Director’s blog – around the world in 3 conferences

Director’s blog – around the world in 3 conferences

Stroma Cole reports from her recent travels. If it seems like I‘ve been quiet for a while it’s because I’ve been busy! As part of my academic role I attended the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Washington D.C., where I presented my work on gender, tourism and water. This extended the work already published (Cole, S. 2017 Water worries: An intersectional feminist political ecology of tourism and water in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, in Annals of Tourism Research.)…

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The Route to Freedom goes through the Quilombos

The Route to Freedom goes through the Quilombos

The following article is a contribution by our associate Elisa Spampinato and tells of her experience along the Rota da Liberdade in Brazil. To read the full-length account, please visit Elisa’s blog. The Rota da Liberdade or Route to Freedom Project is a collaborative and participative community-based tourism project located in the historical district of Santiago de Iguape, 50km from Salvador, Bahia, north-eastern Brazil. It all started in 2005 with a social project supported by the federal government, called Agente…

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Shelagh Mooney – our newest associate

Shelagh Mooney – our newest associate

Shelagh Mooney lives in New Zealand and is a postgraduate Program Leader at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), where she lectures in organizational behaviour and human resources management. Her industry career began in restaurant operations and culminated in senior executive positions in various hotel groups, including the Savoy Group, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Hilton. Noticing the lack of women and general diversity at these higher levels, Shelagh sought answers in research and began…

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Elisa Spampinato

Elisa Spampinato

Elisa Spampinato has recently joined our network of associates and we are thrilled to welcome her. Elisa is a researcher and consultant based in London, with a varied international background. She studied Anthropology and Sociology at the University La Sapienza in Rome and completed her studies with field research in Brazil, focusing on local governance and experiments in direct democracy. Since 2005 her work has included participation at international seminars and diverse research projects in both Italy and Brazil. Elisa…

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The Entrepreneur – Ioanna’s Story

The Entrepreneur – Ioanna’s Story

With the migrant crisis frequently hitting the news headlines, we often forget the human stories behind the people involved. Migrants often face harsh conditions, such as unemployment. However, there are stories that tell us of people who are able to make the most of a challenging situation and create their own opportunities. The story of Ioanna is such a story. Ioanna is originally from Albania who trained a primary school teacher. After immigrating to Greece she was left unable to…

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Discover Eco-Romania – Laura’s Story

Discover Eco-Romania – Laura’s Story

Written by: Danielle Banfield Some people’s dedication to making tourism more sustainable resembles a passion. Laura Vesa is undeniably one of these devoted individuals. The founding leader of Association of Ecotourism in Romania (A.E.R.), Laura focuses on creating partnerships between nature conservation associations and tourism organisations in Romania. A.E.R. has successfully undertaken several pioneering projects, such as creating a thematic path along the Danube Delta which can be explored by boat, or encouraging locals to explore the Călimani National Park by organising an…

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