Researcher biography

Dr Noreen Breakey joined the UQ School of Tourism (now Business) in 2005. She was the First Year Experience Coordinator for three years, followed by the Undergraduate Programs Director for four years. In 2013 she developed the Masters course - Disciplinary Foundations of Tourism, Hospitality & Events, which she continues to Course Coordinate, encouraging students to understand how the theories and approaches from different social science and humanities disciplines can help us to address the challenges and issues in tourism, hospitality, and events.

Dr Breakey received her PhD on tourism destination development in 2006. Since then her research has explored the relationships between people, tourism, and the natural environment, through her principal research areas of environmental ethics, sustainable tourism, ecotourism, community-based tourism, and tourism in protected areas. She has successfully supervised six PhD scholars through to completion.

Dr Breakey is an active member of Ecotourism Australia. She was on their Policy and Advocacy Committee from 2011 to 2014, and was elected to their Board of Directors in 2019.

In 2010 Dr Breakey received a UQ Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award - Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and in 2013 she was part of the team which was awarded the UQ School of Tourism Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Team). Dr Breakey undertakes scholarship of teaching and learning and has numerous research publications on tourism and hospitality education.

Prior to her academic career, Dr Breakey worked for over a decade in industry, including hotels, resorts, tour operations, travel agencies, and events in Australia and overseas, as well as in government, developing the Destination Management Plans at Tourism Events Queensland.