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Community development through sustainable tourism, community wellbeing, tourism representations, heritage tourism.
Education: B.A. Thompson Rivers University, Canada; M.A. University of Waterloo, Canada; Ph.D University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Buzinde was an Assistant Professor at Penn State University (RPTM) from July 2007 to July 2012. She joined the School of Community Resources and Development in August of 2012. Her research focuses on two areas: community development through tourism and the politics of tourism representations. Dr. Buzinde’s work on development adopts a grassroots approach and it aims to understand the relationship between community wellbeing and tourism development within marginalized communities. Tourism development has been proposed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as one of the tools through which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be accomplished to enhance wellbeing within South nations. However, questions of enduring interest posed within Dr. Buzinde’s research include: Are the wellbeing indicators, such those evidenced in the MDGs, (mis)aligned with wellbeing indicators articulated by communities in South nations? How does tourism development impact, if at all, the indicators articulated by communities in South nations? What is the cost to society of placing social welfare within a business paradigm and how does this varyingly impact the various generations within a given community? Dr. Buzinde’s work on the politics of tourism representations principally views tourism texts as cultural repositories through which issues of inclusion/exclusion, North/South and core/periphery can be understood. Scholarly explorations on tourism representations are central to our understanding of ways in which tourism is entangled with issues of power, oppression, agency and resistance. Dr. Buzinde has conducted research in the United States, Tanzania and Mexico. Her work has been featured in top tier academic journals within tourism studies and outside the field as well as at national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board of Annals of Tourism Research and she is also a faculty affiliate in the Tourism Lab at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.