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Research interests

Within the broad context of space, place and culture I have a particular interest in the embodied and performative dynamics of human experience and behaviour.  Underpinned by a longstanding interest and intellectual engagement with the ‘architecture’ of space, my focus encompasses the material, virtual and simulate spaces associated with everyday life. For example, the sea and the coast, cruise ships, popular film, photography, art, tourism and leisure.  I am interested in how people engage with, imagine and adapt to such landscapes and spaces.  

Prior to entering academia, I gained considerable industry experience in tour operating and working on cruise ships. This underpins my continued interest in the cruise sector and cruise ships as bounded and transient spaces for work and leisure.

My own PhD investigated the architecture of cruise ship space through the medium of popular film. In so doing it acknowledged the multisensory nature of film and how the liminal realm of film space is experienced in and through the imagination, memory and emotion.

In addition to the above I continue to be interested in the power of discourse generally and specifically, the critical discourse highlighting the consequential socio-cultural impacts of cruise ships and their associated activities on coastal regions and destinations.

 

Core areas of activity, including the areas for PhD supervision are:

 

The visual and visuality

Embodiment and the senses

Architecture and materiality

The coast / seascapes

Maritime heritage

Cruise ships and cruise liners

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Research Output 2003 2017

Mediating the cruise experience

Lester, J-A., 27 Jan 2017, Cruise Ship Tourism. Dowling, R. & Weeden, C. (eds.). Oxfordshire: Cabi Publishing, p. 188-204 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

holiday
purchase
ship
sea
consumption

Lesbians and gay men’s holiday motivations, perceptions and constraints: a case study of cruise vacation choice

Weeden, C., Lester, J-A. & Jarvis, N., 16 Mar 2016, In : Journal of Homosexuality. 63, 8, p. 1068-1085 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
vacation
holiday
purchase
market
technical language

Maps, mapping and materiality: navigating London

Palmer, C. & Lester, J-A., 1 Nov 2013, Mediating the tourist experience : from brochures to virtual encounters. Lester, J-A. & Scarles, C. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 237-254 18 p. (Current developments in the geographies of leisure and tourism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Materiality
Tourism
Tourists
Rock
Trigger

Mediating the tourist experience: from brochures to virtual encounters

Lester, J-A. (ed.) & Scarles, C. (ed.), 1 Nov 2013, Farnham: Ashgate. 286 p. (Current Developments in the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearch

tourist
Tourism
experience
television
communication media

Mediating the tourist experience: from brochures to virtual encounters

Scarles, C. & Lester, J-A., 23 Dec 2013, Mediating the tourist experience: from brochures to virtual encounters. Lester, J-A. & Scarles, C. (eds.). Farnham, UK: Ashgate, p. 1-11 11 p. (Current developments in the geographies of leisure and tourism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Research degree

Navigating uncertainty: Tourists' perceptions of risk in ocean cruising

Clare Weeden (Supervisor), Jo-Anne Lester (Supervisor), Catherine Palmer (Supervisor)
20152019

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree