Dr Claudia Dolezal

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35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS

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I joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in Tourism in 2015. Prior to that, I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton from 2012-2015, where I taught mainly on the Master programmes of Tourism & International Development and Tourism & Social Anthropology. I have a PhD and an MSc in Tourism and International Development and a PGCert in Research Methods from the University of Brighton, UK. I completed my BA in Business/Tourism & Leisure Management at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Austria in 2009, with an exchange semester at Mahidol University International College in Bangkok, Thailand.

I am part of the Austrian Society for South-East Asian Studies (SEAS), where I acted as project leader for the first SEAS summer university taking place in Thailand and Cambodia in 2011. I am also an editorial board member of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS), where I act as managing editor for special issues within the areas of tourism, mobilities and international development.     

I lecture mainly on undergraduate tourism modules, including, amongst others, Sustainable Tourism in the Developing World, Introduction to Tourism Planning, Understanding Tourism, Research Methods, Tourism in Society and also Introduction to Events.

I supervise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.       

My main research areas are sustainable tourism for development, community-based tourism, community empowerment, tourism & power, tourism & social anthropology and tourism encounters. Until now, my geographical research focus has mainly been on the region of South-East Asia, particularly Thailand and Indonesia.

My PhD research, which I completed in 2015, focused on community empowerment in community-based tourism in rural Bali, investigating power dynamics between the actors involved in CBT to identify possibilities for residents’ empowerment. Departing from a symbolic interactionist perspective, it shed light on the intangible dimensions of empowerment to lead to more beneficial community development through tourism.       

2018

London’s “Unseen Tours”: Slumming or societal change in the city? (2018)
Dolezal, C. 2018. London’s “Unseen Tours”: Slumming or societal change in the city? in: Graham, A. and Smith, A. (ed.) Destination London: The territorial expansion of the visitor economy University of Westminster Press.
Being in the field in Bali: A reflection on fieldwork relations in community-based tourism research (2018)
Dolezal, C. 2018. Being in the field in Bali: A reflection on fieldwork relations in community-based tourism research. in: Tucker, H., Jimura, T. and Dixon, L. (ed.) Tourism Ethnographies Routledge.

2016

The ASEAN community-based tourism standards: looking beyond certification (2016)
Novelli, M., Klatte, N. and Dolezal, C. 2016. The ASEAN community-based tourism standards: looking beyond certification. Tourism Planning & Development. 14 (2), pp. 260-281.

2015

Tourism and development in South-East Asia (2015)
Dolezal, C. and Trupp, A. 2015. Tourism and development in South-East Asia. ASEAS: Austrian Journal for South-East Asian Studies. 8 (2), pp. 117-124.
The tourism encounter in community-based tourism in Northern Thailand: empty meeting ground or space for change? (2015)
Dolezal, C. 2015. The tourism encounter in community-based tourism in Northern Thailand: empty meeting ground or space for change? Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS). 8 (2), pp. 165-186.
ABCD to CBT: asset-based community development's potential for community-based tourism (2015)
Dolezal, C. and Burns, P.M. 2015. ABCD to CBT: asset-based community development's potential for community-based tourism. Development in Practice. 25 (1), pp. 133-142.

2013

Mobilities in South-East Asia (2013)
Dolezal, C. and Trupp, A. 2013. Mobilities in South-East Asia. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS). 6 (2), pp. 235-241.
Community-based tourism in Bali: on the road towards empowerment? An interview with Djinaldi Gosana (2013)
Dolezal, C. 2013. Community-based tourism in Bali: on the road towards empowerment? An interview with Djinaldi Gosana. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS). 6 (2), pp. 366-373.

2011

Community-based tourism in Thailand: (dis-)illusions of authenticity and the necessity for dynamic concepts of culture and power (2011)
Dolezal, C. 2011. Community-based tourism in Thailand: (dis-)illusions of authenticity and the necessity for dynamic concepts of culture and power. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS). 4 (1), pp. 129-138.

2014

Understanding the meaning and possibilities of empowerment in community-based tourism in Bali (2014)
Dolezal, C. 2014. Understanding the meaning and possibilities of empowerment in community-based tourism in Bali. ISCONTOUR 2014 - International Student Conference in Tourism Research. IMC FH Krems, Austria 05 May 2014 Books on Demand; Auflage.

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