ABOUT ME

I am a tourism and cultural geographer with keen interests in outbound Chinese tourism, theme park development in Asia, dark tourism and carceral geographies of refugee camps in Europe and Asia. Based in Sun Yat-sen University's School of Tourism Management since 2019, I am currently seeking to develop studies in gastronomic and heritage tourism in China's Greater Bay Area.

I have published 19 internationally peer-reviewed journal articles, co-edited a book and 11 book chapters on these focal areas.

I am the co-founder of the Heritage Tourism and Education Special Interest Group in the Association of Leisure and Tourism Education and am the Controversies and Discussions Editor for social science-based Hospitality and Society and am on the Editorial Board for three journals which examine the interactions of culture, heritage and tourism: Tourism Culture and Communication, Tourism Critiques, and Journal of Heritage Tourism and the Editorial Review Board of International Journal of Tourism Cities.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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Outbound Chinese Tourism

The travels and experiences of Chinese tourists.

EDUCATION

Theming and Theme Parks in Asia

The processes of theming in everyday life and the role of theme parks in our contemporary lives.

2008-2011

University of Waikato

Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism Management)

Dark tourism, Refugee Camps and Carceral Geographies

Issue of representation and control in spaces of difficult pasts and constrained freedoms.

Heritage, Labour and/in Cultural Tourism

Peoples who work in cultural and tourism tourism.

2002 - 2004

National University of Singapore

Masters of Social Science (Research, Geography)

1999 - 2002

National University of Singapore

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons, Geography)

Google Scholar Citations

Web of Science

Researcher ID: K-6899-2016