Originally an anthropologist, Dr Cave is interested in social worlds and alternative economies. Prior to becoming an academic in 2001, she enjoyed a 20-year career in consultancy, senior management and governance roles in the cultural/events industries and science communication in Canada and New Zealand. Dr Cave worked in third sector, private and public (federal and local governments) sector organisations at national, regional and local levels. She is a weaver, with an enduring love of heritage, culture, design and the arts.
Her research agenda explores the long-term transformative power of co-creative sustainable development in tourism, from a critical lens and Global South perspective. Current themes are the meaning of work, precarity, wellbeing and inclusion, symbiosis, diasporan care-cycles, ‘politeness’ of border police, inclusivity and intersectionality, alternative economies, the politics of partnership and experiential pedagogy. Her teaching has spanned event management, hospitality, tourism management, adventure tourism, research methods and entrepreneurship.
Dr Cave holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand (specialising in zoo-archaeology; use-wear analysis); Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto (audience advocacy); PhD in Tourism Management (2009) from the University of Waikato, New Zealand (Pacific Island migrant nascent entrepreneurs).