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Director, Griffith Institute For Tourism and Associate Professor in Tourism, Griffith University

Sarah Gardiner has a PhD in Marketing and is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism at Griffith University. She has worked in the private and public sectors of the Australian tourism industry. Her research is published in leading tourism academic journals and she has written several book chapters on the topics of travel consumer behaviour, experience design and innovation. She regularly delivers presentations, consultancies and training for government and industry in these areas. She is especially interested in youth tourism and future tourism travel trends. She is on the board of Gold Coast Tourism Corporation (trading as Destination Gold Coast) and Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Science & Innovation Advisory Committee.


  • 2022–present
    Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism , Griffith University
  • 2019–2022
    Deputy/Acting Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism , Griffith University


  • 2021 
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, Directors Course
  • 2012 
    Griffith University , PhD