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Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's) Faculty | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate School Admissions

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Faculty

  • *1 M: Master's Thesis Advising, D: Doctoral Dissertation Advising
  • *2 Please note that seminar courses may not be offered every year.

Current as of May 25, 2021

Divisions
BUI Thanh Huong
BUI Thanh Huong
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree MA, Griffith University
MBA, Waseda University
PhD, Griffith University
Divisions Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Research Field Human Geography, Tourism Psychology, Tourism Development and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Tourism Management

Professor Bui completed her master’s in Tourism Management and International Management before completing her Ph.D. at Griffith University in Australia. Her current academic societies include the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies and the Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS). Professor Bui’s research fields are Heritage Tourism, Human Geography, Social Psychology and Southeast Asian studies.
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GHOTBI Nader
GHOTBI Nader
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD in Modern Economics, Kyoto University
Research Field Applied Health Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science

Professor Ghotbi received his MD from Tehran University in 1992 before coming to Kyoto University for his Ph.D. in Modern Economics. He is a member of the Asian Bioethics Association as well as a member of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies and is also a member of the editorial board for its journal. His current research fields are Applied Heath Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science.
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IGUCHI Yufu
IGUCHI Yufu
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M D
Degree Ph.D. (Area Studies), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Southeast Asian Studies (Malaysian Studies), Intellectual History

Professor Iguchi currently teaches under the Society and Culture division. She received her Ph.D. in Area Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Her current research field is Area Studies and the History of Thought. She is involved in the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies as well as the Malaysian Social Science Association.
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KASEDA Yoshinori
KASEDA Yoshinori
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. in Political Science, Northern Illinois University
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field International Politics, International Security, Asia and North Korea Relations

Professor Kaseda received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. His current research fields are Japanese Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and International Politics with a regional focus on East Asia. He has written extensively on Japan’s foreign policy toward North Korea, South Korea, China and the United States.
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KIKKAWA Takuro
KIKKAWA Takuro
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M D
Degree Ph.D. (International Relations), Ritsumeikan University
Divisions International Public Administration (IPA)
Research Field Comparative Politics, Area Studies

Professor Kikkawa received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. He instructs under the International Public Administration (IPA) division and his current research fields are Politics and Area Studies. He is currently a member of the International Studies Association, the Japan Association for Middle East Studies and the Japan Association for Comparative Politics. He has written multiple books and research papers on the middle east; chiefly in regards to politics, security and social movements.
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KIM Chan Hoe
KIM Chan Hoe
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. (Literature), Ritsumeikan University
Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Folklore Studies and Japanese Literature
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KIM Sangho
KIM Sangho
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree BA in Economics, Sogang University
MA in Economics, Sogang University
Ph.D in Economics, Michigan State University
Divisions Development Economics (DE)
Research Field Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Applied Economics, Economic Policy

He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1990. His research interests are economic development, international trade, and productivity. His work has been published in Contemporary Economic Policy, Review of Development Economics, Asian Economic Journal, and many other PRJs. Research projects include those conducted with international organizations such as ADB, APEC, and MPC. Prior to his appointment at APU in 2012, he worked at Honam University in Korea. He currently sits on the editorial board of several academic journals in Korea, including International Economics Studies, Economics Studies, and Journal of Market Economy.
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KIMURA Rikio
KIMURA Rikio
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Bachelor in Social Sciences, Mie University
Master of Science, Michigan State University
Master of Arts, Regent University
Doctor of Education, University of Sussex
Divisions International Public Administration (IPA)
Research Field Social Welfare Studies (Community Development, NGO, Social Enterprise), Area Studies (Cambodia), Pedagogy (Adult Education)
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KUBO Takayuki
KUBO Takayuki
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree PhD (Economics), Chuo University
Divisions Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Research Field Urban and Regional Economics, Urban and Regional Policies, Urban and Regional Planning
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LI Yan
LI Yan
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Doctor of Engineering, Kyoto University
Master of Science, East China Normal University
Bachelor of Science, Nanjing University
Divisions Sustainability Science (SS)
Research Field Environmental Policy, City Planning, Regional Planning, Traffic Engineering, Social System Engineering

