My curiosity in geography was renewed when I met the wonderful late Professor Steve Watson. Steve reintroduced me to a geographical world by mentoring and supervising my application and award for a doctoral research scholarship at York St John University. Steve changed the course of my life in 2015, as he did many others, and it is thanks to him I am now a full-time academic working a York St John University

I am a cultural geographer specialising in tourism, heritage and adventure in the context of gender, policy, sustainability and social justice.  My work is interdisciplinary and currently explores the gendered nature of adventure tourism and is researching the affective and intersectional experiences of contemporary and historical adventurers, such as Japanese Mountaineer Junko Tabei.  I am co-editing two volumes concerning gender and mountaineering in cultural politics and popular culture. In addition, I am working in the field of heritage tourism and currently researching spatial justice in the city of York to explore post-pandemic policymaking and how this creates inequalities. I lead the Principals in Responsible Management Education (PRME) at York Business School, which aims to embed the UN’s Global Compact within the curriculum, research and partnerships. She is a Fellow of and Treasurer of The Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Regional Studies Association and a member of the Other Everests AHRC Research Network.

I also have professional experience managing cultural regeneration projects in the public sector establishing and leading major venues, festivals, and cultural development programmes. She is a passionate mountaineer and a member of her local mountain rescue team.

Research profile: Jenny Hall @ RAY

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