Federation Business School

Assoc Prof Elisa Backer

PositionAssociate Professor of Tourism
LocationMt Helen - Building B, B113
Phone5327 9645
Emaile.backer@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • B.Ec.
  • Grad. Dip. Bus. Studies
  • B. Bus. Tourism (Honours)
  • Grad Cert HE (L&T)

Biography

Associate Professor Elisa Backer, PhD, joined Federation University in 2008, after being at Southern Cross University for three years. Prior to working in Academe, Elisa held management positions in industry, managing a range of Destination Marketing Organisations. Elisa has co-edited three books and is on the editorial board for 12 journals. In addition, she has been awarded eleven awards to recognise her outstanding contribution to tourism research and education. 

Research

VFR travel, family tourism, destination marketing, partial industrialisation in tourism, and social media. 

Supervision

Elisa supervises students across the areas of tourism, marketing, volunteering, social media, and film.

Grants and awards

  • Conference paper (topic: VFR travel) was in the 'top three best papers' out of 250 papers at the Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference (May 2014, Hong Kong)
  • Recipient of 'Fellows Award' (2014) by Council of Australasian University Tourism & Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) – an award given to an academic from Australia or New Zealand who is seen to have made the greatest contribution to Australasian tourism and hospitality and/or research from those who have been nominated. 
  • Office of Learning and Teaching citation (2013) – national award to recognise outstanding contribution to student learning
  • Australian National Competitive Research Symposium (2012) (third place in Arts, education, business division at national heats)
  • Award recipient of "Early Career Researcher Bursary Winner" (2012) by Council of Australasian University Tourism & Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
  • Recipient of Vice-Chancellor Teaching Excellence Award (2014)
  • Five minute Research Pitch competition (first place in Arts, education and business division at local heats) (2014)
  • Award recipient of VC Award to recognise outstanding contribution to student learning (2012)
  • Australian National Competitive Research Symposium (2012) (equal first place in Arts, education, business division at local heats)
  • Second prize – "Best oral presentation" University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference (2011)
  • Award recipient of "Most Outstanding Teacher", University of Ballarat School of Business (2009)

Publications

Full publication list

Refereed papers

Backer, E. (2015). VFR Travel: Well-known but not known well, CAUTHE Conference: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaption and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality, February 2-6 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

Yousuf, M. & Backer, E. (2015). The Evolution of Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) Travel Research: A content analysis, CAUTHE Conference: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaption and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality, February 2-6 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

Backer, E. & King, B. (2014). The demographic dividend of VFR travel: Evidence from Australia, Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference: Charting the new path: Innovations in tourism and hospitality May 18-20 Hong Kong

Backer, E. & Hay, B. (2014). VFR Travel in Practice: Case Studies From Victoria, Australia, CAUTHE Conference: Tourism and Hospitality in the contemporary world: Trends, Changes and Complexity  February 10-13 Brisbane Australia

Books

Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) (2015) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

I. Yeoman, M Robertson, U. McMahon-Beattie, E. Backer & K. Smith (Eds) (2014). The Future of Events & Festivals, Routledge Advance Series

H. Schanzel, I. Yeoman & E. Backer (Eds) (2012) Family Tourism: Multi Disciplinary Perspectives, Channel View Publications

Book chapters

Backer, E. & King, B. (2015). VFR Travel: Progressing Towards Greater Recognition in Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

Backer, E. & Morrison, A. (2015). The Value and Contributions of VFR to Destinations and Destination Marketing in Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

Backer, E. & King, B. (2015). Local Impacts, Global Prospects: The Future of VFR Travel, in Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

Backer, E. (2015). VFR Travel: Its true dimensions, in Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

Backer, E. & Hay, B. (2015 forthcoming). Implementing VFR Travel Strategies, in Backer, E. & King, B. (Eds) VFR Travel Research: International Perspectives Channel View

Journal editorial

Backer, E. & Hay, B. (2013) (Guest Editors). Social Media Special Issue, Tourism, Culture & Communication, 13, 1-4.

Associations and memberships

  • Chapter Director, CAUTHE