Professor Li received her Bachelor’s degree in City Planning from Nanjing University and Master of Science in Urban Geography from East China Normal University before obtaining her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University. She served as an assistant in the Engineering Department of Ritsumeikan University before working at Fukuyama Consultants Co., Ltd. as a researcher; she has been at APU since 2000. She teaches under the Sustainability Science division. Her current research fields are Environmental Policy, City Planning, and Traffic Engineering. She currently is a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, the City Planning Institute of Japan and the GIS Association of Japan.
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MANTELLO Peter A.
MANTELLO Peter A.
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree M.F.A. Master of Fine Arts, Media Arts, Concordia University
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production, Concordia University
B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies, Carleton University
Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Surveillance, Predictive Policing, Videogame Theory, Conflict and Media, Politics and the Cyber Realm

He received a master of fine arts from Concordia University and is currently enrolled as a Phd candidate at Aristotle University in Greece. He is an award-winning and internationally recognized photographer, filmmaker and game designer. His films and photography have been exhibited in museums and exhibitions around the world. He is the recipient of several major grants from the Japanese government and over a dozen artistic grants from the Canadian government. His academic research focuses on the intersection between media, surveillance and conflict. He has published in major peer-review journals such as Media, War and Conflict (Sage), Big Data and Society (Sage), Australian Journal of International Affairs (Taylor& Francis) and American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
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MEIRMANOV Serik
MEIRMANOV Serik
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), Nagasaki University Medical School
Research Field General Life Science, Social Psychology, Human Genetics, Human Pathology, Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science

Professor Meirmanov received his Ph.D in Medical Sciences from the Nagasaki University Medical School. His research fields are General Life Science, Social Psychology, Human Genetics, Human Pathology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science. Before coming to APU, Professor Meirmanov was an assistant professor at Nagasaki Medical School. He is licensed for General Surgery as well as a Medical Doctor. He has written a plethora of research papers as well as a few books.
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NATSUDA Kaoru
NATSUDA Kaoru
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D in Economics, The University of Sydney
MA in International Development Studies, The University of Bradford
Divisions Development Economics (DE)
Research Field International Development Studies, International Political Economy, Economic Policy, Industrial Development, Rural and Community Development, Automotive Industry, Apparel Industry

He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia and a master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Bradford, UK. He was a vising scholar at Institute of East Asian Studies, Charles University in Prague in 2015-2016. His research interests are the political economy and economic development in Asia and Eastern Europe. His work has been published in Review of International Political Economy, European Journal of Development Research, Global Networks, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, and other PRJs. He serves on the senior associate editor for PSU Research Review (Emerald Publishing) and the editorial board for International Journal of Development Issues (Emerald Publishing). Prior to his appointment at APU, he worked for Ernst & Young as an International Consultant and for Hitachi Metals as a Production Controller.
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OTSUKA Kozo
OTSUKA Kozo
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. (School of Economics), University of Sydney
Divisions Development Economics (DE)
Research Field Applied Economics, Innovation and Productivity

He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Sydney in 2011. His research interests are endogenous growth theory and empirical analysis of innovation and technology, with a special interest in analysing knowledge spillovers, utilising patent statistics. In recent years, he has been part of a project analysing the automotive industry in South East Asian economies. His work has been published in Applied Economics Letters, Singapore Economic Review, Asian Economic Journal, and other PRJs. Prior to his appointment at APU, he was a lecturer in the College of Economics at Ritsumeikan University.
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PISHVA Davar
PISHVA Davar
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. in System Engineering, Mie University
Master of Science, Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Science, University of the Philippines
Divisions Sustainability Science (SS)
Research Field Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), Simulation and Modeling (SaM), Decision Science (DS)

Professor Pishva received his Ph.D. degree in System Engineering from Mie University, Japan. He has been serving APU since 2007 and currently teaches under the Sustainability Science division. His recent teaching focus includes Technology Management, Environmental Modeling and Analysis, Structured Decision Making, and Geographic Information System. The focus of his recent research includes Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), Simulation and Modeling (SaM), Decision Science (DS) and Information Security (IS). He has recently published a number of articles, book chapters and international patents. He has also been active in numerous academic societies and has been serving IEEE as a Senior Member for more than a decade now.
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PROGLER Joseph
PROGLER Joseph
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. in American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.Phil. in Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. in Secondary Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Guitar, Concordia College
Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Cinema (Science Fiction, Docudrama, Literary Adaptation), Education (Multiculturalism, Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy), Music (Ethnomusicology, Jazz Studies, Performance Practice), Religion (Local-global Dynamics, Environmental Ethics, Pilgrimage)

