Dr Alexander Trupp is the new Senior Lecturer at STHM.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) recently welcomed a new staff member, Senior Lecturer, Dr Alexander Trupp who joins the University from Mahidol University, Thailand.
Dr Trupp holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Geography from the University of Vienna, Austria, where he also worked as university assistant and lecturer at the Department of Geography and Regional Research, and as part-time lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
“I am delighted about working at USP and in the South Pacific region. This new position at USP constitutes a move forward in my career and offers refreshing tasks and challenges with regards to teaching and researching in a new regional and academic context,” Dr Trupp said.
He has extensive fieldwork experience in Southeast Asia and Europe and his research is nested in the broad fields of tourism studies and human geography and comprises modes, structures, motivations, and practices of mobilities, especially in Asian and European contexts.
Dr Trupp also added that the multicultural setting of USP and the work it does in terms of connecting different Pacific Island Countries is unique, together with its cosmopolitan approach to teaching and learning.
Head of the STHM Professor Marcus Stephenson acknowledged that the School is enthused that Dr Trupp has joined USP, adding that, “his research credentials are strong and his social science background will be a great asset to our research portfolio, and especially in relation to deconstructing tourism’s relationship with the human environment and the key role of entrepreneurship in tourism, at all levels.”
Dr Trupp’s book titled,‘Migration, Micro-Business and Tourism in Thailand: Highlanders in the City’, published by Routledge, London, will be released in 2017. He is also a former lecturer at the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University.
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