Dr Elaine Chiao Ling Yang, originally from Malaysia, is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at Griffith University and Tourism Researcher at Griffith Institute for Tourism in Australia. Elaine takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to tourism and hospitality research. Her research expertise lies in diversity management; social inequalities in tourism; and solo travel. Elaine has investigated various issues pertinent to women in tourism as workers, entrepreneurs, and travellers. She has also undertaken research on children and migrant workers and specialises in visual and arts-based methods.
In 2019, Elaine delivered a research and training project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to empower women entrepreneurs in Latin America to succeed in their tourism businesses by cultivating their digital entrepreneurial competency. She has also worked with Tourism Australia, Asian Development Bank and other organisations on consultancy and funded projects. Elaine has been identified as an Emerging Tourism Scholar by e-Review of Tourism Research and she won the Early Researcher Award from the Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific Network in 2020. Elaine’s goal is to work on projects that bring positive changes to women and marginalised groups in tourism and hospitality.