Who We Are - Dr Margaret Deery

Dr Margaret Deery

Website Last Updated On : Saturday 21/05/2011

Director: Dr Margaret Deery

B.A (Hons), Grad Dip, M.A., PhD.

Dr Margaret Deery was the Professorial Research Fellow with STCRC, managing national projects and assessing applications and project milestones. She was the Director of a University Research Centre and has taught at both secondary and tertiary levels for over 30 years.

Her expertise is in the areas of:

  1. Social impacts of tourism and events
  2. Volunteer management
  3. Human resource management issues including employee turnover and work-life balance
  4. Business event industry development

Over the last 18 years, Margaret has taught, consulted and researched in tourism, hospitality and human resource management. Her consulting and research activities in hospitality initially focused on HR issues, specifically in the area of employee turnover in the hotel industry. Her PhD and subsequent research was used in the Australian Government's Inquiry into Workforce Challenges in the Tourism Sector where she appeared as a witness in the Inquiry. Margaret was a member of the Leadership Group for the Restaurant and Catering IndustryAction Agenda and led the team for the Victorian Auditor General examining Food Safety in Victoria. She is currently focusing on Work Life Balance (WLB) issues for hospitality employees and is involved in an international comparative study on WLB.

 Margaret's expertise in tourism focuses on the social impacts of both tourism and events. She has led a large number of consultancy and research studies in this area working with local, state and national authorities to examine the impact of tourism on the host residents of tourism destinations. The results from her research and consultancy in this field have been applied to a number of communities. Margaret's other tourism expertise is in business events and she was the project leader for the Australian National Business Events Study and the UNWTO funded project on A Framework to Evaluate the Global Meetings Industry.

Margaret has over 100 peer reviewed publications and has written for academic and industry audiences. She is the Co-editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Regional Editor for the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. She is on the editorial board of a number of other international journals. She has been the recipient of a large number of funding grants including ARC and industry funded grants.