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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in the Work, Employment and Organisation department, mostly on our tourism and hospitality courses. Tourism is one of my key research interests which I have approached from the theoretical frameworks of human geography, development studies, tourism management and innovation studies.

Before joining the Strathclyde Business School, I was a Senior Research Specialist in the Economic Planning and Development unit at the Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town where I worked on a range of projects with policy impact. I also have experience as a tourism and business studies lecturer and as a consultancy researcher.

I am affiliated as an associate researcher with the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the Univeristy of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I held a post-doc position and also completed my PhD.

Expertise & Capabilities

I understand the research process well and have been involved at all of its stages from conceptualization and proposal writing to research design, supervision; and co-supervision of various projects; collaboration on large national projects/ studies; data collection (primary and secondary), data analysis, synthesis and interpretation; report writing and dissemination.

Futher areas of expertise are:

- Mixed method research

- Project management

- Policy and/ strategy formulation

- National surveys

- Indicator development

Research Interests

My research interests include local and regional economic development and planning; social innovation; innovation measurement; tourism innovation; tourism sustainability; tourism livelihoods, employment and workplace issues; creative industries - employment and spatial perspectives.

Teaching Interests

Tourism and business studies lecturing and supervision

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD Geography, University of Johannesburg, 2015

Masters in Development Studies, University of the Free State, 2008

Post-graduate Certificate in Education, University of Pretoria, 2002

B.Com Tourism Management, University of Pretoria, 2000

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Johannesburg

Master of Social Science, University of the Free State

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Pretoria

External positions

Associate Researcher, University of Johannesburg

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Irma Booyens is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

tourism Earth & Environmental Sciences
innovation Earth & Environmental Sciences
competitiveness Earth & Environmental Sciences
networking Earth & Environmental Sciences
Innovation Business & Economics
Tourism Business & Economics
South Africa Business & Economics
Africa Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Creative tourism: South African township explorations

Booyens, I. & Rogerson, C. M., 8 Apr 2019, In : Tourism Review. 74, 2, p. 256-267 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cultural event

Innovation in a changing South Africa: extant debates and critical reflections

Booyens, I. & Hart, T. T. B., 2019, The Geography of South Africa - Contemporary Changes and New Directions. Knight, J. & Rogerson, C. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 269-277 9 p. (World Regional Geography Book Series (WRGBS)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Critical reflection
South Africa
Service sector


Best student in course work: Masters in Development Studies

Irma Booyens (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Newton Mobility Grant

Irma Booyens (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively