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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Agnieszka Rydzik

Agnieszka joined the University of Lincoln in January 2013. Prior to this, she was based at the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she obtained her PhD. She holds a PGCE in Higher Education Teaching and Learning and HEA Fellowship. Agnieszka’s research focuses on equality and discrimination at work, with a particular interest in gender, migration and the visitor economy. She is interested in worker identities, female entrepreneurship and networks, as well as visual and participatory methodologies. Her interest is in the worker perspective and improving working conditions but also in the exploration of the broader context of contemporary changing working landscapes and societal changes, as well as the future implications of these on working lives and identities. Agnieszka has presented at national (Work, Employment and Society; Royal Geographical Society) and international conferences (European Sociological Association; International Critical Tourism Studies; Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference), and delivered a keynote at the Rural Entrepreneurship Conference 2016. Research strands: Strand 1: Workplace equality and diversity, precarious and flexible work Agnieszka’s doctoral research focused on employment experiences of migrant women in UK tourism and hospitality, and was underpinned by participatory and visual methodologies. She is currently working on a project on young workers on zero-hour contracts in hospitality, their precariousness and the realities of flexible work. Strand 2: Gender and work: worker identities, networks and social embeddedness Agnieszka is involved in a research project with Victoria Ellis on an under-researched group of women brewers, looking at identity work and women-only informal networks. Another project (with Mahdieh Zeinali and Dr. Gary Bosworth) within this strand is a study into migrant women entrepreneurs in rural Lincolnshire looking at embeddedness and social value creation. Strand 3: Labour Migration and Mobilities *RSA Migration Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD) Research Network* Agnieszka co-founded an international RSA research network on Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD), together with Dr Gary Bosworth (School of Geography, University of Lincoln), Dr Danica Šantic (University of Belgrade) and Dr Ruth McAreavey (Newcastle University). Funded by the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the MICaRD research network brings together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe to provide a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration, foster collaboration and expand research opportunities. The specific focus is on labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas for both sending and receiving nations. A total of four research events were organised through RSA MICaRD network: Belfast (2016), Belgrade (2016), Warsaw (2017) and Lincoln (2018). The most recent MICaRD conference took place at the University of Lincoln 25-27th April 2018 and focused on "Migrant Identities, Working Lives and Social Embeddedness’”. 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.

Department Responsibilities

Agnieszka teaches and has taught 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)

Subject Specialism

Employment, gender and migration; Worker identities; Visitor economy; Labour migration and mobilities; Visual and participatory methodologies


  • PGCE HETL — University of Lincoln, 2015
  • PhD (Migrant Labour in Tourism) — Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Applied Social Research (Distinction) — University of Wales, 2010


  • Inclusive Boston Project (total value £45,000) (with Liz Price and Rose Regeneration) — Boston Borough Council | Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government,
  • Conference Bursary — GEN ISBE,
  • College Research Fund (with Bosworth and Zeinali) — University of Lincoln,
  • UROS fund — University of Lincoln,
  • Research Network grant (£10,000) (with Bosworth, Santic and McAreavey) — Regional Studies Association,
  • Research Training Bursary — National Centre for Research Methods,
  • Fund for Educational Development — University of Lincoln,
  • PhD Student of the Year Award — Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT),
  • Santander Mobility Scholarship — Santander,
  • College Research Fund (with Ellis) — University of Lincoln,
  • Annals of Tourism Research Prize for outstanding doctoral paper — Annals of Tourism Research journal (IV Critical Tourism Studies Conference),
  • Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Award — Cardiff Metropolitan University,

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Research Interests

  • Critical tourism

  • Employment gender and migration

  • labour migration

  • mobilities

  • sociology of work

  • tourism labour

  • visual and participatory research methods

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • British Sociological Association — Member
  • Regional Studies Association — Member
  • Institute of Travel and Tourism — Member
  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow