Marina is a geographer with a background in economics and an interest in development studies applied to tourism. She completed her PhD in 2000 with a thesis on ‘Rural and Farm Tourism: a comparative study of Apulia (Italy) and the West Country (UK)’.
She sees her mission as generating new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing people and changing lives, which is reflected in her research and consultancy interests and expertise.
These include tourism planning and development, niche tourism development and management, rural diversification & tourism, sustainable development approaches (i.e. community-based, responsible, pro-poor tourism), tourism and development in the developing world (especially sub-Saharan Africa), training needs analysis, capacity building & curriculum development, travel philanthropy.