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Sharon is interested in volunteerism, social media, health, and development, and her current research is on volunteer tourism in Fiji. This expands on her PhD research on the networking of volunteer organisations in Honduras following the 2009 coup. In 2016 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship exploring community perceptions of corporate community development initiatives of mining and tourism multinationals in the Pacific . Linking these research themes is an interest in new and alternative actors in development, and in contemporary development processes and globalisation.
These themes are also represented in her teaching, which focuses on development and inequality, and global citizenship.
My current research is focused on the experiences of volunteer tourists and hosts in Fiji, as well as the discourses and images produced by voluntourism organisations, hosts and volunteers. The aim is critically examine the ways in which voluntourism is shaping development discourses and understandings of global citizenship.
I also have ongoing interests in volunteering for development (particularly medical volunteerism), international health, and information & Communication Technology and social media for Development. In 2016 I completed a post-doctoral fellowship exploring the Corporate Community Development initiatives of multinationals in the Pacific. Linking all of this together is an interest in new actors in development, and in contemporary development processes and globalisation.
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101): Human Geography (160400): Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)
Voluntourism / Volunteer Tourism
ICT and Social Media for Development
Health and Development
Globalisation and Development
Development and Inequaltiy