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Elaine Chiao Ling Yang

Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Griffith University

Dr Elaine Chiao Ling Yang is a senior tourism lecturer at Griffith University, Australia and a visiting research fellow at Wakayama University, Japan. Elaine’s research investigated various issues pertinent to women in tourism as workers, entrepreneurs and travellers. She has also undertaken research on the social impact of tourism, visitor experience design and Asian tourism. Elaine recently delivered a digital entrepreneurship research and training project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to empower female tourism entrepreneurs in Latin America. Elaine has been identified as an Emerging Tourism Scholar by e-Review of Tourism Research and she won the Early Researcher Award from the Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific Network in 2020.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2021–present
    Visiting Research Fellow, Wakayama University


  • 2017 
    Griffith University, PhD in Tourism
  • 2012 
    University of Toulouse 2 Le Mirail, Master in International Hospitality Management
  • 2009 
    National Taiwan Normal University, Bachelor of Arts (Geography)


  • 2020
    Integrating authentic assessment tasks in work integrated learning hospitality internships, Journal of Vocational Education & Training
  • 2020
    Three generations on a holiday: Exploring the influence of neo-Confucian values on Korean multigenerational family vacation decision making, Tourism Management
  • 2020
    A social media analysis of the gendered representations of female and male athletes during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, International Journal of Sport Communication
  • 2020
    Solo dining in Chinese restaurants: A mixed-method study in Macao, International Journal of Hospitality Management
  • 2020
    Exploring the challenges for women working in the event and festival sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Tourism Recreation Research
  • 2020
    Redefining Asian Tourism, Tourism Management Perspectives
  • 2020
    What motivates and hinders people from travelling alone? A study of solo and non-solo travellers, Current Issues in Tourism
  • 2020
    Gender issues in tourism organisations: Insights from a two-phased pragmatic systematic literature review , Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • 2019
    The meanings of solo travel for Asian women, Tourism Review
  • 2019
    Assessing gender representation in knowledge production: A critical analysis of UNWTO’s planned events, Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • 2019
    Host-children of tourism destinations: Systematic quantitative literature review, Tourism Recreation Research
  • 2018
    Power and empowerment: How Asian solo female travellers perceive and negotiate risk, Tourism Management
  • 2018
    Asian youth travellers: Insights and implications, Springer
  • 2018
    Asian Cultures and Contemporary Tourism, Springer
  • 2017
    Constructing space and self through risk-taking: A case of Asian solo female travellers, Journal of Travel Research
  • 2017
    The beauty and the abuse: A handbook on relationships and emotions in academia, Women Academics in Tourism
  • 2017
    A systematic literature review of risk and gender research in tourism, Tourism Management
  • 2016
    A narrative review of Asian female travellers: Looking into the future through the past, Current Issues in Tourism

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Empowering women in tourism through entrepreneurial digital competencies
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Professional Memberships

  • TTRA
  • Griffith Institute for Tourism
  • Griffith Gender Equality Research Network

Research Areas

  • Tourism (1506)