Dr Christina Hagger

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (Level 3A)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Current: Knowledge exchange specialist. Operating out of eNVIsion, New Venture Institute at Tonsley

2017/2018: CREATE Research Fellow, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Research at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Key tasks: drafting the high-level knowledge exchange and translation architecture for the NHMRC funded CREATE Cente of Reserach Excellence; collaborating on a document analysis of Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation (ACCHO) Annual Reports to identify the range of services they offer that directly, or indirectly address social and cultural determinants of health.

2011/2016: Senior Research Fellow/Knowledge Exchange Manager for the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS). My primary role was to foster a national, system wide culture that values relevant, timely research as a resource to inform primary health care health policy and practice.

I convened the national Primary Health Care Research Conference for five years and developed it into an acknolwedged knowledge exchange hub for both researchers and research users.

A key element of my KE focus was to train emerging researchers on the value of working with research users to inform and strengthen their research, increase its relevance, and equip them for success in the knowledge economy. I created and developed a suite of innovative Knowledge Exchange Training Workshops for RHD students and Early Career Researchers.

My background as a government health policy advisor, skills as a researcher, and strategic planning skills (developed during my MBA studies) all contribute to my commitment to knowledge exchange to maximise the value of research as a societal resource - and make a difference.

From 2009-2011 I was Research Fellow at the Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide.

My PhD, completed in 2009, examined the impact of tourism on post retirement life satisfaction.

Major prior activities include my role as Executive Officer for the World Congress of Gerontology.

BA (Hons) MBA PhD
Honours, awards and grants

2007 - International Travel Grant from the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre to present a paper at the Fifth Bi-Annual Symposium of Consumer Psychology of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure of the International Society of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
2005-2008 - PhD Scholarship - Joint Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre and University of South Australia.
2000 - National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the 1997 World Congress of Gerontology awarded by the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Key responsibilities

I am exploring early ideas on adapting the European concept of 'social tourism' for Australian retirees. The social tourism agenda was developed initially with the aim of providing the benefits of travel for disadvantaged groups, however, it is now broadening to include ageing more generally. As such it is gaining interest from policy makers, particularly in Europe and the UK, who are watching the emerging evidence on the potential of local, supported tourism to deliver health benefits to the targeted populations, as well as economic benefits to local communities. It is clear that there is a real need to foster productive knowledge exchange between research and health/aged care/tourism policy and practice.

I continue my interest in reactivating the PhD process so that is centred on a knowledge exchange focus. The aim is to ground students in the economic and political implications of their research, while guiding to understand the power, privileges, limitations and responsibilities of academic research. This will enhance the value of a PhD for students, whether they are planning a career in academic teaching/research, practice, NGOs or government.

Teaching interests

Knowledge translation and exchange

Tourism psychology

Supervisory interests
Ageing policy
Primary health care
Qualitative research methodology
Tourist experience and behaviour
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: ageing (2)