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Allison Anderson

Lecturer in tourism planning and development, CQUniversity Australia

Tropical cities are my research area, especially how many are developing from being the 'supporting act' to the 'main event' for tourists. My research looks particularly at how tropical cities are innovating their urban landscapes to move beyond the traditional huts, colonial-style architecture, beaches and palm trees and emerge as complex and cosmopolitan sites of tourist and resident activity.

I recently submitted my PhD through James Cook University on Urban design and tourism in the tropics. I have worked as a tourism research and development consultant and strategic planner for a number of years, and hold a BSc (Hons) (Geography) from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (1998).


  • –present
    Lecturer in tourism planning and development, CQUniversity Australia
  • 2012–2015
    Casual lecturer in tourism, James Cook University Australia
  • 2012–2015
    Tutor and casual lecturer in urban design, geography and planning, James Cook University Australia
  • 2010–2012
    Strategic planner, Flanagan Consulting Group


  • 2012 
    James Cook University, MAppSci (Urban & Regional Planning)
  • 1998 
    Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, BSc(Hons)(Geography)


  • 2015
    Putting Carmona's Place-shaping continuum to use in research practice, Journal of Urban Design
  • 2012
    An advanced framework for food trail performance, Journal of Vacation Marketing

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Tourism (1506)