Albert gained his BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon), then obtained an MA in Heritage Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (Germany), picking up a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management along the way. He then completed his PhD in Tourism at Nottingham Trent University where he also worked as a Lecturer in Tourism and International Business Communication/Environment, before joining the University of Surrey in September 2010.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Director of Postgraduate Research SHTM
- Member of University Ethics Committee
Affiliations and memberships
Business, industry and community links
- University of Sunderland UK: Oct 2015 - Sept 2019
Senior Research Associate
- School of Tourism & Hospitality University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management teams up with UNWTO and the G20 to foster sustainable and inclusive tourism
Backpackers’ perceived risk towards smartphone usage and risk reduction strategies: A mixed methods study
In the media
My research mainly focuses on linkages between entrepreneurship and development. In this regard my research explores issues around development-led, social & women entrepreneurship, stakeholder networks and inclusive development through hospitality & tourism in developing countries. My work has been published in leading journals such as Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Small Business Management, and Journal of Sustainable Tourism among others.
Postgraduate research supervision
Current PhD Supervision
2018 - ongoing: James Ellerby: Investigating the critical factors for achieving success in independent restaurants in the UK. - Principal Supervisor with Prof Andrew Lockwood.
2019 - ongoing: Whitney Smith: Gendered media representations in airline employment. - Co-Supervisor with Prof Scott Cohen.
2019 - Ongoing: Tingyu Liang: The role of gender in the tourism decision making process of Chinese couples. - Co-Supervisor with Prof Gang Li.
2019 - Ongoing: Ikram Nur Muharam: Blockchain based P2P accommodation services in the sharing economy. - Co-Supervisor with Prof Iis Tussyadiah.
2021 - Ongoing: Mohamed Nageh Ibrahim: The antecedents and consequences of tourism enterprises’ support for sustaining heritage tourism destinations: A comparative study between Egypt and UK. - Principal Supervisor with Dr Manuel Alector Ribeiro.
2021 - Ongoing: Prosanjit Shaha: Evaluating the efficacy of tourism social entrepreneurship initiatives in creating social values: A participatory evaluation approach. - Principal Supervisor with Prof Allan Williams.
2015 - 2018: Frederick Dayour: Backpacking and the digital travel economy: Exploring risk perceptions and risk reduction strategies - Principal Supervisor with Dr Sangwon Park
2014 - 2018: Julio Munoz: The Role of the hosts to VFR travellers: An inquiry into the influence of the hosts in the visitors' image and experience of a destination - Principal Supervisor with Prof Marg Deery & Dr Jason Chen.
2015 - 2019: Simon Kimber: The embodied gazes of young Chinese independent travellers and professional hosts: a performance perspective - Co-Supervisor with Prof Scott Cohen.
2016 - 2019: Claudia Eckhardt: An evaluative framework to measure processes and impacts of volunteer tourism - Co-supervisor with Prof Xavier Font.