Associate Professor Judith Mair

A/Prof & Tourism Discipline Leader

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 67947


Judith Mair is an Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of the Tourism Discipline Group in the UQ Business School. Her research interests include pro-environmental behaviour and resilience both in tourism and events; the impacts of events on community and society; consumer behaviour in events and tourism; the relationship between events and climate change; and business and major events. Her PhD investigated decision-making in the events context and was completed at the University of Strathclyde. Judith is working on a number of projects including investigating the potential for events to act as a catalyst for encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change; researching the links between events and social capital; and assessing the potential impacts of climate change on the tourism and events sector.

Research Interests

  • Events
    I have an interest in all types of events, but particularly community festivals
  • Conferences/Conventions
    I have an interest in all aspects of business events
  • Sustainability
    I have an interest in climate change and sustainability and the relationships between these areas and tourism and events


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde


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Book Chapter

  • Duffy, Michelle, Mair, Judith and Waitt, Gordon (2019). Addressing community diversity: the role of the festival encounter. In Rebecca Finkel, Briony Sharp and Majella Sweeney (Ed.), Accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in critical event studies (pp. 9-20) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781351142243

  • Holmes, Kirsten and Mair, Judith (2018). Events, festivals, and sustainability: the Woodford folk festival, Australia. In The Palgrave handbook of sustainability: case studies and practical solutions (pp. 583-597) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71389-2_31

  • Laing, Jennifer, Mair, Judith and Frost, Warwick (2017). Selling sustainability and the green economy: a case study of Ecofest, New Zealand. In Exhibitions, Trade Fairs and Industrial Events (pp. 197-211) Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315415291

  • Mair, Judith (2015). Events and climate change: an Asia and the pacific perspective. In Lisa Ruhanen (Ed.), Responding to climate change - tourism initiatives in asia and the pacific (pp. 161-168) Madrid, Spain: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). doi:10.18111/9789284416196

  • Mair, Judith and Duffy, Michelle (2015). Festivals and sense of community in places of transition: the Yakkerboo Festival, an Australian case study. In Allan Jepson and Alan Clarke (Ed.), Exploring community festivals and events (pp. 54-65) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315776569

  • Frew, Elspeth and Mair, Judith (2015). Hogmanay rituals: Scotland's New Year's Eve celebrations. In Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost (Ed.), Rituals and Traditional Events in the Modern World (pp. 159-170) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315886879

  • Frost, Warwick, Mair, Judith and Laing, Jennifer (2015). The greening of events: exploring future trends and issues. In Ian Yeoman, Martin Robertson, Una McMahon-Beattie, Elisa Backer and Karen A. Smith (Ed.), The future of events and festivals (pp. 115-127) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203370391

  • Mair, Judith (2015). The role of events in creating sustainable tourism destinations. In Michael Hughes, David Weaver and Christof Pforr (Ed.), The practice of sustainable tourism : resolving the paradox (pp. 247-262) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315796154

  • Mair, Judith (2014). Greening of events. In Terry deLacy, Min Jiang, Geoffrey Lipman and Shaun Voster (Ed.), Green growth and travelism: concept, policy and practice for sustainable tourism (pp. 83-96) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Walters, Gabrielle and Mair, Judith (2014). Post-disaster recovery marketing for tourist destinations. In The Routledge handbook of tourism marketing (pp. 461-472) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Ritchie, Brent W., Mair, Judith and Walters, Gabrielle (2014). Tourism crises and disasters: moving the research agenda forward. In Wiley-Blackwell companion to tourism (pp. 611-622) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118474648.ch49

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Walters, Gabrielle, Ritchie, Brent and Mair, Judith (2013). Australian traveller's perceptions of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake. In: Joanna Fountain and Kevin Moore, CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Canterbury, NZ, (875-878). 11-14 February, 2013.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor