Louise came to LJMU as a PhD student in 2007 and submitted her thesis in November 2010. She began work as Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management in December 2010. Her PhD focuses on how Liverpudlian identity is performed in relation to the 2008 Capital of Culture award. It considers the lived identities of local people through an ethnographic study. It explores how the event allowed for transformations of identities and for new performances to emerge through a balance of creative improvisation and the constraints of social and cultural norms and stereotypes. The work utilises theory from social anthropology, cultural geography, and performance studies. It questions notions of communities and neighbourhoods and how we perform our sense of belonging to place. Her research interests surround identity performance and leisure activities; community processes and events; cultural heritage and the arts; and, ritual and performance in tourism and events.
Before starting her PhD she worked in the performing arts sector in Manchester supporting emerging artists.
Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management
- PhD: Performing Identities: Liverpool and the Capital of Culture, LJMU (pending)
- MA Arts and Museum Management (dist), University Of Salford (2005)
- BA (Hons) Drama (1st class), University of Manchester (2004)
Courses (Subjects) taught
The Event Professional; Impacts and Development in Tourism; The Event Industry; Tourism, Leisure and Events in Society; Research Methods; Conventions, Meeting and Exhibition Management; Quality Management; Urban Tourism, Heritage and Culture; Contemporary Issues in Events; Dissertation (these are current to 2010-11 curriculum)
Professional and Research Interests
Research interests surround identity performance and leisure activities; community processes and events; cultural heritage and the arts; and, ritual and performance in tourism and events. Also qualitative research approaches including ethnography.