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Hazel Tucker
Associate Professor

Hazel TuckerOffice - Commerce 4.43
Tel 64 3 479 7671
Email hazel.tucker@otago.ac.nz


Hazel has been in the Tourism Department at the University of Otago since January 2000, and holds the position of Head of Department. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham, UK. Hazel's PhD was an ethnographic study of tourism and social change in Goreme, a cultural tourism destination and WHS in central Turkey. This research explored issues concerning host-guest interaction, tourism representations and identity, and community-based tourism and sustainability. Along with a number of published articles in refereed journals and books, Hazel is author of Living With Tourism: Negotiating Identity in a Turkish Village (Routledge 2003), and co-editor of Tourism and Postcolonialism (Routledge 2004) and Commercial Homes in Tourism (Routledge (2009).

Hazel serves as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Center for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University and is a Resource (Coordinator) Editor for Annals of Tourism Research.

Hazel coordinates TOUR 411 (Tourist Culture) and TOUR 417 (Tourism Analysis). She also teaches on courses on interpretation and product enrichment, and tourism and socio-cultural change.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Tucker’s main research objective lies in the advancement of critical knowledge and theory regarding tourism’s influence on socio-cultural relationships and change. Since completing her PhD (Social Anthropology, University of Durham) in 1999, Hazel has continued to be engaged in a longitudinal ethnographic study of Goreme, Turkey, exploring issues concerning the ongoing tourism development, gender, representation and identity, interpretation, ‘host’-‘guest’ interaction and small business development and entrepreneurship.

Other areas of Hazel’s research and publishing have had a New Zealand focus and also include the relationships between tourism and colonialism / postcolonialism, tourist narratives and performances, tours and tour guiding and the social dynamics of commercial hospitality.

Major Works




Tucker, H. 2003. Living With Tourism: Negotiating Identities in a Turkish Village, London: Routledge.       

Hall, M. (C) and Tucker, H. (Eds.), 2004. Tourism and Postcolonialism, London: Routledge.                           

Lynch, P. (C), McIntosh, A., and Tucker, H. (C) (Eds.), 2009. Commercial Homes in Tourism: An International Perspective. London: Routledge.

Selected Recent Publications

Carnegie, E., & Tucker, H. (2013). Interpreting the Shared Past within the World Heritage Site of Goreme, Cappadocia and Turkey. In V. Golding, & W. Modest (Eds.). Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections and Collaboration. (pp. 246-259). Bloomsbury , London.

Tucker, H. & Boonabaana, B. (2012). A critical analysis of tourism, gender and poverty reduction. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20(3), 437-455.

Tucker, H. & Emge, A. (2010). Managing a World Heritage Site: The Case of Cappadocia. Anatolia, 21(1), 41-54.

Tucker, H. (2010). Peasant-Entrepreneurs: A Longitudinal Ethnography. Annals of Tourism Research, 37(4), 927-946.

Tucker, H. and Akama, J. (2009) ‘Tourism as Postcolonialism’, in T. Jamal and M. Robinson (eds.) Handbook of Tourism Studies. Sage Publishing.

Tucker, H. (2009) ‘Discomfort and shame in tourism encounters: recognizing emotion and its postcolonial potentialities’, in Tourism Geographies, Special issue: Worldmakings of tourism, 11(4) November 2009.

Tucker, H. (2009), 'Negotiating Gender Relations and Identity between Locals and Tourists in Turkey: Romantic Developments', pp. 305-327 in S. B. Gmelch (ed.) Tourists and Tourism: A Reader, 2nd ed, Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Tucker, H. (2009), 'The Cave Homes of Goreme - Performing Tourism Hospitality in Gendered Space', pp. 127-137 in P. Lynch, A. McIntoch & H. Tucker (eds.) Commercial Homes in Tourism: An International Perspective, Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Shelton, E.J. and Tucker, H. (2008) ‘Managed to be Wild: Species Recovery, island restoration and nature-based tourism in New Zealand, in Tourism Review International, Special Issue: Zoos, Aquaria and Tourism, Vol. 11 pp. 205-212.

Tucker, H. (2007) ‘Undoing Shame: Tourism and Women’s Work in Turkey’, in Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Vol. 5. No. 2, pp. 87-105.

Tucker, H. (2007)Performing a Young Person’s Package Tour of New Zealand: Negotiating Appropriate Performances of Place’, in Tourism Geographies, Vol. 9. No. 2, pp. 139-159.

Mottiar, Z. and Tucker, H. (2007) ‘Webs of Power: Multiple ownership in tourism destinations’, in Current Issues in Tourism, Vol. 10. No. 4, pp. 279-295.


PhD and Masters Supervision - Current

PhD   Jundan (Jasmine) Zhang. Dualistic conundrums in ethnic tourism: The role of the ecological thought.
PhD   Neil Walsh. The relationship between Backpacking, Guidebooks and Practice.
PhD   Donna Keen. Rural Tourism and the High Country of New Zealand.
PhD   Alyse Foster. Dark Tourism: Guiding Performances and Emotion.
PhD   Adam Doering. Negotiating 'Home' in Rural Japan.
PhD   Fateme Etemaddar. Mobility, Gender and Culture.
PhD   Kelly Whitney-Squire. The Role of Language in Sustainable Community-based Aboriginal Tourism Development.
PhD  Fiona Bakas. Handicraft Tourism, Gender and Sustainability.

PhD and Masters Supervision - Completed

PhD   Eric Shelton. Expedition cruising in Solander: An application of ecology without nature (2012).
PhD   Brenda Boonabaana. Community-based tourism development and gender relations in Uganda (2012).
PhD   Maria Amoamo. Decolonising Māori Tourism: "Representation and Identity" (2008).
PhD   Maurice Kane. New Zealand's Adventure Culture: In Hillary's Steps (2008).
PhD   Dirk Reiser. Connecting and Changing Places: Globalisation and Tourism Mobility on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand (2008).
PhD   Gregory Szarycz. Cruising with Containers: A Qualitative Investigation of the Lived Experience of Passenger Freighter Travel (2007).
PhD   N. Smith. ‘Student Experiences of Tourism Education..’
PhD   Michael Lueck. Environmental Values and On-Site Experiences of Tourists on Wildlife Watch Tours in New Zealand: A Study of Visitors Watching and/or Swimming With Dolphins. (2003).

Masters   Adam Doering. "Don't Just Visit It. Live It!" A Descriptive Study of Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Participants' Experiences in Miyazaki Prefecture (2007).
Masters   Maurice Kane. Adventure Tourism: The Freedom to Play with Reality (2003).
Masters   Jennifer Johnson. Exploring Experiences of Authenticity at Heritage Tourist Sites in New Zealand (2003).
Masters   Shiva Sharan Thapa., Monitoring and Evaluation of Community-Based Tourism Projects in Nepal (2003).
Masters    Duncan Cambray. Literary Myths of New Zealand: A Comparative Analysis of German Travel Journals on New Zealand, 1777-1889 and 1995-2000 (2002).
Masters   S. Sikha. ‘Pilgrimmage tourism at a religious site in India’

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