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About me

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 as well as a PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Westminster. I have been a visiting lecturer at a variety of institutions, including the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Ecuador, HES-SO Valais Switzerland, MCI Innsbruck, University of Malta and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

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. 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.     

Teaching

I lead and lecture on both postgraduate and undergraduate tourism modules, including, amongst others, Sustainable Tourism in the Developing World, Tourism and Society, Dissertation UG and PG, Research Methods UG and PG, Tourism Planning, Understanding Tourism, Study Skills, Business of Tourism, Destinations, and also Introduction to Events.

I particularly focus at the intersrction between tourism, development studies and social anthropology and draw very much on case studies from the developing world. 

I supervise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research

My main research areas are sustainable tourism for development, community-based tourism, community empowerment, tourism & power, social inequalities, 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, and more recently London and small islands (e.g. Galápagos, Fiji).

I am lead editor for a forthcoming book by Routledge called "Tourism and Development in Southeast Asia" together with Alexander Trupp and Huong Bui. 

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.       

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.