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Regina Scheyvens

Visiting Professor of Human Geography from Massey University, New Zealand

Sustainable development is a responsibility of every business, government and citizen on this planet

Professional biography
Research interests
Influence beyond the academy
Inspiring passions and concerns
Most significant publications
Hopes for the Visiting Professor Programme

Professional biography
Regina Scheyvens is Professor of Development Studies at Massey University, where she has led this programme since 2007. She is also co-Director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre. She is currently conducting collaborative research which critically examines claims of corporate social responsibility in the tourism and resource extraction fields, based on case studies in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. This research will extend conceptualisation of the private sector's roles in community development. Regina serves on the editorial board of 3 journals; and has been invited to give keynote addresses in the UK, Asia, Australasia and Latin America.

What are your main research interests?
My core research explores the potential for tourism to bring greater benefits to developing countries. Broadly, my research extends across socially and environmentally responsible tourism and pro-poor tourism. This research is advanced by theory and discourse on sustainable livelihoods, international development and empowerment. I am currently conducting collaborative research which critically examines claims of corporate social responsibility in the tourism and resource extraction fields, based on case studies in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

How does your research have influence beyond the academic world? Does this include any roles you have beyond the academy?
I am actively involved in DevNet, the International Development Studies Network of Aotearoa New Zealand – we hold a biennial conference in which academic research is shared with development policy makers and practitioners. I am also on the Development and Relief Committee of Caritas NZ, having input into the policy and programme funding decisions of this NGO.

Is teaching still a significant part of your working life? What particular method or approach would you say characterises your teaching?
I still do a lot of teaching, especially at postgraduate level. I am an advocate of active learning, finding ways to really engage students in the learning process whether face-to-face or using an online environment.

What specific passions or concerns particularly inspire you in your work?
I’m passionate about overcoming injustice, and about identifying strategies by which aid organisations, businesses and communities can make this world a better place. I’m constantly inspired by my students who are now working for various non-governmental agencies or donors and advocating for the human rights and well-being of all people.

Which of your publications would you regard as the most significant and why?
My book, ‘Tourism and Poverty’ (Routledge, 2011) because it shows the multifaceted ways in which the tourism industry can both cause poverty, and help to alleviate poverty. Also my edited book, ‘Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide’ (2014) because it provides useful practical and philosophical advice to postgraduate students planning cross-cultural field research, and helps them to conduct this in an ethical and responsible manner.

What are you particularly hoping to achieve during your time as a Visiting Professor in Gothenburg?
I’m hoping to be able to share my knowledge with colleagues and with students via seminars, teaching opportunities, and casual conversations; I’m also hoping to learn about Swedish approaches to social enterprise and responsible business.

Regina Scheyvens


Would you like to meet Regina and/or have an idea for future cooperation?

Send an email to her contact person at the School:
Robin Biddulph

Or visit her home university website!

Focus areas:

  • International development
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Small island states
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