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Associate Professor Dale Sanders

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5413, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.231
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5413
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.231  


Associate Professor Dale Sanders is the Associate Dean (Business Services) in the School of Business and Law.

Current teaching

  • Tourism and hospitality management


  • Associate Dean, Business Services


Associate Professor Dale Sanders is the Associate Dean, Business Services in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. Dale has 15 years’ experience in academia and previously, held the position of course coordinator for the applied disciplines at ECU.

Professional Associations

  • Council of Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Educators (CAUTHE) Secretary 2016-2017

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Dean’s Award for innovation in teaching and learning


Research areas and interests

  • Crisis and disaster recovery
  • Community based tourism
  • Sport tourism
  • Event management
  • Coastal planning and development
  • FIFO workers and tourism


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Ernawati, NM., Dowling, R., Sanders, D., (2015), Tourists' perceptions of community-based tourism products for sustainable tourism in Bali, Indonesia. The Practice of Sustainable Tourism: Resolving the paradox, 95-112, New York, Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Vermeersch, L., Willson, G., Sanders, D., (2017), Climate Change's Impact on Tourism: The Attitude of Australia's Generation Y. JOHAR: Journal of Hospitality Application and Research, 12(2), 24-40.
  • Ernawati, NM., Sanders, D., Dowling, R., (2017), Host-Guest orientations of community based tourism products: a case study in Bali, Indonesia. International Journal of Tourism Research, 19(3), 367-382, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/jtr.2119.
  • Udunuwara, M., Sanders, D., Wilkins, H., (2016), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Practices in the hotel sector from the perspective of leisure travelers. Colombo Business Journal, 7(2), 35-49, Colombo Sri Lanka, University of Colombo.
  • Vermeersch, L., Sanders, D., Willson, G., (2016), Generation Y: Indigenous tourism interests and environmental values. Journal of Ecotourism, 15(2), 184-198, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2016.1165233.
  • Sanders, D., Willson, G., Susomrith, P., Dowling, R., (2016), Fly in to work; fly out to Bali: An exploration of Australian fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers leisure travel. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 26(1), 36-44, Australia, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2015.11.002.
  • Sanders, D., Laing, J., Frost, W., (2015), Exploring the role and importance of post-disaster events in rural communities. Journal of Rural Studies, 41(2015), 82-94, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.08.001.
  • Allan, M., Dowling, R., Sanders, D., (2015), The motivations for visiting geosites: the case of Crystal Cave, Western Australia. GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites, 16(2), 141-152, Oradea, Jud Bihor, Romania, Editura Universitatii din Oradea.
  • Willson, G., Sanders, D., Scott, O., (2015), In the news: an investigation into Australian print media reports on Bali. Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends, 8(2), 105-122, Romania, World Press.
  • Hurtado, H., Dowling, R., Sanders, D., (2014), An Exploratory Study to Develop a Geotourism Typology Model. International Journal of Tourism Research, 16(6), 608-613, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/jtr.1954.
  • Norrish, L., Sanders, D., Dowling, R., (2014), Geotourism product development and stakeholder perceptions: a case study of a proposed geotrail in Perth, Western Australia. Journal of Ecotourism, 13(1), 52-63, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2014.938654.
  • Rinaldi, G., Sanders, D., Sibson, R., (2013), The motivations and experiences of Australian Football League interstate sport tourists. Annals of Leisure Research, 16(1), 39-54, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2013.770361.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Customer Relationship Management (crm) Of Hotels In The Context Of Variety-seeking Behaviour (vsb)

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Tourism by Research,  Obstacles Which Significantly Affect Tourism Development In Jordan
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Producer-market Orientation Of Community-based Tourism (cbt) Products: A Case Study In Bali, Indonesia
  • Master of Tourism Management by Research,  The Business Of Trails
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Toward Better Understanding Of Motivations For Geotourism Experience: A Self-determination Theory Perspective.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Community Based Tourism In Cambodia: Exploring The Role Of Community For Successful Implementation In Least Developed Countries
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