Hazel Tucker is Associate Professor in Tourism at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and specialises in the area of tourism’s influences on socio-cultural relationships and change.
Originally from the UK, Hazel conducted her PhD research (Social Anthropology, University of Durham, UK) on tourism development in Cappadocia, central Turkey. Since then, Hazel has continued to be engaged in a longitudinal ethnographic study in that region of Turkey, exploring issues concerning gender and women’s involvement in tourism work, host-guest interaction and tourism representations and identity in relation to World Heritage.
Other areas of Hazel’s research and publishing include colonialism/postcolonialism, tours and tour guiding, the social dynamics of commercial hospitality, and emotional and affective dimensions of tourism. She has more recently been engaged in a project on the relationship between tourism and apocalypticism. 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 is engaged in curriculum development at the postgraduate level and teaches courses on tourist culture and research methodologies, as well as leading a Masters level ethnographic field school course in northern Thailand.