Hazel joined the Department in January 2000. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham, UK – an ethnographic study of tourism and social change in Goreme, a cultural tourism destination and World Heritage Site in central Turkey. Along with a number of published articles in refereed journals and books, Hazel is author of Living With Tourism: Negotiating Identity in a Turkish Village (Routledge 2003), and co-editor of Tourism and Postcolonialism (Routledge 2004) and Commercial Homes in Tourism (Routledge (2009).
Hazel holds a Visiting Professorship at Napier University, Edinburgh, and is Co-President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 50: International Tourism (2018-22) as well as Associate Member of Equality in Tourism and the Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific Consortium. Hazel serves as an Associate Editor for Annals of Tourism Research and is an editorial board member of 10 other journals. Hazel is also a steering committee member of the University of Otago's Performance of the Real interdisciplinary research theme.
Hazel’s main research objective lies in the advancement of critical interpretative methodologies and theory regarding tourism’s influence on socio-cultural identities, relationships and change. Since her doctoral research, she has continued to track tourism development and change in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey, focusing particularly on entrepreneurial and destination developments, gender and tourism work, heritage representation and tourism and emotion.