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Associate Professor in Tourism and Geography, Hainan University

I am a Researcher in the field of critical tourism currently working as a faculty at the new international joint tourism college in Hainan. My interests include 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 WWOOF programme. 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 at Leeds Beckett University; 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.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Hainan University
  • 2019–2019
    Lecturer, Strathclyde University


  • 2017 
    Waikato University, PhD in Tourism & Communication