Dr. Susanne Becken is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia.
Susanne has worked as a tourism researcher and consultant for 18 years and has led or contributed to over 30 projects related to sustainable destination management, climate change, energy and water use, and resilience. Susanne understands the challenge of facilitating business and community prosperity, whilst minimising the environmental and social costs from tourism. Clients included the UNWTO, UNISDR, UNEP, UNDP, GIZ, the New Zealand Ministry of Tourism, EarthCheck, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Australian Department of Environment, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and the City of Gold Coast.
Susanne has published over 150 research papers, books and reports in the field of sustainable tourism. She is also actively involved in training and mentoring students in the field of tourism and hospitality, and collaborates with a range of partners to make a difference for a more sustainable tourism industry.
Susanne was a contributing author to the Fourth and the Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. In 2015/16, Susanne was an invited expert on Queensland’s Ministerial Taskforce for Great Barrier Reef Water Science. She is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, and a member of PATA’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility committee.
Susanne is on the editorial boards of Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Tourism Tribune (China), Tourism and Hospitality Prospect (China), Tourism Recreation Research, and the Tourism Review.