Dr Aggie Wegner

Associate Dean Research and Research Training / Senior Research Fellow

Aggie is a social scientist with a background in environmental science and management, tourism and policy. She worked in the industry prior to her move into academia which helps her to link and relate across different groups of interest. Her multidisciplinary background provides her with many opportunities to work collaboratively with other academics, government agencies, community groups, non-governmental organisations and industry partners. In addition to her research activities she is actively involved in University governance. In 2010 she received the Ryan Family Award Special Commendation for outstanding contribution to Charles Darwin University.
Aggie has published in the policy, environmental management, education, and tourism fields. She has a strong research focus and interest in the management of natural resources, all aspects of policy and decision-making processes as well as human dimensions of interactions with a focus on partnerships.



Research Interests

  •  Tourism (nature based / food / form of engagement)
  •  Social Inclusion
  •  Governance
  •  Social Impact Assessment
  •  Policy
  •  Research Training


Current Projects

‘Development of the Intercept survey for the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT’ – this project develops a survey to test customers satisfaction with MAGNT program, facilities and assess visitors' needs and expectations.

‘Formative evaluation of the DiversityWISE Program’ - this project evaluates a job placement program that WISE Employment is currently piloting in Darwin. The Program is a specialist vocationally focused intensive in-work support program for highly disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse job seekers.

Supervision/Students   

Josie Douglas (PhD) ‘Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: Continuity and Change across generations in Central Australia’ – associate supervisor

Jenny Taylor (PhD) ‘Buddhist approaches to contingency and desire: a painter’s perspective’ – associate supervisor

Karen Cieri (Masters by Research) ‘Addressing complex social issues in cross-cultural contexts through collaborative leadership’ – principal supervisor

Carlos Ximenes (Masters by Research) ‘A study of challenges faced and options by the Government of Timor-Leste in implementing the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer’ – principal supervisor

Adam Macfie (Masters by Research) ‘The Significance of the Strehlow Collection in the 21st Century – associate supervisor

Michael Kyr (DBA) ‘ Rising From the Ashes: A Management Consultancy Action Research Project into a Not-For-Profit Organisation of Volunteers of Mixed Ethnicity’ - co-supervisor

Chris Caglora (DBA) ‘Assessing the Decision Making Processes of an Industry Peak Body and Seeking Means for Them to Improve– The Northern Territory Seafood Council’ – co-supervisor

Publications and Resources

Book Chapters

Wegner, A. and Macbeth, J. (2011) How the use of power impacts on the relationship between protected area managers and tour operators. In: Stories of Practice: Tourism Policy and Planning. Eds. Dredge, D. and Jenkins, J. Surrey: Ashgate, pp.295-310

Journal Articles

Chalkiti, K., Wegner, A. and Cunningham, T. (2011) Social capital creation in shorter timeframes and its role in knowledge sharing. In: The International Journal of Management and Business. Vol.2, Iss.1, pp.82-95.

Lea, T., Wegner, A., Chenhall, R., McRae-Williams, E. and Holmes, C. (2011) Problematising school space for Indigenous education: teachers’ and parents’ perspectives. In: Ethnography and Education. Vol. 6, Iss.3, pp. 265-280.

Lea, T., Thompson, H., McRae-Williams, E., and Wegner, A. (2011) Policy fuzz and fuzzy logic: researching contemporary Indigenous education and parent-school engagement in north Australia. In: Journal of Education Policy. Vol. 26, Iss.3, pp.321-339.

Wegner, A., Lee, D. and Weiler, B. (2010) Important ‘ingredients’ for a successful tourism/ protected area partnerships: Partners’ policy recommendations. In: Service Industry Journal. Vol. 30, Iss.10, pp.1643–1650.

Laing, J.H, Lee, D., Moore, S.A., Wegner, A. and Weiler, B. (2009) Advancing conceptual understanding of partnerships between protected area agencies and the tourism industry: A postdisciplinary and multi-theoretical approach. In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Vol.17, Iss.2, pp.207-229.

Laing, J. H., Wegner, A., Moore, S. and Weiler B. (2008) Identifying Success Factors Behind Partnerships for Managing Recreation and Tourism in Urban Fringe Parks. In: Annals of Leisure Research. Vol.11, Iss.1&2, pp.101-123.

Northcote, J., Lee, D., Chock, S., and Wegner, A. (2008) An email-based Delphi approach to Tourism Program Evaluation: Involving stakeholders in research design. In: Current Issues in Tourism. Vol.11, Iss.3, pp.269-279.

Lepesteur, M., Wegner, A., Moore, S.A. and McComb, A. (2008) Importance of public information and perception for managing recreational activities in the Peel Harvey estuary, Western Australia. In: Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 87, Iss.3, pp.389-395.

Wegner, A., Moore, S.A. and Bailey, J. (2005) Consideration of Biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia: Practitioner Perceptions. In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review. Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 143-162.

