My long-standing research interests in – and concurrent ethical commitments to social issues concerning – transnational mobility, citizenship, social solidarity, and health and social care are reflected in my  teaching and supervisory commitments in the fields of critical tourism studies and social and cultural geographies of health, migration and heritage.

My courses

Additional course contributions

Supervision topics

Supervised masters projects

Supervised PhD projects


My courses

Period 1 (Sept.-Oct.)

This course provides an overview of social science approaches that inform theory and practice in the academic study of tourism. The course critically examines key social and philosophical issues that actively shape the production of (tourism) knowledge by looking at a range of epistemological perspectives and their influence on this field of study.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the ways in which broader societal, economic and environmental conditions shape both tourism practices and diverse approaches to knowledge production about tourism

  • Analyse the similarities and differences between diverse approaches to knowledge production about tourism

  • Evaluate the subject-object problem in diverse approaches to knowledge production

  • Analyse how diverse approaches to knowledge production are used in scholarly research to address a specific subject or problem in the field of tourism.

Period 3 (Jan.)

See: this blog entry on what happens in the course

Students learn about and practice key qualitative methods while gaining exposure to how diverse theoretical lenses make use of these methods. The course covers interpretation, representation, and validity; reflexivity and positionality; interviewing; participant observation; data collection for discourse analysis; visual research methods; using other senses in research; participatory action research and co-creation methods; and revisiting ontology with actor-network approaches.

Learning outcomes:

  • Assess the analytical value of different types of methods relative to the student’s own research questions and theoretical framework

  • Identify different types of methods’ particular logistical requirements and challenges

  • Anticipate ethical issues posed by the use of specific research methods

  • Design a data collection methods strategy aligned with the student’s own research questions and theoretical framework


Additional course contributions

With my teaching, I contribute to the following degree programmes at Wageningen University & Research:

In addition to the courses featured above, I also lecture on the following courses:​

I was also involved in the development of the following MOOCs:


Supervision topics

I supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students in the following areas:

  • transnational health and social care practices and governance

  • migrant heritage practices

  • genealogy and recreational genomics

  • disability and accessible tourism

  • foodways and tourism

Might we be a good fit?

See below for examples of supervised thesis projects. If you're a student interested in any of these themes, you're invited to contact me by email (meghann.ormond [@] Please include a brief CV and short project proposal.


Supervised masters projects


The influence of specialized guided holidays on the empowerment of people with mild intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders

Pieternel Cremers

Thesis link:

Due to changes in governmental policy and in paradigms, it has become much more important for people with disabilities to be able to fully participate in Dutch society. There has been research on people with physical disabilities and how to improve their leisure and tourism experiences, but the area of leisure and tourism experiences for people with mild intellectual disabilities (MID) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is one that still needs further exploration. To be able to better serve this group of people and to improve their sense of empowerment should positively influence the position of people with MID and ASD in society, with as result having equal opportunities to other members of society. However, what it is that people with MID and ASD want for themselves, is mostly neglected in all three dominant paradigms of disability studies (defect, development, and citizenship paradigm). Therefore, this study examines how Dutch people with a MID or ASD themselves, instead of experts, professionals or parents telling it on their behalf, experience specialized guided holidays in Europe, and identify how the different elements of their holiday contribute to - and whether elements can be improved to enhance - their sense of empowerment, which will contribute to their equal participation in society.

Supervised masters thesis projects

Chronological list


Supervised PhD projects


Beneficiaries of social projects involving international volunteers in Peru

Trista Lin Chih-Chen

Project link: 

This research project originated from an interest in volunteer tourism in the Global South. Academic research on volunteer tourism has proliferated in recent years. Despite the increasing empirical cases, the approaches adopted and conclusions drawn by these studies are, however, largely fixed. What have often been left out are the realities and contexts of the social projects that serve as the destinations for volunteering and tourism, as well as the multitude of the 'vulnerable' people constituting the beneficiaries of these projects. To contribute to and further extend the discussions, the research focus is on girls and young mothers who are beneficiaries of two social projects found in international volunteering and tourism. The aim is to understand the relation between these social projects and the beneficiaries' everyday living and desires for care and development, with the hope to further answer the roles volunteering and tourism play in their lives.

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