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.

  • SC3008: Professional Placement (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5008: Professional Placement (Level 5; TSV & CNS)
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
  • 2020 - Resilient Australia Awards - Queensland winner in the school category as part of "Thuringowa High Disaster Resilience for a Changing Climate Grand Challenge".
  • 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
  • 2023 - Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Branch
  • 2022 - State Emergency Service (Volunteer - Field Operations Member)
  • 2021 - Australiasian Women In Emergency Management Network (AWEN)
  • 2020 - Queensland Disaster Researchers Alliance
  • 2018 - Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Work Integrated Learning - Queensland Chapter Community of Practice
  • 2016 - Academic Member - Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • 2016 - Research Member - Active Transport Network
  • 2016 - Council of Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) – Special Interest Group Risk Crisis and Recovery Management
  • 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 37+ 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.

  • Exploring the interactions between lost tourists, searchers, and other stakeholders to identify preventative search and rescue opportunities for lost tourist events in terrestrial wilderness environments (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Tornadoes in Australia: Increasing the awareness and addressing the gaps in disaster risk management (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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