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Dr Sebastian Filep

Office - Commerce 4.52
Tel 64 3 479 5403
Email sebastian.filep@otago.ac.nz


Sebastian has been in the Tourism Department since April 2012, and holds the position of Lecturer. Prior to joining the University of Otago, Sebastian was a Research Fellow at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and is currently Honorary Research Fellow at that University. Before obtaining his PhD from James Cook University in 2009, Sebastian worked at MODUL University Vienna in Austria as a Researcher and Lecturer.

Sebastian lectures in Tourist Behaviour (TOUR 217), Advanced Tourism Concepts (TOUR 423), Introduction to Tourism (TOUR 101) and is a course coordinator of Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management (TOUR 218).

Research Interests

Dr Filep specialises in tourism and well being research. Sebastian has published internationally in peer reviewed academic journals and books on the topic of human well being. He is a co-author of Tourists, Tourism and the Good Life (Routledge, 2011), the lead editor of Tourist Experience and Fulfilment: Insights from Positive Psychology (Routledge, 2013) and a co-author of a popular market ebook, Vacation Rules (VR Publishing, 2013). Sebastian’s research has recently received international press coverage.

Apart from his key research interest, Sebastian has also published on other tourism related topics and this is reflected in his publication record of over 40 research outputs. Selected publications and major works are shown below. Sebastian is Second Vice Chair of the Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management (JHTM) and has served as a reviewer for major tourism, leisure and hospitality journals: Annals of Tourism Research, Annals of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Tourism Analysis, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Vacation Marketing, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management , Tourism Review International, Journal of China Tourism Research and Anatolia.

Major Works

Pearce, P.L., Filep, S. and Ross, G.F.  (2011) Tourists, Tourism and the Good Life. New York, NY: Routledge.

Cuthbert, R. and Filep, S. (2013). Vacation Rules. Self published eBook.

Filep, S. and Pearce, P.L. (2013) (Eds). Tourist Experience and Fulfilment: Insights from Positive Psychology. New York, NY: Routledge.

Selected Journal Papers

Filep, S. (accepted). Editorial: Consider prescribing tourism. Journal of Travel Medicine.

Filep, S., Hughes, M., Mostafanezhad, M. and Wheeler, F. (2013). Generation Tourism: Towards a Common Identity. Current Issues in Tourism. DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2013.855174. ABDC 2013 Level A.

Filep, S., Klint, L., Whitelaw, P., Dominey-Howes, D. and DeLacy, T. (accepted). Happiness, satisfaction and risk perception. Tourism Review International, 17(4). ABDC 2013 Level C.

Filep, S., Cao, D., Jiang, M. and DeLacy, T. (2013). Savouring tourist experiences after a holiday. Leisure/Loisir, 37 (3): 191-203. ABDC 2013 Level B.

Filep, S. (2012). Moving beyond subjective well-being: a tourism critique. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. DOI: 10.1177/1096348012436609. ABDC 2013 Level A.

Munk Klint, L., Jiang, M. Law, A. DeLacy, T., Filep, S., Calgaro, E., Dominey-Howes, D. and Harrison, D. (2012). Dive Tourism in Luganville, Vanuatu: Vulnerability to Climate Change. Special edition of Tourism in Marine Environments: SCUBA DIVING: Exploring Issues of Its System, 8 (1/2): 91–109. ABDC 2013 Level C.

Filep, S. and Bereded –Samuel, E. (2012). Holidays against depression? An Ethiopian Australian initiative. Current Issues in Tourism, 15 (3): 281–285. ABDC 2013 Level A.

Filep, S. and Deery, M. (2010). Towards a Picture of Tourists’ Happiness. Tourism Analysis, 15(4): 399-410. ABDC 2013 Level A.

Filep, S. (2008). Applying the Dimensions of Flow to Explore Visitor Engagement and Satisfaction. Visitor Studies 11(1): 90-108. ABDC 2013 Level A.

Filep, S. and Greenacre, L. (2007). Evaluating and Extending the Travel Career Patterns Model, TOURISM – An International Interdisciplinary Journal 55 (1): 23-38. ABDC 2013 Level C.

Filep, S. and McDonnell, I. (2005). The Spanish Youth Market to Australia: An Exploratory Study of Market Needs, Tourism Today 5 (Fall): 110-125. ABDC 2013 Level C.

Other Selected Outputs

Filep, S. and Higham, J. (accepted). Chasing well-being. New directions for appraising tourist experiences. In M. Jiang, T. DeLacy and G. Lipman (Eds.) (forthcoming). Travel, Tourism, and Green Growth. New York, NY: Routledge.

Deery, M., Filep, S. and Hughes, M. (accepted). Exploring visitor well-being in parks and nature reserves. In C. Voigt and C. Pforr, Wellness Tourism. New York, NY: Routledge.

Filep, S. and Pearce, P. (2013). Introducing tourist experience and fulfilment research. In S. Filep and P. Pearce (Eds), Tourist experience and fulfilment: insights from positive psychology. New York, NY: Routledge, pp.1-14.

Filep, S. and Pearce, P. (2013). A blueprint for tourist experience and fulfilment research. In S. Filep and P. Pearce (Eds), Tourist experience and fulfilment: insights from positive psychology. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 223-232.

Filep, S., Klint, L., Dominey-Howes, D. and DeLacy, T. (2013). Discovering what matters in a perfect day: A study of well-being of adventure tourists. In Taylor, S., Varley, P. and Johnston, T. (Eds). Adventure Tourism: Meanings, Markets and Learning. Abingdon, Oxford, UK: Routledge, pp.33-46.

Filep, S. (2012). Positive Psychology and Tourism. In Uysal M. Perdue, R and Sirgy, J. (Eds). The Handbook of Tourism and Quality-of-Life: The Missing Links (pp. 31-50). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.

Filep, S. (2008) Book review: Tourism and Welfare – Ethics, Responsibility and Sustained Well-being. D. Hall and F. Brown. Wallingford, UK: CABI. xv + 239. Tourism Analysis: 13 (5/6).


PhD (external - completed), Dr Louise Munk Klint, A climate change resilience framework for tourism, Victoria University, Australia
PhD (internal), Ms Susan Weidmann, The enduring appeal of mystery: unlocking the secrets of tourist motivation for ‘fright’ tourism through demand and supply perspectives, Department of Tourism
PhD (internal), Mr Kokel Melubo, Ecotourism and livelihoods among livestock keepers in the Ngorongoro conservation area, Department of Tourism
PhD (internal), Mr Saleh Moradi, Human resource management as a process: the influence ofemployees’ personal characteristics, psychological resources, cultural
value orientations on job attitudes and well-being, Department of Management

Masters (internal), Ms Tess Brosnan, What defines the current citizen science movement? Centre for Science Communication
Masters (external) Ms Li He, Place Attachment and Visitor Behaviour, Victoria University, Australia

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