Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli

Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli


I obtained by PhD from Lancaster University and then, after holding temporary lecturing and research posts at Lancaster and the University of Central Lancashire, I became a permanent Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent from 2004 to 2007. I joined the University of Leeds in September 2007 before being promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.


  • Director of BA Hons Sociology

Research interests

My research draws inspiration from many disciplines to hybridise sociological theory and practice. In my early career I focused on cultures of migration and nationalism in Europe, as well as popular representations of race, ethnicity and gender in international contexts.

This was also followed by investigations of intersections of media and tourism (‘cinematic tourism’) and the ways these trigger socio-cultural change (or not), as well as the ways the local survives in global cultural spaces (or not); the governmentality of art; the marketization of memory in new knowledge economies; and the role of mythology in cultural politics. Moving from questions of nation-building and migration to audio-visual forms of travel and digital tourist environments allowed for more synthetic explorations of collective imaginaries – both synchronically and diachronically.

I framed my research around challenges posed by cultural globalisation and theories of human and non-human movements in the new mobilities paradigm. I work at the cutting-edge end of interdisciplinary analysis, with an emphasis on socio-cultural transformations; how these are reflected in popular cultural domains; and how their mythologization informs different cultural contexts.

A major theme in my recent research has been the examination of differences, similarities and disjunctions between lay and professional (e.g. cultural industrial) modes of production of atmospheres in contexts of tourist and mega-event development. Using phenomenology, ecoaesthetics and theories of hospitality, I address how globally mobile professionals (artists and policy-makers) contribute to the development and/or production of culture and location, as well as how their contribution is received or rejected by localities, nation-states and global activist networks. Such conflicts also inform my broader theoretical interest in cultures of fundamentalism manifested in the ways different academic constituencies study global patterns of consumption and popular culture, especially currently with regards to discourses of tourismophobia and overtourism.

An extensive list of my research interests is provided on academia.edu and ResearchGate and a full list of publications can be found on the White Rose database and my Mediasite.

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  • PhD in History, Lancaster University
  • MA in Historical Research, Lancaster University
  • BA Hons in Histoiry, Archaeology & Anthropology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • PGCHE/CILTHE, Stage I, Lancaster University
  • PGCHE/CILTHE, Stage II, University of Kent

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association

Student education

I contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Sociology. I sit in various committees, including the STSEC and the Student-Staff Forum.

Current postgraduate researchers

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