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Perth PhD graduate wins top tourism prize

Perth PhD graduate wins top tourism prize ( Dr Aggie Wegner has taken out the prestigious Sir Frank Moore Award for
Excellence offered by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research
Centre (STCRC).

The former PhD student from Murdoch University was given the award
during a ceremony to honour the achievements of the retiring tourism
industry visionary Sir Frank Moore.

The award was this year renamed for Sir Frank Moore, in honour of his
contribution to the industry.

The award recognises outstanding achievement in PhD studies, and Dr
Wegner’s application was one of many exceptional applications received
from students across the country.

“I am absolutely thrilled, I still cannot believe it,” said Dr Wegner, who
was recently awarded a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental
Science on an industry-based STCRC scholarship.

“I am positive that receiving this honour will forward my career,
particularly when working with industry. It is a great connection to have
with both academia and industry.”

Dr Wegner’s thesis was titled “Relationships with many facets: unpacking
the interactions between protected area managers and commercial tour

The study explores the power play between the two groups, examining
how protected area managers including conservation staff, interact with
organisations running commercial tourism ventures.

The Sir Frank Moore Award for Excellence was introduced to assist in the
communication of PhD research to industry and to allow for excellence in
PhD research to be recognised and rewarded.

This annual award is open to all STCRC PhD students who have completed
and been advised of the award of their PhD doctorates, within the 12
months prior to the deadline for applications.

Dr Wegner also received a $5000 cheque with her award to advance her
science career.

The STCRC is Australia’s leading scientific tourism research organisation,
whose head office is based in Queensland’s Griffith University Gold Coast

Media > for more information or to arrange an interview please contact Amber Brown, Sustainable Tourism CRC Phone: 07 5552 8116 Email: Website:

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