Sustainable Workforce Research Collective for Hospitality and Tourism, AUT
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” * (p. 14, Mooney et al., 2022). 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 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 collect data on the current perceptions of parent and young people on careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.
- To collect data on H&T educators’ perspectives on education and careers in the hospitality and tourism sector.
- To carry out commissioned studies on behalf of state organisations and industry partners that further our collective’s aims.
- To collaborate with human rights organisations and state agencies that investigate human trafficking and exploitative labour in the hospitality industry in Aotearoa.
- 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.
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(Intellect, 2018)This article presents the first set of data from an ongoing three-year longitudinal study, which explores how hospitality undergraduates develop a career identity during the course of their studies. Previous, generally ...
(Emerald, 2016)Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore why workers remain in long hospitality careers and to challenge the frequent portrayal of careers in the sector as temporary and unsatisfactory. Design/methodology/approach The ...
This article explores the onboarding process for new managers joining food and beverage organisations, and the role of Organisational Socialisation. Our study identified a heavy reliance on informal training practices, ...
As most developed nations emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic period, amid exceptionally high hospitality labour shortages, it is timely and important to understand the state of chefs and cooks’ mental health and wellbeing ...
Rethinking Tourism’s Definition, Scope and Future of Sustainable Work and Employment: Editorial for the Journal of Sustainable Tourism Special Issue on “Locating Workforce at the Heart of Sustainable Tourism Discourse”(Taylor & Francis, 2022)This special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism showcases research that addresses an identified gap that is the relative neglect of the sustainability concept in a workforce context. The special issue presents 10 ...
(Emerald, 2020)Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality workforce in situ between mid-April and June 2020. Design/methodology/approach This is a viewpoint ...
This article addresses the significance of workplace social connections for hospitality workers. When examining high turnover in hospitality, the focus is generally negative, such as shift work and low pay . Surprisingly, ...
(MDPI, 2016)This paper is about the position of workforce and employment considerations within the sustainable tourism narrative. The paper aims to address the relative neglect of this area within the discourse of sustainable tourism ...