Dr Alexandra Bec - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Alexandra Bec

Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Alexandra Bec is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with Advance Queensland, where she is currently managing the project, ‘Stimulating Regional Tourism through the Virtual Reconstruction of Queensland’s WWII Heritage’. Alexandra is also appointed as a Post-doctoral Researcher for the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, where she is working on ‘Entrepreneurship in the Australian mining industry’. Outside of her research pursuits, Alexandra has also taught in the School of Business and Tourism and the School of Arts and Social Sciences, at Southern Cross University. Her fields of teaching have included qualitative research methods, community development, organisational communication, sustainable tourism and tourism and hospitality. Between 2015  and 2016, Alexandra was a Research Officer, Commonwealth Games, with the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, where she researched potential avenues that could be targeted to strengthen the 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy strategy.


PhD, S.Cross; Bachelor of Business (Honours), S.Cross; Bachelor of Business, S.Cross.

Teaching areas
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Community development
  • Communication in organisations
  • Tourism and hospitality research and analysis
  • Tourism planning environments
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Tourism and hospitality management
Research areas
  • Economic regional community development
  • Change management
  • Tourism
  • Resilience theory
  • Heritage
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Board diversity
  • Murweh Shire Council research grant for Revitalizing the Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory (2016)
  • Southern Cross University Australian Postgraduate Award (2013)
  • The Hotel School Sydney Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2012)
Key Research Publications

Moyle, C, Moyle, B, Chai, A, Hales, R, Banhalmi-Zakar, Z & Bec, A (2018) ‘Have Australia’s tourism strategies incorporated climate change?’, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol. 26(5), pp. 703-721.

Moyle, C, Moyle, B, Ruhanen, L, Bec, A & Weiler, B (2018) ‘Business sustainability: How does tourism compare?’, Sustainability, vol. 10(4), pp. 968-982.

Moyle, B, Moyle, C & Bec, A (2018) ‘A Responsibility Accountability Framework for private sector use of a World Heritage Area’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol. 20(1), pp. 31-44.

Reimer, E, Stewart, C, & Bec, A (2018) ‘It Takes a Town: Igniting culture of generosity to build a thriving environment for all children in 2484’, New Community, vol. 15(4), pp. 40-47.

Bec, A, Moyle, B, McLennan, C & Keast, R (2017) ‘Strategies for Building Resilience to Long-term Structural Change: Case Studies from the Mackay and Whitsundays Regions’ in J Cheer & A Lew (eds), Tourism Resilience and Sustainability: Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change, Routledge.

Bec, A, Moyle, B, & McLennan, C (2016) ‘Drilling into community perceptions of coal seam gas in Roma, Australia’, The Extractive Industries and Society, vol. 3(3), pp. 716-726.

Bec, A, McLennan, C & Moyle, B (2016) ‘Community resilience to long-term tourism decline and rejuvenation: A literature review and conceptual model’, Current Issues in Tourism, vol. 19(5), pp. 431-457.