Professor Progler holds the PhD in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He worked as an assistant professor of Social Studies in the College of Education at Brooklyn College in the City University of New York and then at Zayed University in Dubai as an associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. He joined the APU faculty as a full professor in 2007, and teaches in the Culture, Society and Media cluster in the College of Asia Pacific Studies. His current research interests are in Cinema, Education, Music and Religion.
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ROSE John A.
ROSE John A.
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Memphis
Master of Science, Memphis State University
Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes College
Research Field DNA Nanotechnology, Nanobioscience, Biomolecular Computing, Soft Computing, Bioinformatics

Professor Rose received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis. Before coming to APU, he worked at the University of Tokyo as a research fellow and lecturer. His current research fields are DNA Micro & Nanotechnology, Soft Computing, and Software Engineering. He is currently a member of the IEEE academic society (since early 2007).
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SATO Yoichiro
SATO Yoichiro
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Hawaii
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field Politics, International Relations

Professor Sato graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Ph.D. in Political Science. At APU, he teaches under the International Relations Division, and his research fields are Politics and International Relations. Professor Sato has authored many books and papers, most of which focus on the Indo-Pacific
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SUDO Tomonori
SUDO Tomonori
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D in International Studies, Waseda University
Divisions International Public Administration (IPA)
Research Field Environmental and Climate Policy, Resource/Environment/Climate Economics, Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy

Professor Sudo graduated from Osaka University before attending the University of London for his masters. In 2008, he graduated from Waseda University with a Ph.D. in International Studies. Professor Sudo worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a Senior Research Fellow and as a Visiting Scholar. He was also a part-time lecturer for the Graduate School of Aoyama Gakuin University before coming to APU. Currently, he is the Division Head of the International Public Administration division.
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SUZUKI Yasushi
SUZUKI Yasushi
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD in Economics, University of London
LLM in International Economic Law, Birkbeck, University of London
MSc (with Distinction) in Economics with reference to South Asia, SOAS, University of London
B.A. in Political Science, Waseda University
Divisions International Public Administration (IPA)
Research Field Fiscal Studies/Finance Theory, Theoretical Economics, Institutional Economics, Political Economy

He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from University of London, SOAS in 2009, LLM in International Economic Law from University of London, Birkbeck in 2011 and Msc (distinction) in Economics with reference to South Asia from University of London, SOAS in 1999, respectively. His research interests are the institutional political economy of financial development, comparative financial systems, and economic philosophy. His work has been published in Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Journal of Comparative Asian Development and Journal of Global Ethics, International Journal of Islamic Finance and Business Management, and many other PRJs. He has been a co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Financial Service Management on the Future of Islamic Banking. Prior to his appointment at APU, he worked for the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB) including assignments as Vice President for customer relations at LTCB Central Asia in Indonesia, Vice President for loan syndication at LTCB Singapore Branch, and Deputy General Manager for loan syndication at LTCB New York Branch.
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TAHARA Hiroki
TAHARA Hiroki
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. (Social and Cultural Studies), Nihon University
Research Field Vietnamese and Language Education

Professor Tahara graduated from Nihon University with his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies. His research fields are Vietnamese and Language Education.
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TODOROKI Hiroshi
TODOROKI Hiroshi
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. (Geography), Seoul National University
Divisions Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Research Field Geography, Area Studies, Human Geography

Professor Todoroki graduated with his Ph.D. in Geography from Seoul National University. He currently teaches under Tourism and Hospitality, while his current research field is Geography, Area Studies, and Human Geography.
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VAFADARI M. Kazem
VAFADARI M. Kazem
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. (Asia Pacific Studies), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
MA, Theoretical Economics
Divisions Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Research Field Cultural Heritage Management, Ecotourism, Agriculture Heritage Tourism, Community Based Tourism and Rural Tourism

