conversation and Newsweek as well as contributed to tourism trade magazines. She was honoured as one of 50 “most awesome” tourism scholars in 2018 by the Women Academics in Tourism network.