Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)

Save the date! 365 days left for this exciting symposium I am convening on “Tourism and slavery heritage: geographies of cultural productions, cultural memory and commemoration” as part of my NWO Veni project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqDQQAuSDl0 This will be an international symposium exploring the ways in which tourism in its diverse cultural practices and performances transforms and … Continue reading Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)

Premiere of Veni research project edumentary video

Finally, I had the premiere of this short edumentary video that provides an overview of my Veni research project. The video was made in August 2021 but COVID-19 related restrictions meant that we've had to keep postpone the date of the Tourism@WUR event during which I wanted to premiere the video. In the end we … Continue reading Premiere of Veni research project edumentary video

Lift every voice and sing: sound, emotion and affect in the fieldwork encounter

During this past summer I was in Ghana for fieldwork as part of my VENI research project. It was such a rewarding and challenging time in the field. I made copious observational notes and wrote my reflections on a daily basis during this time. However, since returning to the Netherlands and given the hectic start … Continue reading Lift every voice and sing: sound, emotion and affect in the fieldwork encounter

[New paper, Open Access] Tourism and Hospitality Research in the Peripheries: Thematic Focus and a Research Agenda from Ghana

We finally found a home for this manuscript after almost throwing it in the bin at some point. The journey of this manuscript has been perhaps too long and understandably our love in this pet project began to wane. Thanks to my co-author Chris Mensah at Ho Technical University, Ghana for persisting when I wanted … Continue reading [New paper, Open Access] Tourism and Hospitality Research in the Peripheries: Thematic Focus and a Research Agenda from Ghana

“If it must be done, it must be done well..”: my talk at the opening of the academic year at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague.

A week ago on Friday 3 September, I had the honour and privilege of speaking at the opening of the MA programme in Development Studies and the Mundus MA in Public Policy at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, The Netherlands. It was an honour because the ISS is my alma … Continue reading “If it must be done, it must be done well..”: my talk at the opening of the academic year at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague.

Veni project is starting today: Slavery, Heritage and Tourism in the Ghana-Suriname-Netherlands Triangle

Here we are again on this date of 1 April which is fast becoming a memorable and important marker for me in many ways. It has been only two years ago that we made a family relocation from the UK to the Netherlands and I officially started the position of a Lectuer in Cultural Geography … Continue reading Veni project is starting today: Slavery, Heritage and Tourism in the Ghana-Suriname-Netherlands Triangle

30 years of Child Rights in Ghana: Reason to celebrate?

Friday, 20th November 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, a nation-wide coalition of NGOs is calling on the Government of Ghana to make the protection of child rights a priority in 2021and beyond. Thirty years ago, Ghana made a historic commitment by being the … Continue reading 30 years of Child Rights in Ghana: Reason to celebrate?

I have a VENI! 3 year research project funded!

I feel at once ecstatic, jubilant and humbled with a keen sense of my extreme privilege in being awarded the Dutch National Research Council (NWO) Veni grant - being 1 of 162 laurates awarded out of 1,127 applicants. This has been more than a year in the process of thinking and writing long before the … Continue reading I have a VENI! 3 year research project funded!

Sneak Peek – The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa

It feels like ages ago but it was back in February, 2020 that I reported here that we submitted the entire manuscript of the book to the publishers. Since then Marina, Manuel and myself have had to do quite some behind-the-scenes work as co-editors. It has been a great collaborative team work process. The copyeditors … Continue reading Sneak Peek – The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa

Look out, the book proofs are in: Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa

In addtion to the 8 papers of the SI, we have written a new extensive introduction and conclusion chapters. The introductory chapter outlines what we see as the varieties of sustainability conceptualised in tourism policy and planning strategies in different African countries. In the conclusion chapter, we argue for a reconsideration of what sustainability means for tourism policy and planning in sub-Saharan Africa. We then outline a future research agenda that links tourism policy and planning more intimately to the Sustainable Development Goals .