Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli

Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology

I am an academic with an interest in global mobilities and globalisation processes. 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.

Research Interests

My specialisms include 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.  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.


Globalisation & International Social Change (SLSP5142 – MA module director, lecturer and tutor)

Tourism & Culture (SLSP2160 - Second-year, Undergraduate level, taught and directed)

Central Problems in Sociology (SLSP2730 – Second-year, Undergraduate level, tutor)

Globalization: Equality and Diversity (SLSP2016 – Second-year, Undergraduate level, co-director and tutor)

For information on past teaching please visit Rodanthi Tzanelli’s Teaching and Identity and Tourism.

PhD Supervision

Penelope Jane Reas ‘The “must have” tourist experience: An exploration of the motivations, expectations, experiences and outcomes of volunteer tourists in Siem Reap, Cambodia’’ (2009-graduated 2014)

John Poulter (2010-) ‘The Role of Remembrance of the First World War in the construction of the discourse of National Identity in Northern Ireland’ (2010-)

I am keen to supervise promising research students in the following areas:

Global culture industries (film, tourism, mega-events), knowledge economies and globalisation

Cinematic and digital representations of race and ethnicity, migration and tourism

Tourism, migration and art theory

Governmentality, governmobility and global racial imaginaries

Key Publications


Journal articles

Media Contact Areas

  • Tourism, globalization and development
  • Popular culture and art (especially in connection to film tourism)
  • Cultural industries (film, tourism)
  • Mediterranean mobilities (tourism, migration)
  • Mobilities of transnational memory and heritage

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