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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
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.
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
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Science, Innovation and networking in tourism for the competitiveness of the Western Cape regional tourism economy, University of Johannesburg
Award Date: 10 Jun 2015
Master of Social Science, Tourism development in small towns the case of Parys, Free State, University of the Free State
Award Date: 25 Apr 2008
Bachelor of Commerce, Tourism Management, University of Pretoria
Award Date: 30 Mar 2001
Associate Researcher, University of Johannesburg
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'It's not a big deal': customer misbehaviour and social washing in hospitalityBooyens, I., Hadjisolomou, A., Nickson, D., Cunningham, T. & Baum, T., 21 Oct 2022, In: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management . 34, 11, p. 4123-4141 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Handbook of Innovation for Sustainable TourismBooyens, I. (ed.) & Brouder, P. (ed.), 31 Aug 2022, Cheltenham. 400 p. (Research Handbooks in Tourism)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Best student in course work: Masters in Development Studies
Booyens, Irma (Recipient), 2008
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Newton Mobility Grant
Booyens, Irma (Recipient), 2018
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively
Conference special stream: Reconnecting experiences of sexual harassment and workplace violence through intersectionality beyond borders
Tasos Hadjisolomou (Organiser), Dennis Nickson (Organiser), Irma Booyens (Organiser), Thomas Baum (Organiser) & Pratima Sambajee (Organiser)21 Jun 2022 → 24 Jun 2022
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
The impact of Covid-19 on employment experiences in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector
Tasos Hadjisolomou (Recipient), Irma Booyens (Contributor), Dennis Nickson (Chair) & Thomas Baum (Contributor)13 May 2021
Activity: Public Engagement and Other Activities › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation