Anke joint the University of Surrey as a part-time PhD researcher and ESRC scholar in January 2016, and has since taken up a role as Teaching Fellow in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Previously, Anke worked at NEF Consulting (the consultancy arm of the New Economic Foundation), supporting a diverse range of clients from private, public and third sector organisations on their journey towards a new sustainable economy by developing an understanding of value for money that includes social and environmental outcomes alongside the economic costs and benefits. Key areas of expertise include evaluation & impact assessment, training & capacity building and strategy & culture change.
Anke also managed the innovative 'Total Impact Measurement and Management' (TIMM') project for The Travel Foundation in partnership with PwC, which measured TUI Group's holistic impact in Cyprus. Anke holds a Masters with distinction in Tourism, Environment and Development from King's College London, and has worked in several managerial roles in Travel & Tourism since more than 20 years.
Her PhD Diversifying with dignity: Coastal Tourism Employment in the UK will bring innovative theoretical insights to understanding employment diversification in times of economic pressures and declining natural resources. As economies diversify, there are persistent challenges for new forms of employment to offer genuine alternatives to traditional forms of employment. Utilising dignity as guiding concept, the project will explore how people experience and understand their lives in relation to their work. The research will contribute to the theoretical development of the concept of dignity and will add to the debate around the value of service sector employment. The final output will contribute to enabling policy makers and businesses to manage meaningful livelihood diversifications, which protect and promote dignity, whilst positively affecting efficiency and profitability of destinations and businesses; and ultimately supporting the sustainable regeneration of marginalised areas. The proposed research will use tourism employment in the context of fishing towns in Cornwall as case study, which is expected to develop implications for the service economy and wider employment studies.
University roles and responsibilities
- Academic Misconduct Officer
Livelihood transitions & social change, dignity at work, international development, and sustainability in hospitality & tourism.
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