Dr Elspeth

Dr Elspeth Frew

Associate Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Business School

Department of Department of Management, Sport and Tourism

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (VUT); MSc (Strath); MA (Edin)



Area of study

Event Management

Brief profile

Dr Elspeth Frew is an Associate Professor in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management in the La Trobe Business School. Elspeth’s research interest is in cultural tourism, with a particular focus on dark tourism, industrial tourism and festival, event and attraction management. She has published work in these areas as journal articles, book chapters and edited books - most recently on dark tourism and the relationship between tourism and national identities.

Research interests

Tourism Management

- Festival and Event management

Teaching units

  • THS1THE Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Events Studies
  • THS3EOP Event Planning
  • THS3SCE Event Project 
  • BUS3ELP Experiential Learning Project

Recent publications

Edited Books

White, L. and Frew, E. A. (Editors) (2013). Dark Tourism and Place Identity: Managing and Interpreting Dark Places, Routledge, Oxon, UK. ISBN 978-0-415-80965-8

Frew, E. A. and White, L. K. (Editors) (2011). Tourism and National Identities: An International Perspective, Routledge, Oxon, UK. ISBN 978-0-415-57277-4.

Robertson, M. and Frew, E. (Editors) (2008). Events & Festivals: Current Trends and Issues. Routledge, Oxon, UK. ISBN 978-0-415-44918-2.

Selected Journal Articles  

Mair, J. and Frew, E. (2016). "Academic conferences: a female duoethnography", Current Issues in Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2016.1248909

Frew, E. A. and White, L. (2015). “Commemorative Events and National Identity: Commemorating Death and Disaster in Australia”, Event Management, Vol 19, No 4, pp. 509-524.

Frew, E. A. and Williams, K. (2014) “Dancesport in Australia: Sport tourists’ behavior and patterns”, Managing Leisure. Vol 19, No 3, pp. 171-187.

Frew, E. A. and White, L. K. (2013) "The Creation of Closeness: Identity Tourists in Who Do You Think You Are?" Tourism Analysis, Vol 18, No 3, pp. 313-322.

Frew, E. A. (2012). "Interpretation of a Sensitive Heritage Site: The Port Arthur Memorial Garden, Tasmania", International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol 18, Issue 1, pp. 33-48.

Frew, E. A. and Ali-Knight, J. (2011). “Creating High and Low Art: Experimentation and Commercialisation at Fringe Festivals", Tourism, Culture and Communication, Volume 10, No 3, pp. 231-245.

Frew, E. A. and Winter, C. (2010) "Tourist Response to Climate Change: Regional and Metropolitan Diversity", Tourism Review International, Volume 13, No 4, pp. 237-246.

Frew, E. A. and Ali-Knight, J. (2009). “Independent Theatres and the Creation of a Fringe Atmosphere”, International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp. 211-227.   

Selected Book Chapters

Frew, E. A. (Forthcoming 2018) “Exhibiting Death and Disaster: Museological Perspectives”, In Stone, P., Hartmann, R., Seaton, T., Sharpley, R. and White, L. (Eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers Ltd, Basingstoke, UK. (ISBN: 978-1-137-47565-7)

Frew, E. A. (2017). “From Living Memory to Social History: Commemoration and Interpretation of a Contemporary Dark Event”, In Hooper, G. and Lennon, J. (Eds.), Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation, Routledge, UK. (pp. 160-173). (ISBN: 978-1-4724-5243-6)

Mair, J. and Frew, E. A. (2015). “Hogmanay Rituals: Scotland's New Year Eve Celebrations” In Frost, W. and Laing, J. (Eds) Rituals and Traditional Events in a Modern World, Routledge, UK. (ISBN: 978-0-415-70736-7)

White, L. and Frew. E. A. (2014) “The Devastation of Darwin: Representing the Recovery and Reconstruction of Australia after Cyclone Tracy” In Ritchie, B.W., Campiranon, K., Scot, N., and Laws, E. (Eds.) (2014). Tourism Crisis and Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific. CABI Publishing: Wallingford, UK. (ISBN: 978-1-780-64325-0)

Frew, E. A. (2014) “Volunteer Fundraising: The Motivation for Involvement in a Charity Arts Event”, In Such, L (Ed), Research in Leisure Education, Cultures and Experience, LSA Publication No. 123, Leisure Studies Association, University of Eastbourne, UK (pp. 91-107) (ISBN: 978 1-905369-393).

Frew, E. A. (2011). “Transforming Mines into Tourist Attractions: Conceptual and Practical Considerations.” In M. Conlin, L. Jolliffe, (Eds.) Mining Heritage and Tourism: A Global Synthesis. Routledge, Oxon, (pp. 72-83). ISBN: 978-0-415-56090-0.

Frew, E. A. (2008) “Industrial Tourism Theory and Implemented Strategies”. In A. G. Woodside (Ed.), Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research Volume 2. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley,  (pp. 27-42). ISBN 9780762314515.