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Miss Connie Yim Ming Kwong

Research Postgraudate (PhD)

BSocSc.(Hons), MPhil

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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.