Yetta Gurtner is a lecturer and researcher with the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. With a multi-disciplinary background in Southeast Asian Studies, her core research interests include integrated disaster and crisis management, tourism crisis, and sustainable development in disaster recovery. Related research interests include social impact assessment and an appreciation of dynamic contexts of vulnerability, capacity, adaptation, resilience, mitigation and sustainability, particularly within developing nations.

  • EV1008: Human Geography (Level 1; TSV)
  • EV3110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC3008: Professional Placement (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5007: Professional Project (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5008: Professional Placement (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5009: Professional Project (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • establishing a holistic understanding of the impacts of tourism in developing nations
  • advancing integrated crisis management for tourist destinations
  • persuading sustainable tourism development practice
  • assisting knowledge, understanding and awareness of integrated disaster management
  • the facilitation of community-based disaster management - maximising community capacity and resources
  • 2017 to 2018 - Researcher, Graduate Research School (JCU Townsville)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Researcher, Graduate Research School (JCU Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2007 - Researcher, Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) (Brisbane)
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  • 2017 - Highly Commended Paper by Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management 2016 “Returning to Paradise: Investigating Long term Tourism Crisis Recovery on the Island of Bali”
  • 2016 - Sessional Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning at JCU
  • 2011 - Faculty Citation - (with David King, Alison Cottrell and Nikki Moore) Innovative approaches to the development of planning curriculum for the needs of regional, tropical Australia
  • 2016 - Research Member - The Cairns Institute
  • 2016 - Academic Member - Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • 2016 - Council of Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) – Special Interest Group Risk Crisis and Recovery Management
  • 2016 - Research Member - Active Transport Network
  • 2014 - International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Research Member - Science and Technology Major Group - Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Yetta Gurtner from 2004 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Modelling the unexpected and uncontained tourist disaster experience with respect to relevant disaster management subcultures (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Tornadoes in Australia: Increasing the awareness and addressing the gaps in disaster risk management (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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