Dr Stroma Cole

Dr Stroma Cole

Stroma is a senior lecturer in international tourism development at the University of the West of England and combines her academic career with action research and consultancy. She has published widely: her latest edited collection examines Tourism and Inequality (2011), while her monograph, Tourism, Culture and Development: Hopes, Dreams and Realities from Eastern Indonesia (2007), explores tourism development in a remote region of eastern Indonesia. In 2011 she designed and delivered income-generation training for the Nymirambo Women’s Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. In 2009 she worked for the UNDP to evaluate its project “Support to Strengthen the Capacity and Role of Civil Society Organisations in the Recovery of Communities in Aceh and Nias”. This involved evaluating the success of a number of projects, including a variety on micro-finance and designed to empower women. Her work has involved capacity assessment of public sector organisations and training-needs assessment of local communities in Mexico, followed by the design and delivery of the training to suit the needs identified. Her  consultancy work dates back to 1994 when she wrote an eco-tourism development plan for Central Java for UNESCO. Prior to her academic and consultancy career, she was the managing director of a tour-operating company specialising in cultural and ecotourism tours to Indonesia. She was on the board of directors of Tourism Concern from 2006 to 2012 and its chair from 2007 to 2011. Email Stroma at stroma@equalityintourism.org.

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