Miss Connie Yim Ming Kwong
Research Postgraudate (PhD)
|Research Postgraudate (PhD) of Department of Geography|
Connie obtained her BSocSc. in Geography (First Class Honours) from the University of Hong Kong. She also completed an MPhil degree in the same university with a thesis titled “Mall as Leisure Space: A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions between Hong Kong Residents and Mainland Visitors in Shopping Malls in Hong Kong”. Before starting her PhD in Durham, she was involved in a research project (Principal Investigator: Dr. J.J. Zhang of the University of Hong Kong) about social impacts of day-tripping and movement of commodities at the Hong Kong-Mainland China border. She was a Student Scholar (2015-2018) of the Ustinov College Global Citizenship Programme.
Current Research: Navigating with East Asian Volunteer Tourists - Moral Landscape, Community, Transformation
This research aims to re-conceptualise volunteer tourism through wider theoretical questions and analytical approach in order to contribute to developing a more holistic theoretical framework for understanding volunteer tourism. This research is premised primarily on the question: ‘why do individuals travel as volunteers?’ Focusing on volunteer tourists from Hong Kong and Taiwan travelling to Cambodia, it seeks to unpack how volunteer tourism becomes a social trend. This study also offers a ‘post-normative’ analytical framework to understand how a good self is cultivated, experienced and re-invented through volunteer tourism. It further responds to the urge for ‘Asianising the field’ through more research of the emerging phenomenon of Asian tourists/tourism within Asia.