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
  • Office Hours: Please email me to make an appointment
  • Twitter: @fabnomad

Biography

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 Fellow 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.

Research Interests

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.

In 2012 I received a Marie Curie Post Doctoral Fellowship from the EU (£150,000) for a two-year research project on slum tourism, conducted at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The project website is www.qualpot.eu. Prior to this I won an early career grant from the University of the West of England (£18,000) 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. More information on the slum tourism research network can be found on its webpage www.slumtourism.net

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.

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, the Institute of Nomadology (InNo) in Berlin.

PhD Supervision

I’d be interested to supervise PhDs that aim:

  • To critically study mobilities and tourism.
  • To study political mobilities (i.e. activist travel), volunteer tourism, slum tourism and poverty as a tourist attraction.
  • To research protest camps, both in comtemporary and historical perspective.
  • To reflect on the role of leisure in the formation of political identities.
  • To interrogate the politics of compassion and the social question.

Recent Publications

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

Frenzel, F., 2014. Slum Tourism and Urban Regeneration: Touring Inner Johannesburg. Urban Forum, pp.1–17. [Accessed September 30, 2014].

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

Frenzel, F. & Beverungen, A., 2014. Value struggles in the creative city: A People’s Republic of Stokes Croft? Urban Studies. [Accessed October 7, 2014].

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

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., Feigenbaum, A and Mc Curdy, P. (2013) A research framework for the study of protest camps. The Sociological Review 62(3), pp 457-474.

Feigenbaum, A., McCurdy, P. and Frenzel, F. (2013) The affective micropolitics of protest camps. Parallax 19 (2) pp. 21-37

Frenzel, F, Koens K, & Steinbrink M (eds.) (2012). Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power and Ethics. London: Routledge
 
Frenzel F (2012) Beyond ‘Othering’ The Political Roots Of Slum-Tourism in Frenzel, F., Koens, K. and Steinbrink, M. (eds) Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power and Ethics, London: Routledge pp 35-49.

Full listing of publications

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

Frenzel, F., 2014. Slum Tourism and Urban Regeneration: Touring Inner Johannesburg. Urban Forum, pp.1–17. [Accessed September 30, 2014].

Frenzel, F. & Beverungen, A., 2014. Value struggles in the creative city: A People’s Republic of Stokes Croft? Urban Studies. [Accessed October 7, 2014].

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. [Accessed July 19, 2013].

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.

Books
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
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.

Un-reviewed 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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