Research Output per year
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
Doctor of Science, University of Johannesburg
Master of Social Science, University of the Free State
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Pretoria
Associate Researcher, University of Johannesburg
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Irma Booyens (Recipient), 2008
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)