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Academic Profile - Dr Kim Williams



Dr Kim Williams is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Higher Education at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Kim lectures in event management and human resources. Her research background is diverse but tends to focus on human resources issues, with a prime emphasis on professional development and training. She is also interested in event management, gastronomy, fashion, and wine tourism. Kim has published in a variety of journals such as Journal of Heritage Tourism, Managing Leisure, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism and The Australian Journal of Teacher Education and has contributed to a number of research book chapters.


  • Doctor of Education, “An Investigation of the Professional Development Practices of Vocational Education and Training Educators in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector.”, Victoria University (2009)
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (TAA40104), Victoria University (2008)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education and Training, Victoria University (2007)
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems (BSZ50198). Australian Industrial Trainers, Assessors & Consultants (2001)
  • Master of Education, “Professional Development: Retuning to Industry: Implications for VET Trainers and Teachers of Hospitality” University of Melbourne (2000)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education Administration, University of Melbourne (1997)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, Hawthorn Institute of Education (1994)
  • Bachelor of Business (Catering and Hotel Management), Footscray Institute of Technology (1985)

Contact details

T: +61 3 9606 2391

Areas of expertise

  • Human Resources
  • Wine Tourism
  • Gastronomy
  • Event Management
  • Fashion


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List of research publications


  • Frost, W., Laing, J., Strickland, P., Best, G., Lade, C., & Williams, K. M. (forthcoming 2016). Gastronomy, tourism and the media. Channel View: Bristol, UK.
  • Williams, K. M., Laing, J., & Frost, W. (eds.) (2014). Fashion, design and events. London and New York: Routledge.

Book chapters

  • Strickland, P., Williams, K.M., Laing, J., & Frost, W. (forthcoming 2015). The use of social media in the wine event industry: A case study of the High Country Harvest in Australia. In G. Szolnoki, L. Thach & D. Kolb (Eds.), Successful social media & ecommerce strategies in the wine industry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Laing, J., Frost, W., & Williams, K. M. (2014). Setting a research agenda for fashion and design events. In K. M. Williams, J Laing, & W Frost (Eds.), Fashion, design and events. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Williams, K. M. (2014). Horse racing events and millinery: Where have all the Mad Hatters gone? In K. M. Williams, J Laing, & W Frost (Eds.), Fashion, design and events. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Williams, K. M., Laing, J., & Frost, W. (2014). Social conformity or radical chic? Fashion, design and events. In K. M. Williams, J Laing, & W Frost (eds.), Fashion, design and events. London and New York: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Frost, W., Laing, J., & Williams, K. M. (2015). Exploring the contribution of public art to the tourist experience in Istanbul, Ravenna and New York. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 10(1), 57-73.
  • Williams, K. M., & Best, G. (2014). Short study tours abroad: Internationalizing business curricula. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 14(3), 240-259.
  • Frew, E. A., & Williams, K. M. (2014). Dancesport in Australia: Sport tourists’ behaviour and patterns. Managing Leisure, 19(3), 171-187.
  • Strickland, P., Frost, W., Williams, K. M., & Laing, J. (2013). The acceptance or rejection of social media: A case study of Rochford Winery Estate in Victoria, Australia. Tourism, Culture & Communication, 13(1), 19-27.
  • Williams, K. M. (2013). A profile of cellar door personnel: An exploratory case study analysis of two Australian wine regions. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 12(1), 91-108.
  • Williams, K. M. (2011). Australian wine tourism: Establishing a career path at the cellar door. Australian Journal of Career Development, 20(1), 15-23.
  • Williams, K. M. (2010). Examining education qualifications for Australian vocational education practitioners. The Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 62(2), 183-194.
  • Williams, K. M. (2009). Exploring professional development practices for vocational education and training practitioners. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 34(4), 1-15.

Conference Paper

  • Williams, K. M. (2009). Investigating professional development for tourism and hospitality educators. See Change: Tourism & Hospitality in a Dynamic World. 19th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), Fremantle, Western Australia, 10 - 13 February. Carlsen, J., Hughes, M., Holmes, K. and Jones, R, (Eds.) 10 - 13 February. Published by Promaco Conventions, Pty Ltd, ISBN: 1-86308-153-4.