After working in tourism and events management in New York City for nearly a decade, Lauren then shifted her life to Asia to pursue her MSc at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she graduated with Distinction. Her career in research began while in Hong Kong, with a focus on how social media have transformed experiences into objects of collectible consumption among younger generations.
At Surrey, Lauren continues in this field of research, looking at the impacts this behaviour has for destinations considered 'Instagrammable', with an intention to build a framework of social sustainability around this phenomenon.
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Research interests include social networking, social influence, consumer behaviour, overtourism, responsible traveller behaviours, sustainable practices, tourist destination selection, millennial and generational travel habits.