Dr Fabian Frenzel

Lecturer in the Political Economy of OrganisaFabian Frenzeltion

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5641
  • Email: ff48@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 329, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building

Personal details

I joined the School of Management in February 2012. Between 2012-2014 I left Leicester to work at the University of Potsdam, Germany, on a two-year Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. The research grant enabled me to conduct a comparative case study of three global destinations of tourism in areas of urban poverty.

I came back to Leicester on a full-time lectureship in September 2014 where I am teaching on the undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and PhD programmes with a focus on qualitative research methods and the sociology of organisation.

Previously I was a lecturer at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE), where I taught on the tourism and enterprise undergraduate programmes and on the MBA.

I am a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg and a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC), Leeds Metropolitan University. I have an MSc in Political Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin and a PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University.



My research interests converge at the intersections of mobility, organisation and politics. In this context I consider the role of transnational mobilities, from activists to tourists, in the formation of a global social question with a focus on the way slums are becoming destinations of a range of better-off travellers, in solidarity and volunteer travel and in slum tourism. This is also the topic of my most recent book 'Slumming It‘ (Zed Books 2016).

In 2012 I received a Marie Curie Post Doctoral Fellowship from the EU for a two-year research project on slum tourism, conducted at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Prior to this I won an early career grant from the University of the West of England to study tourism in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and to initiate the foundation of a slum tourism research network. I co-organised the first conference in this field of research in December 2010 at UWE. This led to the publication of a special issue on slum tourism in the journal tourism geographies and a book I edited on the same topic. In May 2014 I hosted the second slum tourism network conference in Potsdam and I am co-editor of two special issues emerging from the conference publications.

In my second empirical research field I study the ways in which social movements organise themselves in response to place and space with a particular interest in the organisational form of the protest camp. In 2013 I published a book on protest camps as an organisational form (with Zed books) in collaboration with Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth University) and Patrick McCurdy (Ottawa University). I have taken part in the foundation of the protest camp research network. In the framework of the network, I am currently co-editing a book on case studies of protest camps across the world (forthcoming with Policy Press in 2017). I am also one of the founders of the protest camp research collective.

I have previously worked in an ESRC research project on Alternative Media Organisation in the 'Global South' (RES-155-25-0029).

Earlier work includes the foundation in 2003 of a research think tank Institute of Nomadology (InNo) in Berlin.


Office hours

Please email me to make an appointment.


I’d be interested in supervising PhDs that aim to:

  • Critically study mobilities and tourism
  • Study political mobilities (i.e. activist travel), volunteer tourism, slum tourism and poverty as a tourist attraction
  • Research protest camps, both in comtemporary and historical perspective
  • Reflect on the role of leisure in the formation of political identities
  • Interrogate the politics of compassion and the social question


Journal articles
Frenzel, F., & Blakeman, S. (2015). Making Slums Into Attractions: The Role of Tour Guiding in the Slum Tourism Development in Kibera and Dharavi. Tourism Review International, 19(1-2), 87–100.

McCurdy, P., Feigenbaum, A., & Frenzel, F. (2015). Protest Camps and Repertoires of Contention. Social Movement Studies http://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2015.1037263

Frenzel, F., Koens, K., Steinbrink, M., & Rogerson, C. M. (2015). Slum Tourism State of the Art. Tourism Review International, 18(2), 237–252.

Frenzel, F., 2014. Exit the System? Anarchist Organisation in the British Climate Camps. ephemera, 14(4), p.901-921.

Frenzel, F., 2014. Slum Tourism and Urban Regeneration: Touring Inner Johannesburg. Urban Forum, pp.1–17.

Frenzel, F. & Beverungen, A., 2014. Value struggles in the creative city: A People’s Republic of Stokes Croft? Urban Studies.

Frenzel, F., Feigenbaum, A and Mc Curdy, P. (2014) A research framework for the study of protest camps. The Sociological Review 62(3), pp 457-474.

Frenzel, F., (2013). Slum tourism in the context of the tourism and poverty (relief) debate. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 144(2), pp.117–128.

Burgold, J., Frenzel, F. & Rolfes, M., (2013). Editorial: Observations on slums and their touristification. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 144(2), pp.99–104.

