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Faculty and Staff Profile

Lauren Duffy

Assistant Professor

Office: 294 Lehotsky
Phone: 704-213-2099

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Leisure Behavior
Indiana University Bloonington 2013

M.S. Parks and Recreation Management
University of North Carolina Greensboro 2009

B.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
North Carolina State University 2006

 Courses Taught

PRTM 298, 398, 498 Creative Inquiry in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
PRTM 345 Tourism Management
PRTM 349 Survey of Tourism Sites in the Southeast
PRTM 399 Honors Seminar
PRTM 444 Tour Planning & Operations
PRTM 446 Community Tourism Development
PRTM 447 Perspectives in International Travel
PRTM 840 Tourism Planning
PRTM 910 Special Topics: PRTM Writing Mentorship Program

Courses Taught at Other Institutions: Tourism and Commercial Recreation; Ecotourism: Administration and Management; Sustainable Tourism; Research and Evaluation in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management; Data-based Decision-Making; International Tourism; Community-based Tourism Planning [study abroad]


Her research interests are in tourism planning and development with a particular focus on how power dynamics influence stakeholder participation throughout the tourism planning process, and how if effects the distribution of tourism impacts and resources as a result of tourism development (i.e., better understanding who benefits and who does not from tourism). This interest emerged out of her time spent working for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service where she assisted in the development rural tourism in various communities across the state. From there her work moved to an international context where she has worked in a number of contexts: on a community-based tourism planning project in Ecuador; a tourism plan to economically diverse a coffee plantation in Juayua, El Salvador; in the Dominican Republic where she has examined the differential impacts of tourism development in coastal communities; in Cuba where she has studied the tourism potential of organipónicos (i.e., urban organic farm); and in the Aysén Region of Chile (i.e., Patagonia), where she has examined the development of tourism as it intersects with aquaculture, commercial fishing, and other extractive industries. Master tourism plans, resident attitude surveys, visitor surveys, community mapping utilizing ArcGIS, town hall focus groups and community visioning exercises, feasibility assessments for small businesses, product development, marketing plans, and linkage development, are some examples of the deliverables from the applied projects she has been involved with.

 Research Interests

Gender and tourism
Tourism planning and development (with a particular focus on Latin America)
Power, ideology, and tourism
Social and environmental justice and tourism
Sustainable tourism planning and development
Critical pedagogy, critical thinking, transformative learning, service-learning, and international education in travel and tourism

 Research Publications

Stone, G., Duffy, L. N., Holland, H., & Bowers, E. (in press, 2017). Youth and the transformative experience of travel: a case study of an international service project. Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Stone, G., Duffy, L. N., Pinckney, H., & Templeton-Bradley, R. (2017). Critical Thinking in the Field of Travel and Tourism: A Case Study Approach using the California Critical Thinking Skills Test. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 1 – 18.

Duffy, L. N., Kline, C.S., Swanson, J., Best, M., & McKinnon, H. (2016). An application of community capitals framework to urban organic farming in Cuba. Journal of Ecotourism online first, doi: 10.1080/14724049.2016.1218498. (Special Issue The Future We Want: Effecting Positive Change through Ecotourism)

Duffy, L.N. & Kim, G. (in press, 2016). Addressing power: Dispersion of tourism impacts in integrated tourism. Invited book chapter in Linking Urban and Rural Tourism: Strategies in Sustainability.

Kline, C., Duffy, L., & Clark, D. (in press, 2016). Resident and tourist perception of people, towns and amenities in fringe settings. Invited book chapter in Linking Urban and Rural Tourism: Strategies in Sustainability.

Powell, G.M., Duffy, L.N, Stone, G. Pinckney, H.P., Tucker, T. & Cathey, J. (2016). Triple Gain: Practical ideas for maximizing connections between students, faculty, and professionals. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. 31 (2) 56-67.

Duffy, L. N., Stone, G., Chancellor, H.C., Kline, C. S. (2016). Tourism development in the Dominican Republic: An examination of the economic impact to coastal households. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 16 (1), 35 – 49. doi: 10.1177/1467358415613118.

Powell, G, Kuzminykh, Z., Duffy, L. (2016) Critical Thinking in Action: Youth Camp Gives Natural Focus for Choices. Vestnik of Volga State. 1(19)16-22.

Duffy, L. N. & Zablah, F. E. (2016). El Salvador. In H. Xaio & J. Jafari (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Tourism, London: Springer.

Duffy, L. N., Kline, C., Mowatt, R.A., & Chancellor, H.C. (2015). Women in tourism: Shifting gender ideology in the DR. Annals of Tourism Research, 52, 72-86. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2015.02.017.

Shakona, M., Backman, K., Backman, S., Norman, W., Luo, Y., & Duffy, L. (2015). Understanding the traveling behavior of Muslims in the United States. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 9 (1), 22-35.

Cardenas, D. A., Byrd, E.T., & Duffy, L. N. (2015). An exploratory study of stakeholder understanding and sustainable tourism development principles. Tourism and Hospitality Research. doi: 10.1177/1467358415580359

Stone, G. & Duffy, L.N. (2015). Transformative Learning Theory: A Systematic Review of Travel and Tourism Scholarship. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 21, pp. 1- 21. DOI: 10.1080/15313220.2015.1059305.

Duffy, L.N. (2015). Demonstration Effect. In C. Cater, & B. Garrod (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Tourism, Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishers.

Duffy, L.N. (2015). Educational Tourism. In C. Cater, & B. Garrod (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Tourism, Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishers.

Duffy, L.N. (2015). Participatory Action Research. In C. Cater, & B. Garrod (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Tourism, Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishers.

Duffy, L.N., Mowatt, R. A., Fuchs, M., & Salisbury, M. (2014). Making diversity tangible: Assessing the role of service-learning in teaching diversity and social justice. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 5(2), 54-75.

Duffy, L.N. & Overholt, J.R (2013). Seeking Authenticity: Re-conceptualizing Adventure Tourism. Illuminare: A Student Journal in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies, 11(1), pp. 45-59.

Duffy, L.N., Mowatt, R.A., Chancellor, H.C., & Cardenas, D.A. (2012). Machismo-Marianismo and the involvement of women in a community-based tourism project in Ecuador, South America. Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 17(6), pp. 791-803. DOI: 10.3727/108354212X13531051127384

Kline, C., Cardenas, D., Duffy, L.N., & Swanson, J. (2011). Funding sustainable paddle trail development: paddler perspectives, willingness to pay and management implications. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. iFirst, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2011.603425.

Duffy, L. N. (2009) Study abroad students’ understanding and knowledge of sustainable tourism practices. UMI Dissertation Services (Unpublished master’s thesis), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.

Byrd, E.T., Duffy, L.N., & Gladwell, N.G. (2008). Ecotourism in Rural America. Encyclopedia of Rural America, 2nd edition (pp 966-1000), Millerton, NY: Gray House Publishing.

 Honors and Awards

Clemson Critical Thinking Faculty (CT2) 2015 - 2017