About Agnieszka Rydzik
Agnieszka joined the University of Lincoln in January 2013. Prior to this, she was at the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she obtained her PhD. In her interdisciplinary doctoral study, underpinned by visual and participatory methodologies, she explored the employment experiences, trajectories and identities of Central and Eastern European female migrants working in tourism.
Agnieszka’s research focuses on four key areas:
1. Tourism employment
Agnieszka examines tourism employment from the worker perspective. In her doctoral study, she explored tourism working environments from the perspective of migrant women. The intersection between labour migration (in particular post-2004 migration from Central and Eastern European countries), tourism employment and media discourse is of particular interest. In 2014, Agnieszka secured funding through the University’s Fund for Educational Development (FED) to involve a group of 3rd year undergraduate students as research assistants in the exploration of employment experiences of part-time tourism workers.
2. Working lives of women: gender, ethnicity and employment
Following her doctoral study, Agnieszka continues researching women’s employment experiences. She is particularly interested in employment trajectories and entrepreneurial activities of highly skilled migrant women, female workers in the service economy in general, and women in male-dominated sectors. Together with Victoria Ellis, Agnieszka is working on a funded research project into emergent networks and experiences of women brewers. She is also co-supervising, with Dr. Gary Bosworth, Mahideh Zeinali’s PhD study on female migrants and social entrepreneurship.
3. Innovative research methods: visual and participatory methodologies
Agnieszka is interested in the application of innovative and visual research methods in tourism and migration research, and the relationship between research and activism. In her doctoral study she adopted arts-based participatory methodology. As part of her research, Agnieszka organised a community engagement event, during which artworks created by research participants were exhibited. The event aimed to promote the visibility of migrant women. The methodological approach of the study, its challenges and opportunities, are discussed in her Annals of Tourism Research article.
4. Empowerment, intersectionality, resistance and inequality
These concepts underpin Agnieszka’s research. Most recently, this was explored in a research project funded by the Santander Mobility Scholarship into empowerment and active community participation in rural tourism development, using a Spanish case study.
Before joining academia, Agnieszka worked for AVANZA Tourism and Socio-Cultural Consultancy, organising tourism events and conferences as well as participating in establishing an NGO promoting rural tourism and sustainability. She was also a research assistant in the project ‘The Palmeral of Elche: Cultural heritage, local identity versus tourist identity’ carried out by the Department of Human Geography of the University of Alicante.
Agnieszka teaches on a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with a focus on critical issues in tourism, (im)mobilities, sustainable development and qualitative research methods.
Undergraduate teaching (*denotes module leadership):
Space, Mobilities and the Experience Economy* (Year 1)
Research Methods for Tourism and Events (Year 2)
Managing the Environment for Tourism and Events (Year 2)
Social and Political Perspectives (Year 3)*
Destination Management (Year 3)
Postgraduate teaching (*denotes module leadership):
Advanced Research Methods (Masters level)*
Sustainability of Tourism and Events (Masters Level)*
PhD supervision in the area of work, gender and migration.
Erasmus coordinator for the University of Alicante (Spain)
International student mobility coordinator for the University of Rikkyo, Tokyo (Japan)
Employment, gender and migration, Tourism labour, Mobilities, Visual methodologies
— University of Lincoln, 2015
PhD (Migrant Labour in Tourism)
— Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014
Postgraduate Certificate of Applied Social Research (Distinction)
— University of Wales, 2010
College Research Fund (with Bosworth and Zeinali)
— University of Lincoln, 2016
— University of Lincoln, 2016
Research Network grant (£10,000) (with Bosworth, Santic and McAreavey)
— Regional Studies Association, 2015
Research Training Bursary
— National Centre for Research Methods, 2015
Fund for Educational Development
— University of Lincoln, 2014
PhD Student of the Year Award
— Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), 2014
Santander Mobility Scholarship
— Santander, 2014
College Research Fund (with Ellis)
— University of Lincoln, 2013
Annals of Tourism Research Prize for outstanding doctoral paper
— Annals of Tourism Research journal (IV Critical Tourism Studies Conference), 2011
Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Award
— Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2009
British Sociological Association
Regional Studies Association
Institute of Travel and Tourism
Higher Education Academy