Wegner, A., Moore, S.A., and Macbeth, J. (2004) Building Better Collaborative Management Between Protected Area Managers and the Tourism Industry. Invited paper. In: Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Vol. 11 Iss. 2, pp. 123-127.

Conference Paper

Wegner, A., Lea, T., Holmes, C., McRae-Williams, E., Chenhall, R., Thompson, H., Karam, J. and Senior, K. (2010) Unearthing assumptions of engaged research about (Indigenous) engagement within school communities. 2010 AUCEA National Conference: Communities Participation and Partnership. 5-7 July 2010, Launceston, Tasmania.

Wegner, A., Allison, H. and Tremblay, P. (2009) Dealing with complexity in tourism settings – the applicability of the “resilient futures process” to the management of tourism resources. 18th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2009: See change tourism & hospitality in a dynamic world. 10-13 February 2009, Fremantle.

Wegner, A., Lee, D. and Weiler, B. (2009) Important ‘ingredients’ for a successful tourism/ protected area partnership – partners’ policy recommendations. 18th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2009: See change tourism & hospitality in a dynamic world. 10-13 February 2009, Fremantle.

Northcote, J., Lee, D., Wegner, A. and Chock, S. (2009) The Tapestry tourism futures project: Lessons learned for governance in community tourism planning. 18th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2009: See change tourism & hospitality in a dynamic world. 10-13 February 2009, Fremantle.

Wegner, A., Moore, S.A. and Macbeth, J. (2007) Bridging the gap of understanding between managers and operators in protected areas. 17th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2007: Tourism – Past Achievements, Future Challenges. 11 – 14 February 2007, Sydney.

Wegner, A. (2005) Let’s work together: Protected Area Mangers and Tour Operators. 15th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2005: Sharing Tourism Knowledge.
01 – 05 February 2005, Alice Springs.

Wegner, A. (2004) Building Better Collaborative Management Between Protected Area Managers and the Tourism Industry. 14th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education – CAUTHE 2004: Creating Tourism Knowledge. 10 – 13 February 2004, Brisbane.

Wegner, A. (2003) Building Better Collaborative Management between National Park Agencies and the Tourism Industry. ATRi 2003: Navigating the Rapids Conference, 14th – 16th October 2003, Sydney. 

Conference Proceedings

Reports    Lea, T., Holmes, C., Chenhall, R., Senior, K. and Wegner, A. (2011) Parent-school engagement: Exploring the concept of ‘invisible’ Indigenous parents in three north Australian communities. Darwin: The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.

Tremblay, P. and Wegner, A. (2009) The costs of formal inter-business collaboration in peripheral tourism: Implications for consolidating regional cooperation. Technical Report. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Moore, S.A., Weiler, B., Croy, G., Laing, J., Lee, D., Lockwood, M, Pfueller, S. and Wegner, A. (2009) Tourism-Protected Area Partnerships in Australia: Designing and Managing for Success. Technical Report. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Tremblay, P. and Wegner, A. (2009) Aboriginal tourism research in Australia (2000 – 2008) – findings: Industry lessons and future research needs. Technical Report. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Moore, S.A., Crilley, G., Darcy, S., Griffin, T., Taplin, R., Tonge, J., Wegner, A. and Smith A.J. (2009) Designing and testing a park-based visitor survey. CRC for Sustainable Tourism, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Tonge, J., Wegner, A. Moore, S.A. and Taplin, R. (2009) Designing and testing a park-based visitor survey for protected areas in Western Australia. Report prepared for the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. Murdoch University, Perth, WA.

Laing, J., Wegner, A., Moore, S.A., Weiler, B., Pfueller, S., Lee, D., Macbeth, J., Croy, G. and Lockwood, M. (2008) Technical Report: Developing effective partnerships for facilitating sustainable protected area tourism – Literature review. Gold Coast: Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC).

Moore, S.A., Weiler, B., Lockwood, M., Wegner, A., Laing, J., Pfueller, S., Croy, G., Lee, D. and Macbeth, J. (2008) Protected area partnerships; What makes them tick? Protected Area Congress: Protected Areas in the Century of Change. Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 24-28 November 2008.

Moore, S.A., Weiler, B., Croy, G., Laing, J., Lee, D., Lockwood, M., Pfueller, S. and Wegner, A. (2008) Tourism-protected area partnerships in Australia: Designing and managing for success. Paper presented at the Annual Parks and Visitor Services Workshop (WA Department of Conservation and Land Management). Wollaston Conference Centre, Perth WA. 27-29 October 2008.

Lee, D., Chok, S., Northcote, J. and Wegner, A. (2008) Technical Report: Evaluation of the community placement of the Tapestry Tourism Futures Project. Gold Coast: Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC).

Lee, D., Chok, S., Northcote, J., and Wegner, A. (2005) The Tapestry Tourism Futures Project: An Evaluation. Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) 2004 Industry Forum. 14 October 2005, Perth.

Pforr, C., Wegner, A. and McGregor, M. (2005) Desert Knowledge CRC-Network Analysis – Baseline Data for Bid and Start-Up Period. Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre Report 7, September 2005, Alice Spring.