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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer at the Department Work Employment Organisation at the University of Strathclyde Business School. I take a critical approach to tourism studies and I am particularly interested communication aspects within the tourism phenomena. I am particularly interested in volunteer tourism, non-profit tourism, creative methodologies and mountain tourism. My PhD research aimed to examine the social construction of the host-guest experiences in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) programme. I have an interest in creative qualitative tools for data collection and stakeholder engagement. Since 2013 I am a certified LEGO Serious Play facilitator and Ketso practitioner. I have research & consulting experience. In my previous roles, I was a postdoctoral researcher in Dark Tourism project; I spent one semester as pro-bono visiting academic with a Luxembourg Aid and Development Agency in Myanmar. I was working as a lecturer at the Mandalar Degree College in Mandalay and advising the MYA/001 project team on developing the HR capacity in the hospitality and tourism sector in Myanmar. Furthermore, I engaged in community work in New Zealand, in particular focusing on issues of the refugees and their integration into a new society and culture as well as working with youth in a Scout's organisation.

Research Interests

During my doctorate, I focused on the areas of tourism and organisational communication and investigated the relationships of the hosts and guests in a non-commercial farm exchange programme, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Hence volunteer tourism and communication aspects in tourism phenomena are among my interests.

My recent experience as a visiting academic at the University in Myanmar provided me with grounds and empirical material as I was involved in a project led by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and LuxDev development agency focusing on advancing Human Resources Development in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector. Among other topics, I investigate the development of tourism education in place of ongoing turmoil.

My future research interests, therefore, are linked to the Global South and tourism development. One of my emerging interests is mountain tourism. My current research project is linked to understanding travellers motivations, impacts and social issues in high altitude tourism environment on the example of Aconcagua National Park in Argentina.

Expertise & Capabilities

Has expertise in:

  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Management Communication & Intercultural Communication
  • Sustainable Development Work
  • Creative Qualitative Methodologies & Research Methods

Teaching Interests

Previously I taught the following courses in Germany, New Zealand, Nepal, Myanmar and the UK

Course LeaderGuest Lecturer
  • Intercultural Management
  • Tourism & Environment
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Current Issues in Tourism
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • Communication Theory & Research
 Postgraduate: Postgraduate: 
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Research Methods
  • Business Research Methods
  • Management Communication
  • Sustainable Development 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waikato

1 Nov 20127 Jul 2017

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Research Output 2011 2019

Co-creating knowledge in tourism research using the Ketso method

Wengel, Y. & McIntosh, A. J., 24 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Tourism Recreation Research.

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Discourses of volunteer farm tourism in Nepal: a methodological approach to world wide opportunities on organic farms

Wengel, Y., 18 Nov 2018, 1, 1, p. 95-105 11 p.

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