Ms. Vanessa Uiari
Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Faculty of Business and Informatics
Vanessa Uiari is currently a lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management. She has almost 20 years of experience in technical and vocational training and higher education in tourism and hospitality management. She currently serves as the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee. She volunteers on the editorial committee of the Electronic Journal of Informatics. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Hotel Management from Griffith University, Queensland, 2001. In 2016, after earning a Higher Distinction in Marketing Research, Qualitative Research Methods, and Quantitative Research Methods in the Master of Tourism Management by Research, she upgraded her course to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy at Edith Cowan University, which she is currently completing while teaching fulltime. Her expertise is grounded in almost ten years of experience working at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby, in a hotel management career, which began in 1993 and ended in 2001 when she made the transition to work in post-secondary technical training. This has expanded to include an expertise developed from her ongoing doctoral research, which is an ethnographic study that explores everyday life and the worldview of the autochthonous ‘Isurava’ kin groups living along the northern stretches of the Kokoda Trail in the Iora Creek valley, in Oro province.