This study aims to understand the relationship between mobility, tourism, and economic networks. Using social media data to understand temporary populations, it investigates the degree to which Australian cities are shaped by tourism flows and pre-established economic linkages.

Specific questions to be canvassed include:

  1. How has the scale and composition of inbound overseas tourists changed in Australia over recent decades?
  2. What are the spatial dimensions of these shifts on both the demand-side (where the tourists are coming from) and the supply-side (where they are travelling to)? This would be examined at various scales in space (local, regional, and national) and time (seasonal, secular).
  3. How do these circuits and flows of tourist movements correlate with demand-side characteristics (such as demographic markers) and supply-side characteristics (such as products/services)?
  4. What vectors of connectivity are associated with the emergent Asian tourist market - how do Australian businesses connect with global networks of tourism demand?
  5. How are the broader trends toward a 'digitalised' and 'gigified' economy impacting Australia’s overseas tourism sector - how is digital connectivity facilitating access to global markets, and how are services like TripAdvisor and AirBnB changing the way tourism is consumed?

Advisors:  Dr Thomas Sigler, Dr Elin Charles-Edwards

Project members


PhD candidate