Stuart's research focus is the social construction of lifestyle enterprise. Taking a social constructionist perspective, and using a grounded theory methodology he seeks insight into the constitution of lifestyle enterprise as a sociocultural practice navigating varied domains. Stuart is involved in teaching in tourism innovation, strategic communication and research methodology. His research and academic interests span entrepreneurship, innovation, tourism, overtourism, and critical social theory.
Originating from Australia, Stuart has enjoyed a varied career across public agencies and private enterprise. This has included setting up his own consultancy businesses in community economic development planning and funding services for regional and remote areas. As Managing Director of these two companies he was involved in many development projects involving infrastructure, facilities and services development in Australia. More recently, he worked at Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia, in research support positions spanning asset management, rail innovation, public policy and tourism.
Stuart has a Bachelor of Economics; Bachelor of Commerce, Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics; Certificate of Business (Regional Enterprise Development); Associate Diploma of Business (Marketing); Diploma of Export Management. In 2015 he completed Master of International Tourism and Leisure Management at the University of Southern Denmark, where his thesis offered a comparative case study of tourism innovation in Australia.
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