I am a post-disciplinary social scientist with roots in sociology, social work, geography, development studies, international relations, urban studies and planning. The empirical focus of my research so far has been on the phenomenon of tourism. I focus on the manifestations and implications of tourism in cultural heritage management, it’s role in national economic development policy, it’s function in local economic development and poverty reduction, how it influences governance processes and the avenues it opens for sustainable development and urban planning strategies. My research interests are eclectic and pragmatic as I derive ideas and combine insights from a broad and diverse range of sources.
I completed a BA Sociology and Social Work (minor in Geography & Rural Development) with First Class Honours in 2008 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Between 2008 and 2009, I taught and did research as Teaching and Research Assistant at the Sociology department of the same university. In 2009, I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for an MSc Tourism, Environment and Development programme in the Geography Department at King’s College London, United Kingdom and graduated from this programme with Distinction.
I was subsequently awarded a scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) during 2011 – 2013. Under this programme, I completed an MA Development Studies (Governance and Democracy) at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2012 and then completed an MA International Relations (International Development Policy) programme at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.
In September 2013, I enrolled for a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK fully funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences scholarship. It was during this period that I founded the Tourism Research Network (TouRNet) and yearly TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium series. I completed the PhD and graduated in 2017.
Prior to joining WUR in April 2019, I was an Associate Lecturer in Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University, UK (2015-2016), a Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Lincoln, UK (2016-2017) and most recently a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University, UK (2017-2019).
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My research publications and outputs can be accessed here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=abvhCDEAAAAJ&hl=en