Prof Elmarie Slabbert is currently the Director for the School of Tourism Management at North-West University. She currently focusing her research on the potential of game meat, travel behaviour, the socio-cultural impact of tourism and marketing issues. Prof Slabbert is also the chairperson of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists and the Tourism Educators of South Africa. She is referee for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and various accredited journals. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of national and international journals.
After the completion of her PhD she focused on acquiring research funds awarded to her by the National Research Foundation for analysing the social impacts of events in South Africa (2007-2011). After this she received funding from the National Research Foundation to continue her research on the tangible and intangible benefits of tourism to communities (2012-2014).
She has authored and co-authored 45 peer reviewed articles, 10 accredited conference proceedings and she started supervising post-graduate students in 2005 as co-supervisor, and since 2006 as supervisor. Since 2005 36 Masters students and 21 Doctorate students completed their studies with success under her guidance. Prof Slabbert has supervised over 45 Honours degree dissertations since 2002. At international level she has presented 44 papers at international conferences. This led to the development of various international network opportunities and international cooperation agreements. Prof Slabbert has also presented 13 papers at national conferences, co-authored 3 books, 15 chapters in books, 62 research reports, 6 in-service training manuals and served as external examiner for 26 post-graduate studies.
She is currently serving on the Research Forum of the Minister of Tourism. In 2010 she received the best paper award at the International Tourism Conference on Sustainable Tourism. Together with colleagues, she received the award for the best environmental abstract at the 2013 International Conference on Events. In 2013, she was the second-runner up for the Women in Science Award by the Department of Science and Technology.