The aim of the research collective is to carry out studies that further the creation of a sustainable hospitality and tourism (H&T) workforce in Aotearoa and beyond. By sustainable workforce, we mean a workforce composed of individuals available or engaged in work that provides dignity, recognition, and fair reward (of at least a living wage) in a fiscally responsible enterprise. It is our aspiration to contribute to government policy and industry practice to achieve a hospitality & tourism sector that provides sustainable employment to all its employees, at all levels. A bridge between academics and our industry partners is promoted by open access journal Hospitality Insights-for a sustainable industry, which provides short, accessible summaries of contemporary academic research for the hospitality industry and community.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that this research contributes to:
Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
The collective’s priorities are:
To provide data on the current situation of our H&T workforce through relevant, and timely empirical studies.
To collect data on the H&T career paths for employees in the sector in Aotearoa.
To carry out commissioned studies on behalf of state organisations and industry partners that further our collective’s aims.
To understand the influence of gender, ethnicity, and age on employment in the sector.
To establish meaningful research collaborations with international and local sustainable workforce researchers and networks to provide a power voice that advocates for sustainable workforce interests in H&T, for example, The Global Hospitality research Alliance.
To collaborate with human rights organisations and state agencies that investigate human trafficking and exploitative labour in the hospitality industry in Aotearoa.
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