Feigenbaum, A., McCurdy, P. & Frenzel, F., (2013). Towards a Method for studying Affect in (micro)Politics: The Campfire Chats Project and the Occupy Movement. Parallax, 19(2), pp.21–37.

Frenzel, F., (2012). Beyond “Othering”: the political roots of slum tourism. In F. Frenzel, K. Koens, & M. Steinbrink, eds. Slum Tourism Poverty, Power and Ethics. London: Routledge, pp. 49–65.

Frenzel, F and Koens, K (2012) Slum Tourism: developments in a young field of interdisciplinary tourism research Tourism Geographies 14 (2) p forthcoming.

Frenzel F, Boehm S, Quinton P, Sullivan S, Spicer A, Young Z  (2011) Comparing Alternative Media in North and South, Environment and Planning A  35(4) P. 1173-1189.

Frenzel, F. (2010) Researching Political Tourists: A Case Study Approach in Methodology: Innovative approaches to research, Vol 1, Issue 1, 24-27.

Frenzel, F., (2016) Slumming it: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty, Zed Books: London.

Frenzel and Koens (eds.) (2014) Geographies of Inequality. The New Global Slumming Phenomenon. Oxon, Routledge.

Feigenbaum, A, Frenzel F and McCurdy P (2013) Protest Camps The Political and Organisational Form of Protest Camps. Zed Books.

Frenzel F, Koens K, Steinbrinck, M (eds.) (2012) Poverty, Power and Ethics in Global Slum-Tourism, Abington, Oxon, Routledge.

Frenzel, F. (2010) Politics in Motion, PhD Thesis, Leeds Metropolitan University Library.

Book chapters
Feigenbaum, A and F. Frenzel (2017) Austerity and the Post-Capitalist Politics of Protest Camps: experiments in autonomy at Occupy London. In Pete Bennett and Julian McDougall (eds) Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today Routledge: London.

Rollmann, N. and F Frenzel (2017) Between Protest Camp and Tent City: The Free Cuvry Protest Camp in Berlin Kreuzberg. In Brown G, Feigenbaum A, Frenzel F, McCurdy P (eds.) Protest Camps and Social Movements An International Perspective, Policy Press: Bristol.

Frenzel, F., Mc Curdy, P, Feigenbaum, A. (2016) Place, Protest & Communication: Protest Camps and the Mediatization of Space. In Rovisco, Maria and Jonathan Ong (eds) Taking the Square: new protest movements, the media, and the struggle for democracy 'from below’ Rowan and Littlefield, London.

Feigenbaum A Frenzel F McCurdy P (2016) Protest Camps. In Slater, M B (ed) Making Things International, Minnesota University Press.

Frenzel F. (2014). Slum Tourism and its controversies from a management perspective. In M. Gudic, A. Rosenbloom, & C. Parkes (Eds.), Socially Responsive Organizations and the Challenge of Poverty (pp. 123–135). Leeds, UK: Greenleaf.

Frenzel, F. (2013) Regimes of Camp and Camping. The political mobility of activist encampments in Vogl, G. et al. (eds.) New Mobilities Regimes. The Analytical Power of the Social Science and the Arts, Farnham, Ashgate, pp. 225-237.

Frenzel F (2012) Beyond ‘Othering’ The Political Roots Of Slum-Tourism in Frenzel et al (eds) Poverty, Power and Ethics in Global Slum-Tourism Oxon, Routledge, p. (forthcoming).

Frenzel, F. (2011) Entlegene Orte in der Mitte der Gesellschaft? Die britischen Klimacamps seit 2006 [in German] in Brunnengraeber, A. (ed.) Das internationale Klimaregime, Wiesbaden, VS Research Verlag (2011).

Frenzel, F. and  Sullivan, S. (2009) Globalization from below? ICTs and Democratic Development in the Project ‘Indymedia Africa’. In Mudhai, Fred et al. eds. African Media and the Digital Public Sphere. New York and London, Palgrave Macmillian.

Unreviewed publications
Frenzel, F. (2010) Book Review: Tourism and Mobilities Local-Global Connections, Leisure Studies Association Newsletter 69-72.

Frenzel, F. (2005) Book Review: Tourism Mobilities Places to Play, Places in Play. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 3 (2), pp.136-138.

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