Dr Irma Booyens

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

I am a lecturer in the Work, Employment and Organisation department, mostly on our tourism and hospitality courses. Tourism is one of my key research interests which I have approached from the theoretical frameworks of human geography, development studies, tourism management and innovation studies.

Before joining the Strathclyde Business School, I was a Senior Research Specialist in the Economic Planning and Development unit at the Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town where I worked on a range of projects with policy impact. I also have experience as a tourism and business studies lecturer and as a consultancy researcher.

I am affiliated as an associate researcher with the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the Univeristy of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I held a post-doc position and also completed my PhD.

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Area of Expertise

I understand the research process well and have been involved at all of its stages from conceptualization and proposal writing to research design, supervision; and co-supervision of various projects; collaboration on large national projects/ studies; data collection (primary and secondary), data analysis, synthesis and interpretation; report writing and dissemination.

Futher areas of expertise are:

- Mixed method research

- Project management

- Policy and/ strategy formulation

- National surveys

- Indicator development

Prize And Awards

TWAS/DFG Collaborative Visit Grant
Newton Mobility Grant
NRF researcher rating
Scarce Skills Doctoral Scholarship
Young researcher excellence award
Best student in course work: Masters in Development Studies

More prizes and awards


PhD Geography, University of Johannesburg, 2015

Masters in Development Studies, University of the Free State, 2008

Post-graduate Certificate in Education, University of Pretoria, 2002

B.Com Tourism Management, University of Pretoria, 2000

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Tourism and business studies lecturing and supervision

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Research Interests

My research interests include local and regional economic development and planning; social innovation; innovation measurement; tourism innovation; tourism sustainability; tourism livelihoods, employment and workplace issues; creative industries - employment and spatial perspectives.

Professional Activities

Conference special stream: Reconnecting experiences of sexual harassment and workplace violence through intersectionality beyond borders
The impact of Covid-19 on employment experiences in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector

More professional activities


Confronting customer abuse and harassment during the Covid-19 crisis? Evidence from Scotland’s hospitality industry
Hadjisolomou, Tasos (Principal Investigator) Baum, Thomas (Co-investigator) Booyens, Irma (Co-investigator) Nickson, Dennis (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022

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Dr Irma Booyens
Senior Lecturer
Work, Employment and Organisation

Email: irma.booyens@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 553 6109