Professor Bruce R Prideaux

Ph.D., M.Reg Econ Plan

University Professorial Fellow

Bruce holds the position of Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities at the Cairns campus of Central Queensland University and is the program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management. He has a wide range of research interests including coral reef tourism, protected area tourism, rural tourism, remote area tourism, indigenous tourism, urban tourism, river and canal tourism and climate change. Other active areas of research include military heritage, mobilities and ecotourism. He has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on a range tourism related issues. He has also authored or co-authored 10 books, the most recent of which look at climate change issues and global rainforest tourism. Current projects include a co-edited book that will investigate aspects of coral reef tourism and a co-authored book that examines opportunities for in agricultural areas.

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Tourism crisis management
  • Rain forest tourism including ecotourism and community based tourism
  • Coral reef tourism
  • Tourism in remote areas  
  • Rivers, canals and waterways
  • Heritage management 
  • Tourism in rural and agricultural areas (including food and wine)
  • Futures research including scenarios
  • Indigenous tourism development

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • 2014 - Best PhD Student Paper Award CAUTHE Conference 2012 (co authored the paper with the award winner, Alison Anderson) 
  • 2013 - The Pro Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for the Most Higher Degree by Research (HRD) Completions for FLBCA in 2011
  • 2012 - Best PhD Student Paper Award CAUTHE Conference 2012 (co authored the paper with the award winner, Michelle Thompson) 
  • 2011 - Best Paper Award, APTA Conference 2011, Seoul
  • 2010 - The Pro Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for the Most Papers Published 2007-2009 (Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts)
  • 2005 - Best paper for Dywer, L., King, B. and Prideaux, B. (2005) Effect of Unethical Business Practices on Australian Inbound Package Tourism  15th CAUTHE Conference, Alice Springs, 2-5 February, available on CD Rom
  • 2006 - The Pro Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award (Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts)

Link to Research Publications

Professor Bruce R Prideaux


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Central Queensland University
Cairns, QLD