2017 AIS Research Awards

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Written by Dr Adam Brown – Director of Research and Academic Head of Business Programmes

Since 2013, AIS has conducted an annual Research Award scheme, to acknowledge those staff who have produced good research and publications over the previous year (July to June). There are two categories: Established Researcher, for those with PBRF rankings or equivalent, and Emerging Researcher, for newer staff.

We congratulate the following staff who have won the 2017 Research Awards.

The Established Researcher award goes to Dr Ershad Ali. Ershad was the co-editor of three books: Resource Management in the New Millennium; Growth, Development, and Environmental Sustainability; and Technology, Sustainability and Managing Development in Developing Countries, in addition to co-authoring several chapters in those books. He also authored and co-authored articles in the Journal of Emerging Economies and Islamic Research, the Journal of Organisational Culture, Communications and Conflict, the Asian Journal of Environment Behaviour Studies, the Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Wealth Management and Financial Planning. Ershad also gave two keynote conference papers.


The Emerging Researcher award goes to Dr Nick Towner. Nick had articles published in the Tourism Planning and Development journal, the Journal of Pacific Studies, and the Journal of Sport and Tourism. He also helped organise, and gave two joint presentations at, the “Whales in a Changing Ocean” conference jointly organised by AIS in Tonga, in addition to presentations at the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) and New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research conferences.


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