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Dr Donna Chambers


Department: Arts

I am an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in how people and places are represented in cultural and heritage tourism (as a form of human mobility), the link between heritage and national identities, gender intersectionality (specifically Black feminist approaches), postcolonialism and decolonisation, visual methods, and in critical and innovative approaches to research. I joined Northumbria University in September 2022 and prior to this I was at the University of Sunderland where I established a cross faculty Interdisciplinary Research Network on Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE).

I was also employed at the Universities of Surrey and Edinburgh Napier.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and prior to entering academia, I spent five years in the Ministry responsible for tourism in Jamaica. I hold Masters degrees in International Relations (University of the West Indies) and Tourism Management (University of Surrey) and a PhD in Tourism Studies (Brunel University). I am an Associate Editor for Annals of Tourism Research, and a Managing Editor for Leisure Studies.  I was also an external member of the Central University Research Ethics Committee of the University of Oxford between 2013-2021. I have published numerous journal articles, books, book chapters and presented at many national and international conferences several as a keynote speaker. I am a passionate advocate for equity, justice, anti-racism and anti-discrimination within the university community and the wider society.

Donna Chambers

Representations of culture and heritage 

Gender intersectionality (with race)

Postcolonialism and decolonisation

Visual and other qualitative methods



  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The future of deaf tourism studies: an interdisciplinary research agenda, Jensen, M., Chambers, D., Wilson, S. 1 May 2023, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Volunteers’ embodied experience at a sport festival, Owen, S., Chambers, D. 18 May 2022, In: Event Management
  • Are we all in this together? Gender intersectionality and sustainable tourism, Chambers, D. 20 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • The construction of intangible cultural heritage: a Foucauldian Critique, Melis, C., Chambers, D. 1 Jul 2021, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Volunteers’ Sense of (Dis)Connection at a Sport Event, Owen, S., Chambers, D. 5 May 2021, In: Leisure Sciences
  • Gender-Based Harassment in Tourism Academia: Organisational Collusion, Coercion and Compliance, Finnear, J., Morgan, N., Chambers, D., Munar, A. 1 Dec 2020, Tourism and Gender-based Violence: Challenging Inequalities, Wallingford, CAB International
  • Reflections on the relationship between gender and race in tourism, Chambers, D. 1 Nov 2020, Tourism in Development: reflective essays, Wallingford, CAB International
  • VW campervan tourists' embodied sonic experiences, Wilson, S., Chambers, D., Johnson, J. 1 May 2019, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • A comparative analysis of tourism policy networks, McLeod, M., Chambers, D., Airey, D. 1 Jan 2018, Tourism Management in warm water island destinations, CABI
  • Critical Considerations on Gender and Tourism: a Postscript, Chambers, D., Rakić, T. 14 Mar 2018, In: Tourism, Culture and Communication

  • Degna Stone Examining visibility and creative expression in African and Asian diaspora arts and heritage in the north of England. Start Date: 13/03/2023
  • Maya Azizan Performances of intangible cultural heritage amongst the Malaysian diaspora in the Northeast of England Start Date: 01/03/2023

  • Tourism PhD
  • International Politics BSc (Hons)
  • Tourism MSc
  • International Politics MSc
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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