My primary research focuses on the experiences of female climbers and mountaineers, the constraints they encounter and negotiate when participating and the benefits they gain from these experiences.
Additional projects include an investigation of women’s representation in adventure media, the impact adventure activities have on women’s wellbeing, the social marketing practices of adventure providers and the sustainable behaviours of adventure tourists.
I employ a range of methodologies to study the experiences of adventure participants, including survey research, ethnography and social media research. I also have experience conducting systematic reviews and bibliometric analyses.
I am a committee member of the Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA), an organisation which seeks to bring together academics, adventure professionals and commercial operators. I am also a committee member of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group, which is a group of Sheffield Hallam University research experts with expertise in diverse areas of the outdoor recreation sector. I have recently joined the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Equity Steering Group.
- Doctor of Philosophy, ‘Women’s mountaineering tourism experiences: the constraint negotiation process and benefits of participation’, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
- Post Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
- MSc Tourism Management and Development, Buckinghamshire New University, UK
- BA (Hons) Tourism Studies, Bournemouth University, UK