Dr Trudie Walters

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Dr Trudie Walters


Teaching areas

  • Event Management
  • Business Events

Research areas

  • second homes: the luxury in and of second home ownership; changing spatial distribution and the implications of this both for local communities and local government; second homes, leisure and wellbeing
  • local and community events: how tourism and events based fulfil a variety of economic and social development roles, including contributing to business viability and building a sense of community


Dr Trudie Walters started at USC in August 2015 and comes from Dunedin, New Zealand. Her academic interest in second homes was precipitated by her time selling real estate in a popular holiday destination, where she observed first-hand the more recent changing nature of second homes in New Zealand — this was the subject of her PhD research. She is also interested in how events and festivals may be used as tools in regional tourism development and destination branding. She has published her research in top international journals including Tourism Analysis, Leisure Sciences and Leisure Studies. She is currently a Board Member of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies, and is also Associate Editor and Reviews Editor of the Annals of Leisure Research journal.

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Professional memberships

  • Member of Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS)
  • Member of Critical Tourism Studies (Asia–Pacific Consortium)
  • Member of Association of Critical Heritage Studies (Australia and New Zealand Chapter)


Selected research publications by Trudie include:

  • Walters, T (in press) Facilitating wellbeing at the second home:  The role of architectural design. Leisure Studies.
  • Lovelock, B, Walters, T, Jellum, C and Thompson-Carr, A (2016) The participation of children, adolescents and young adults in nature-based recreation. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1151388. 
  • Walters T (2016) Using thematic analysis in tourism research.  Tourism Analysis 21(1): 107–116.
  • Walters, T and Duncan, T (eds) (2016) Second homes and leisure:  new perspectives on a forgotten relationship. Routledge: Abingdon
  • Walters, T and Carr, N (2015) Second homes as sites for the consumption of luxury. Tourism and Hospitality Research 15(2): 130–141.
  • Walters, T and Duncan, T (2015) Non-tourism magazines as sources of material in tourism research. Anatolia 26(2): 306–308.
  • Walters, T (2014) The luxury of leisure and pleasure at the New Zealand second home. Annals of Leisure Research 17(1): 97–112.

Potential research projects for Honours students

  • second homes and tourism
  • tourism and events
  • tourism development

Research grants

Project name         Investigators Funding body     Years Focus
Cultural Vitality:  Measuring the return on investment of local government funded arts, culture and heritage programs on the Sunshine Coast Dr Lisa Chandler, Dr Trudie Walters Sunshine Coast Council/University of the Sunshine Coast Collaborative Research Grant (A$22,130.00) 2016–2017 The project aims to develop a set of criteria and measurement tools that allow SCC to measure the social and cultural value (return on investment) of Council-funded arts, culture and heritage programs. Council values these events for their capacity to contribute to a stronger Sunshine Coast community.
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