At The Hotel School Sydney/Melbourne in Sydney, Australia
The Hotel School Sydney begins the new academic year with an addition to the academic staff - Lecturer David Scott - whose teaching subjects will be Contemporary Tourism Issues and Conventions, Meetings and Exhibitions Management. Holding a Masters in Tourism and in the process of completing his PhD, which investigates everyday practices and how they construct and mediate tourism spaces and performances, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, David brings wide-ranging experience teaching tourism, hospitality and events at University of Otago, New Zealand
His Hospitality Industry career has included operations management at hotels in Australia, the UK and New Zealand, including Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and St David's Hotel and Spa in Cardiff, the first 5 star hotel in Wales.
His career experiences led him to think more about the social and cultural aspects of the Hospitality Industry and latterly his teaching has focused on marketing, tourism and international tourism labour markets. His research interests reflect his broad background, recent publications including work on farmer's markets and hotel spaces. His current research examines how the rhythms of the banal and quotidian act to (re)configure tourists’ everyday performances. This research takes a multi-disciplinary approach to consider how developing an understanding of the multiple mobilities hidden by the taken-for-grantedness of the everyday may allow us to question concepts such as 'home' and 'away'.
David is also interested in developing an understanding of how the power of the individual to affect their everyday, and how they are affected by the everyday world around them, is implicated in constructing various, often contested, social identities. These include those of, for example, 'hosts' and 'guests'.
Further research interests include the mobilities of hospitality and tourism workers, events-driven tourism, and tourist behaviour, including a developing interest in the importance of the senses and sensual to the tourist experience.