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Grace Kamanga

Grace

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Email: Grace dot Kamanga at warwick dot ac dot uk
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Biography

I am a postgraduate research student in the Global Sustainable Development Department, School for Cross-faculty Studies at the University of Warwick. Awarded a Chancellor's International Scholarship by the Doctoral College at the University of Warwick to undertake my research focusing on the nexus between women empowerment and ecotourism in sub-Saharan Africa. I have worked in academia for over 10 years, and currently I am a senior lecturer at Mzuzu University, a public university in Malawi. My responsibilities, among others, include lecturing, research supervision, and leadership.


Academic background

2021

2015 - 2016

  • Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Master of Tourism (MTour)

2007 - 2010

  • Department of Hospitality Management, Mzuzu University, Malawi, Bachelor of Science Hospitality Management.


Supervisors


Research overview

My current research focuses on women empowerment and ecotourism in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Malawi. The study relates to UN development policies specifically Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 (achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls). Women empowerment is believed to be vital for achieving the social, economic, and environmental goals of sustainable development, at the same time, ecotourism is believed to be a tool for achieving the dual aims of conservation and local community development. My current study investigates the extent of women's empowerment through ecotourism and the implications of the same on ecotourism development.


Research interests

  • Sustainable tourism

  • Women empowerment

  • Destination management and marketing

  • Tourism security


Projects

Nexus between women empowerment and ecotourism in sub-Saharan Africa


Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2023- 2024

2016 - Present

  • Mzuzu University, Malawi

2012 - 2015

  • Blantyre International University, Malawi

Funding and awards

2021 - 2025

  • University of Warwick Doctoral College Chancellor’s International Scholarship

2021

  • Mzuzu University Research and Publications Committee (RPC) grant

2015 - 2016

  • World Bank through Mzuzu University Skills Development Project Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand

Other certificates

2021 - 2022

  • Preparing to Teach in Higher Education (PTHE)
  • Sprint Postgraduate Programme
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity

Other roles

Current roles

  • ADC SSLC - Student Rep, APP PGR Route A
  • GSD Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) PGR representative - Research Committee
  • Organising team member for CSWG 2023 - 2024 seminar series

2021-2022

  • GSD PhD Student Ambassador
  • GRP PhD Network - Conference organising team member