Waikato's doctoral programme in Tourism and Hospitality Management follows the UK tradition of the award of a doctoral degree by thesis. Students are required to have appropriate entry qualifications and may be required to undertake a course in research methods and epistemologies. Please note that students are also required to defend their thesis in front of a panel for a viva.
Our academic staff and PhD students undertake research for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Sustainable Tourism Programme under the INSTO initiative at Raglan.
We are currently undertaking projects in China with the Terracotta Museum (The Emperor Qin Mausoleum) and the Fuxi (Wusi) Mausoleum - both important cultural and heritage sites in China. From 2018 we hope to offer students an opportunity to study in Xi'an.
Our PhD supervisors
Current PhD students
Our alumni - past PhD students
Professor John Crotts
is Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the College of Charleston. He is seen here addressing recent graduates from the College with the photograph taken by Chris Ryan when he was at the College for several months in 2006. Chris and John have had various joint publications including an article in Annals of Tourism Research.
Professor Stephen Litvin
lectures at the College of Charleston and has published widely being, like John, one of the most prolific authors in the subject area. He is also a keen supporter of the Cougars basketball team. Steve has also published in leading journals such as Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research and Journal of Travel Research.
Professor Zhang Wen
is Dean of Translation Services at Beijing International Studies University and is seen here at the 2006 Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference. Her research interests lie in resident perceptions and attitudes toward tourism and tourism planning. Wen has contributed to work being published by Professors Ryan and Gu.
Professor Gu Huimin
is Head of the Department of Hospitality Management and Director of the China Hospitality Research Centre. She has also written extensively in the arena of tourism and is currently co-authoring books on tourism research methodologies and Tourism in China, published in 2009 by Taylor and Francis (New York).
Professor 'T C' Huan
has been helping staff and doctoral students in a project pertaining to theme parks and visitor perceptions. He is seen here at the 12th APTA Conference in Hualien where a joint paper with Sam Shih-Shoh was given.
怀卡托大学旅游与酒店管理系与中国学者、学生有着长期的协作关系。我们与北京第二外国语大学旅游管理学院签署了合作研究协议，根据协议，我系Tim Lockyer副教授在北京第二外国语学院做访问学者，Chris Ryan教授在北京第二外国语学院和北京联合大学担任客座教授，Ed Weymes教授在中国人民大学担任客座教授。最近到我校访问的中国学者有佳木斯大学的马华全教授、西安外国语学院的陈慧老师、陕西安康学院的崔晓明教授、华南师范大学的刘俊教授，海南大学的杜肖寒老师，中国旅游研究院的马小龙研究员等。