Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Zhang Jiajie
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education - Humanities & Social Studies Education
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J.J. Zhang is Assistant Professor in Human Geography at NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his PhD in the field of cultural geography from the University of Durham, UK. Prior to his move to Durham, he completed his M.Soc.Sci in Geography at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a B.Soc.Sci. (First Class Honours) in Geography from the same university. He was Assistant Professor of Tourism and Leisure Studies in the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong before eventually returning to Singapore. J.J.’s research interests include border studies, material culture and critical tourism studies in the Asia Pacific. He has two main research thrusts: one that deals with tourism, heritage and geopolitics, and another that explores leisure travels and well-being amongst the elderly. His writings have been published in international journals including Annals of Tourism Research, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Cultural Geographies, Current Issues in Tourism, Geoforum, Tourism Management and Tourism Geographies. He is passionate about teaching and enjoys bringing students on field trips to inquire and learn about different landscapes.
Critical tourism studies,Cultural-geopolitics of cross-border mobilities,Leisure travels amongst older adults,Material culture of post-conflict societies,Qualitative methods
  • Understanding informal networks of care through past leisure travel experiences of older adults: a life course approach
• 2012 International Best Paper Award Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov Student Paper Award (Best paper in the PhD category), Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
• 2011 International Research Grant: Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies Centre for Chinese Studies, Taiwan
• 2009-2012 Durham Doctoral Fellowship Durham University, UK (Full scholarship awarded under the University's fast-track initiative)
• 2009 International Best Paper Award: 1st Prize, Graduate Student Paper Competition Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Recreation, Tourism; Sport Specialty Group
• 2007-2009 NUS Research (M.Soc.Sci) Scholarship NUS
• 2007 Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours in Geography) NUS
• 2006 Ooi Jin Bee Scholarship Award Department of Geography, NUS
• 2005-2006 Dean's List (Top 5% of cohort) Faculty of Arts; Social Sciences, NUS
• 2005 Special Book Prize (Top Year 2 Student in Geography) NUS
• 2004-2005 Dean's List (Top 5% of cohort) Faculty of Arts; Social Sciences, NUS
• 2003-2004 Dean's List (Top 5% of cohort) Faculty of Arts; Social Sciences, NUS