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Cruise Tourists at Mystery Island, Vanuatu (Photo: Cheer, 2009)

Joseph is currently Lecturer in the Graduate Tourism program and Director, Australia & International Tourism Research Unit (AITRU), Faculty of Arts.

He has also recently become a board member of the International Geography Union (IGU) Tourism Commission also know as Commission on the Geography of Tourism and Leisure and Global Change.

He is also a representative on the Faculty of Arts Early Career Research (ECR) Network Committee and has served on a number of other committees and research student assessment panels.

Joseph is also 2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Wakayama University, Japan. He was also invited keynote  speaker at the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) APac conference in Tokyo, 4th-6th December, 2015, and is invited speaker at the Japanese Australian Studies Association (JASA) Conference, Umeda Osaka, November 21, 2016  .

Joseph’s doctorate research project was titled Tourism and the Neotraditional Modernity: An Ethnography of Tourism & Traditional Culture in Vanuatu. This project examined the tourism and traditional culture interface, as personified in the tradition-modernity binary and is the subject of a forthcoming sole-authored monograph. That tourism development imbues productive outcomes in developing countries is widely contested. Assessing tourism’s efficacy is problematic, complex and vastly neglected. Thus, analysis of it tends to have weak empirical basis.

In Vanuatu, tourism has developed a growing presence within local socialities and the kastom ekonomi. Whether tourism engenders sustainable beneficial effects is challenged. Before academia, Joseph was: Technical Adviser to the tourism arm of the AusAID funded Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) located in Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa; held teaching and leadership positions at Swinburne University; held management roles in the international hotel sector and business development manager responsibilities in Human Resources and Corporate Finance.

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Kastom Vilij, Tanna Island, Vanuatu (Photo: Cheer, 2011)

Grants and Awards

  • Joint-recipient of the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Teaching Awards in 2010.
  • 2015 recipient Faculty of Arts Flagship International Conference Travel Scheme
  • 2014 recipient of Monash University Postgraduate Publications Award.
  • Grant for the Native Title Masterclass at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University (June 2014) – funded by the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department.
  • Joint Monash University Arts Research and National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) grant to convene a panel (Comparing and Contrasting Australian and German Colonial Legacies in the South Pacific) at the European Association for Studies (EASA) on Australia conference (Monash Prato Centre, Italy, 24-26 September 2014), and to conduct research related to this project in Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Finalist in the 2013 Australian Anthropological Society/Australia Network for Student Anthropologists (AAS/ANSA) Photography Competition with his work “Contemplating Fear: No Guts, No Glory – The nagol, Pangi, South Pentecost, Vanuatu”.
  • Recipient of a Faculty of Business and Economics PhD Scholarship (2010-2012) and Faculty of Arts PhD completion Scholarship (2013) .
  • I have also received numerous smaller scholarships/grants between 2010 and 2015.


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Australia Pacific Technical College Field Visit, Honiara, Solomon Islands (Photo: Cheer 2008)

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers (AIG)
  • Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG)
  • Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific Consortium (CTS)
  • The Institute of Postcolonial Studies (IPCS)
  • International Ecotourism Society (IETS)
  • Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
  • Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS)
  • The Pacific Circle
  • European Society for Oceanists (ESfO – pending)
Mystery Island, Vanuatu (2010)
Mystery Island, Vanuatu (Photo: Cheer, 2010)

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