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Associate Professor Maria Ryan

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5784, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.234
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5784
Facsimile: +61 8 6340 5840
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.234  


Associate Professor Maria Ryan is the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Business and Law, and Program Director for the disciplines of: Human Resource Management, Management and Marketing. Maria is a Member of the School Executive.

Current teaching

  • Marketing Research.
  • Applied Research Development.
  • Marketing Management.


Background in Industry working as a Researcher and as a buyer of research for both international (American Express) and national government agencies (ABS). Teaching positions held at UWA and Notre Dame Universities. Teaching experience at ECU for over 15 years.


  • Marketing research.
  • Multivariate analysis.
  • Research techniques.

Research area and interests

  • Impact of attachment on consumption behaviour.
  • Community branding of local produce.
  • Consumer behaviour.
  • Place, people and object attachment.
  • Multivariate analysis, teaching and learning research.
  • Small business development in rural centres.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2007.
  • Master of Business, Curtin University of Technology, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours), The University of Western Australia, 1984.


Recent Research Grants

  • Perceived Brand Globalness in Emerging Markets and Moderating role of Consumer Demographics,  The Higher Education Commission,Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  HEC Scholarship,  2017 - 2020,  $76,000.
  • The economic and social impacts of contemporary music in Western Australia (WAM project),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Capability Enhancement Scheme - 2015 or earlier,  2015 - 2016,  $28,410.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Powell, R., Ryan, M., Lamb, S., (2017), The impact of the mining boom on the dining industry in Western Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 23(2), 243-260, Darling Heights, Queensland, Regional Science Association.
  • Ogilvie, M., Ng, D., Xiang, D., Ryan, M., Yong, J., (2017), Using traditional rituals in hospitality to gain value: A study on the impact of Feng Shui. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 72(June), 1-9, Oxford UK, Elservier, DOI:
  • Sibson, R., Scherrer, P., Ryan, M., (2017), `I think it adds value, but I don?t use it?: use, perceptions and attitudes of outdoor exercise equipment in an urban public park. Annals of leisure research, 21(1), 58-73, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2017.1290535.
  • Darley, T., Lambert, C., Ryan, M., (2017), Grey Nomads? caravanning use of social networking sites. Journal of Information Technology and Tourism, 17(4), 379-398, DOI: 10.1007/s40558-017-0091-6.
  • Coetzer, A., Ryan, M., Susomrith, P., Suseno, Y., (2017), Challenges in addressing professional competence expectations in human resource management courses. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 55(4), 454-475, John Wiley and Sons Inc., DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12123.
  • Ogilvie, M., Ryan, M., (2016), Visual Images as a data capture instrument: Understanding the true meaning. World Journal of Social Sciences, 6(1), 121-131, Australia, Zant World Press.
  • Pearce, J., Ryan, M., Moore, SA., Beckley , LE., (2015), The Effect of Place Attachment on Pro-environment Behavioral Intentions of Visitors to Coastal Natural Area Tourist Destinations. Journal of Travel Research, 54(6), 730-743, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0047287514533010.
  • Marchioro, G., Ryan, M., Perkins, T., (2014), Implementing an interdisciplinary student centric approach to work-integrated learning. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 15(4), 359 - 368, New Zealand Association for Cooperatives Education.
  • Pearce, J., Valesini, FJ., Moore, SA., Beckley, LE., Ryan, M., (2013), The Relation Between Place Attachment and Management Preferences of Visitors at Remote Coastal Campsites in Western Australia. Visitor Studies, 16(1), 39-58, United States, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10645578.2013.768070.
  • Pearce, J., Moore, SA., Ryan, M., Beckley, LE., (2013), A Photo-elicitation Approach to Exploring the Place Meanings Ascribed by Campers to the Ningaloo Coastline, North-western Australia. Australian Geographer, 44(2), 143-160, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2013.789591.

Conference Publications

  • Ogilvie, M., Ng, D., Xiang, D., Ryan, M., Djajadikerta, H., Yong, J., (2017), Feng Shui: Traditional Rituals Impacting Business. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC) Marketing for Impact, 1005-1008, Melbourne, RMIT.
  • Meek, S., Ryan, M., Ogilvie, M., Lambert, C., (2016), Online Brand Communities: The Key to making them Succeed. Marketing in a Post-Disciplinary Era, 952-958, Christchurch, New Zealand, University of Canterbury.
  • Huhne, L., Cripps, H., Ryan, M., (2014), Planning a Wedding: Consumption behaviour of Bridal Magazines and Website Usage. ANZMAC Annual Conference 2014, 398-404, Brisbane, QLD, ANZMAC.
  • Parry, S., Ryan, M., Cripps, H., (2014), Exploring Attitudes toward Product Placement in Film: A Study of Western Australian Students. ANZMAC Annual Conference 2014, 53-59, Brisbane, QLD, ANZMAC.
  • Cripps, H., Pearce, J., Ryan, M., (2014), Photo Elicitation: Understanding Factors Contributing to a Successful Public Marina in Western Australia?. ANZMAC Annual Conference 2014, 794 - 800, Brisbane, QLD, ANZMAC.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Moment To Give, No Moment To Take: A Mixed-methods Study On Volunteer Tourism.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Relationship Between Place Attachment And Return Visits To Heritage Sites: A Case Study Of Ras Al Khaimah
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Consumer-based Brand Equity Model For The Luxury And Upscale Hotel Sector

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Understanding Influences On The Critical-to-success Factors In Online Brand Communities
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creating Persuasive Messages To Promote Abstinence From Alcohol During Pregnancy
  • Master of Business,  Where Are The Active Citizens Of Tomorrow? We Need Them Now...
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