Dr Claudia Dolezal
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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.