The GLTRG committee seeks to promote tourism and leisure research through engaging stakeholders and driving progressive research agendas.


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Dr Jo-Anne Lester (Brighton), Chair

Dr Jo-Anne Lester is Principal Lecturer in Tourism Studies. Prior to entering education, she gained considerable operational experience in tour operating and on cruise ships.

Her research interests encompass visuality and tourism, the relationship between travel and photography, visual methodologies including the multisensory nature of the visual, and the consumption of tourist space with a particular interest in popular film as visual data. Her PhD investigated the architecture of cruise ships and their uniqueness as spaces of both work and leisure as mediated through popular film.


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Dr Tijana Rakic (Brighton), Secretary

Dr Tijana Rakić is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research projects and publications predominantly lie within the themes of visual research methods; world heritage, tourism and national identity; travel, tourism and art; and representations of places, cultures and identities in promotional materials and popular media. She is currently a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton where she teaches on a range of tourism, events and marketing modules and leads postgraduate courses in tourism, hospitality, events, and sport and international development. 


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Dr Heather Jeffrey (Bedfordshire), Treasurer

Heather joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2016 and lectures on a wide variety of units related to tourism.

Heather recently submitted her PhD thesis which focussed on investigating the relationship between gendered destination representation and social change within the context of Tunisian tourism. Her research interests include post-colonialism, gender, and discourse within the context of tourism.