The faculty at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University (BMIHMS) come from a range of professional backgrounds and all have experience in their chosen fields. Many have extensive hospitality industry experience and bring a wealth of insight and knowledge to the units they teach.

The rigour research and scholarship undertaken by the BMIHMS faculty has been a highlight during 2010 and 2011, with a total of 12 research articles being published or accepted for publication. The articles have been in leading journals such as the Tourism Management, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Journal of Travel and Tourism, Marketing, Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, Event Management: An International Journal, and International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing.

BMIHMS Academic Leadership Team:

Dr Simon Pawson – Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Hospitality) and Academic Director (BMIHMS).
Doctor of Philosophy (Australian National University), Master of Management (Macquarie University), Post Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Macquarie University).


With nineteen years tourism and hospitality industry experience and fifteen years teaching and research experience, Associate Professor Simon Pawson is an academic leader and researcher. His areas of teaching and research interests include business studies, specifically leadership, marketing and strategic management, social / environmental justice, community-based tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, destination marketing & national identity, heritage tourism, destination management, social sciences research, leadership, strategic management and organizational behaviour.

Simon has been an active researcher and social advocate in Cambodia since 2002.

His research projects include investigating social and environmental consequences of tourism development in Siem Reap, antiquities theft, pro poor tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, human trafficking, attraction development, tourism and rural development, community-based and responsible tourism.

Simon is currently the Associate Dean of Hospitality, and Chief Academic, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia. He is also the lead researcher of The Cambodian Sustainable Tourism Development Collaborative Project.


Dr Rajka Presbury – Associate Professor, Senior Learning and Teaching Facilitator (BMIHMS).
Doctor of Philosophy (Western Sydney University), Master of Education (Australian National University), Graduate Certificate in Hotel Management (Southern Cross University)



Mr Min Paing – Senior Success Coach (BMIHMS).
Master of Human Resources and Industry Relations (University of Sydney), Bachelor of Hotel Management (University of Canberra).



Dr Emma Wong – Program Director (Postgraduate).
Doctor of Philosophy (University of New South Wales), Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Victoria University), Master of Philosophy in Tourism Management (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Hotel and Catering Management (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University).



Dr Zelko Livaic – Program Director, Undergraduate Programs and Senior Lecturer.
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Western Sydney), Bachelor of Commerce (1st Class Honours) (Economics and Finance), (University of Western Sydney), Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) (University of Western Sydney).



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