Dr Andrew Smith, Reader in Tourism and Events at the University of Westminster, will be spending the whole of April at the University of Queensland in Brisbane as part of the W. James Whyte Visiting Research Fellowship.

Dr Andrew Smith, from the Department of Transport and Planning, has been awarded the W. James Whyte Fellowship by the University of Queensland in Australia, where he will be collaborating with staff and mentoring PhD students interested in tourism planning and event leveraging.

The Fellowship is offered to leading academics from across the globe and has helped turn the University of Queensland Business School into an international powerhouse for tourism research. The University was particularly interested in Dr Smith’s work on mega-events.  

During his stay, the Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Andrew will be collaborating with colleagues from the University of Queensland on a joint research project on the planning issues and urban development projects linked to this mega-event.

Andrew Smith

Speaking about his achievement, Andrew said: "I am absolutely delighted to be awarded this Fellowship. The University of Queensland hosts the best tourism and events research centre in Australia and I am really looking forward to working with the staff and research students who are based there.

"Much of my research focuses on the legacies of mega-events and so I am particularly pleased that my visit coincides with both the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1988 Brisbane World Expo. The plan is to produce some joint research with UQ staff and to build networks and relationships that may lead to future collaborations."

With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all its forms. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations. We are an international institution, located in the heart of London.

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