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Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Associate

Freya is based at the University of South Australia’s School of Management. She is a member of the Hawke Research Institute (Adelaide, Australia), and is a specialist in international relations and its intersections with tourism. Her work has focused on human rights, justice and empowerment of local communities in the face of tourism development. She formerly worked with development organisations and gained experience in training for anti-racism and cross-cultural understanding in multicultural and Indigenous contexts. Since joining academia, Freya has worked on community tourism projects in Indigenous Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, where she has experience in conflict resolution, strategic visioning exercises, participatory community development planning and project management. Gender dynamics in community contexts is integral to all her work. One of Freya’s specialisations in research and consultancy is Indigenous tourism, in which she takes an Indigenous rights approach. Projects have included: Indigenous skills transfer and exchange partnerships, studies of Indigenous Australian tourism enterprises and Indigenous Australian festivals and events. Her award-winning undergraduate course on Indigenous tourism is co-taught with Indigenous Australian experts and features Indigenous community engagement. Additionally, she co-developed Australia’s first postgraduate course on Peace through Tourism, offered by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Associate
Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Freya is based at the University of South Australia’s School of Management. She is a member of the Hawke Research Institute (Adelaide, Australia), and is a specialist in international relations and its intersections with tourism. Her work has focused on human rights, justice and empowerment of local communities in the face of tourism development. She formerly worked with development organisations and gained experience in training for anti-racism and cross-cultural understanding in multicultural and Indigenous contexts. Since joining academia, Freya has worked on community tourism projects in Indigenous Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, where she has experience in conflict resolution, strategic visioning exercises, participatory community development planning and project management. Gender dynamics in community contexts is integral to all her work. One of Freya’s specialisations in research and consultancy is Indigenous tourism, in which she takes an Indigenous rights approach. Projects have included: Indigenous skills transfer and exchange partnerships, studies of Indigenous Australian tourism enterprises and Indigenous Australian festivals and events. Her award-winning undergraduate course on Indigenous tourism is co-taught with Indigenous Australian experts and features Indigenous community engagement. Additionally, she co-developed Australia’s first postgraduate course on Peace through Tourism, offered by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

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