Johanna Loehr is a PhD Candidate at GIFT and the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University.

Johanna’s PhD focuses on examining what role tourism can play to reduce climate risk to Vanuatu destinations holistically. She applies a systems approach to understanding what factors influence risk to destinations, what knock-on effects and trade-offs emerge and what interventions create the widest benefits to the tourism sector, communities and natural environment that make up destinations.

Johanna has worked on a number of research and consultancy projects, including on tourism and climate change policy integration, and externally through EarthCheck on decarbonising Great Barrier Reef Island resorts. Johanna is part of the EcoAdapt project in the Pacific, a multidisciplinary project on Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change, and currently works on the ‘Inclusive Stewardship Approaches for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Tourism’ project which aims to improve WASH practices, in particular of women, in destinations in Fiji and Indonesia. Johanna is a Master Trainer for EarthCheck and regularly delivers sustainability training to tourism and hospitality businesses around the world.

Johanna is passionate about sustainability in tourism with a particular interest in climate change, well-being, systems thinking and policy. With a Bachelor of Environmental Tourism Management, a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Tourism Planning and over five years’ experience working in the field of sustainable tourism, Johanna is undertaking her PhD with the aim to advance the understanding of how tourism can be managed to address some of the most pressing sustainability issues.

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