Dr Irma Booyens


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.


Has expertise in:

    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

Prizes and awards

TWAS/DFG Collaborative Visit Grant
NRF researcher rating
Newton Mobility Grant
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


Tourism innovation in the Western Cape, South Africa : evidence from wine tourism
Booyens Irma
New Directions in South African Tourism Geographies (2019) (2019)
Creative tourism : South African township explorations
Booyens Irma, Rogerson Christian M
Tourism Review Vol 74, pp. 256-267 (2019)
Re-creating slum tourism : perspectives from South Africa
Booyens Irma, Rogerson Christian M
Urbani Izziv Vol 30, pp. 52-63 (2019)
Reflections on demonstrating development-oriented innovations in South Africa
Hart Tim GB, Booyens Irma, Fakudze Bhekiwe, Sinyolo Sikhulumile
South African Journal of Science Vol 115, pp. 1-4 (2019)
Innovation in a changing South Africa : extant debates and critical reflections
Booyens Irma, Hart Tim TB
The Geography of South Africa - Contemporary Changes and New Directions (2019) (2019)
Measuring Innovation in Tourism : Issues from the Western Cape Experience
Booyens Irma
Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism and Hospitality Management (2018) (2018)

more publications


Tourism and business studies lecturing and supervision

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.


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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