Tassya is a PhD Researcher at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Inspired by the growing ageing population and its migrant component, her research looks at the intersections of retirement, migration, and tourism with a specific cultural focus on transnational retirees of Thai descent. Methodologically, her work involves qualitative data collected from the United States and Thailand, exploring and comparing different later-life mobility practices, materialities, and experiences. She is particularly interested in the role of family and social ties in place attachments and the travel behaviours of transnational retirees in order to improve their ageing experiences and better cater to their needs and aspirations in later life. Her research project is supervised by Professor Scott Cohen and Professor Allan Williams.
Prior to Surrey, Tassya was a lecturer in Tourism Management at Khon Kaen University International College in Thailand. During her lectureship, she was a visiting researcher at the Service Management and Tourism Division, School of Management, University of Innsbruck as part of the ASEAN European Academic University Network (ASEA-UNINET) co-funded by the Austrian OeAD and Thai Ministry of Education. She also previously worked in corporate communications for the Swiss Market Expansion Services Group, DKSH, and in customer experience marketing for Agoda.com.
In the media
- Mobilities in later life
- Transnational retirees
- Familial and social ties
- Place attachment, home and belonging
- Lifestyle mobilities
- Senior tourism