Tourism destinations vary greatly from urban to rural settings and from artificial structures to remote locations in nature. This diversity results in demand for knowledge in various subfields of tourism and related skills. Such subfields include natural environment studies, human resource management, economics, and socio-cultural issues, knowledge of which assists our graduates in contributing to sustainable tourist destinations based on available resources. Today, tourism and hospitality are among the top grossing global industries, and attract individuals from both academia and the business world in order to manage the tourism industry and its socio-cultural, economic, and environmental impacts.”
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YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. in Economics, University of Rochester
Divisions Development Economics (DE)
Research Field Development Economics, Textile Industry, Bangladeshi Economy, Health and Development, Disability and Development

Professor Yamagata was a researcher of the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan, from 1988-2018 and was a visiting research fellow of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies from 2000-2001. He has also been engaged in the evaluation of Japan's ODA on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as a chief evaluator eight times since 2006. In addition, he was an Affiliate Member of the Science Council of Japan from 2008-2014. Now, while teaching Development Economics and Development Studies at APU, he is serving for the Japan Society for International Development as its president (-2020).
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YAMASHITA Hiromi
YAMASHITA Hiromi
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M D
Degree Ph.D. Univesity of Birmingham
Divisions Sustainability Science (SS)
Research Field Environmental Risk Communication, Coastal Wetland Restoration and Decision Making, Education for Sustainable Development
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YOSHIDA Kaori
YOSHIDA Kaori
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Master of Arts, University of Calgary
Master of Education, Fukuoka University of Education
Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Media Studies (Representation Politics: Gender, Ethnicity, Nation), Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Comparative Culture Studies
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YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka
YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD in International Relations, Australian National University
MA in International Relations, Warwick University
LL.B., Kyushu University
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field International Relations, International Political Economy, Regional Studies (East Asia)
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YOTSUMOTO Yukio
YOTSUMOTO Yukio
Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Kentucky
Divisions Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Research Field Sociology, Tourism
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HASUDA Takashi
HASUDA Takashi
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD (Asian History), Osaka University
Research Field History of Pre-modern Southeast Asia
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HEO Emilia S.
HEO Emilia S.
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD (International Relations), The Graduate Institute Geneva
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field International Relations and Global Studies, Peace and Reconciliation, Diplomatic History, International Organization, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
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JONES Thomas Edward
JONES Thomas Edward
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree PhD (Agriculture), University of Tokyo
Divisions Sustainability Science (SS)
Research Field Environmental Policy, Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, Regional Development
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KOJIMA Shinji
KOJIMA Shinji
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Divisions Society and Culture (SC)
Research Field Social Inequality and Stratification, Globalization, Sociology of Work, Social Movements
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ROTHMAN Steven B.
ROTHMAN Steven B.
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M, D
Degree Bachelor of Arts, University of Delaware
Master of Science, University of Oregon
Ph.d., University of Oregon
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field International Relations Theory, International Policy Making, International Environmental Policy, Subject Pedagogy

Professor Rothman received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He works under the International Relations division. His current research fields are International Relations, International Policy Making, International Environmental Policy Subject Pedagogy. Hehas published articles on soft power, decision making, research methodology, and pedagogy. He recently co-edited a book on geo-strategy in the Asia Pacific.
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VYAS Utpal
VYAS Utpal
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree LLB, (Law) University of Birmingham
MSc, (East Asian Political Economy), University of Sheffield
Ph.D (International Relations) University of Sheffield
Divisions International Relations (IR)
Research Field Political Economy and International Relations of Japan and China, East Asian Regional Politics, European Politics

Professor Vyas received his PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include political economy and international relations of Japan and China as well as regional issues in Asia and Europe. He has authored or edited several books, chapters and articles on these topics. He teaches in the International Relations division at APU.
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YAMAURA Koichi
YAMAURA Koichi
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree PhD (Economics), Kansas State University
Divisions Development Economics (DE)
Research Field Food and Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics

Professor Yamaura is currently researching consumer behavior e.g., analyzing consumer preferences toward foods and country-of-origin after the Great East Japan Earthquake using surveys. He is also looking at food system analysis, e.g., estimating market power on food systems under various conditions, and socio-economic analysis, e.g., assessing the indirect socio-economic impacts of global warming.
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YOUN Seung Ho
YOUN Seung Ho
Associate Professor
Graduate Advising *1 M
Degree PhD (Psychology), University of Surrey
Research Field Tourism Management, Tourism Behavior and Psychology, Tourism/Destination Marketing, Cultural Tourism
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