Postprint of: Wilson, E & von der Heidt, T 2013, 'Business as usual? barriers to education for sustainability in the tourism curriculum', Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 130-147.
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There is little research on how “sustainability” is embedded within tourism programs. This article draws on findings from a study of education for sustainability within the 1st-year business/tourism curriculum at an Australian regional university. Using an interpretive methodology, interviews took place with 16 academics regarding the barriers in trying to incorporate sustainability. Three key themes were revealed: (1) a crowded curriculum; (2) staff and student resistance to sustainability; and (3) the realities of a complex, multicampus institution. These impediments will be important to consider if we want to engender a more transformational approach to sustainability leadership in tourism education.