Mr Tim Foggin


Human Geography Lecturer



University of Surrey:  UK   M.A. Tourism     1995 -  1996

University of KwaZulu Natal. RSA.  B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) 1992 - 1995

Office Block:

Room 9

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus








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Biographical sketch

Tim Foggin is a pro poor tourism development specialist for the southern and east African region his core competencies have been in poverty reduction strategies related to community based and coastal based tourism. Prior to academia he was a UNWTO pro poor tourism consultant to East and Southern Africa and thereafter the Regional Tourism Advisor for the UNDP large marine ecosystems programme.

Focal areas have been where tourism delivers sustainable net benefits to local economies in amidst sustainable conservation practices.   Tim has gained invaluable livelihood experience from managing tourism development projects across east and southern Africa and has worked with the public, private and international development sector.  Other areas of interest are social impact assessments and sustainable livelihoods.  Tim has worked in a research and advisory capacity in the following countries Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia.


Professional Activities

Professional Memberships:

  • International Association for Impact Assessment – (South Africa)
  • Member of IGUST Sustainable Tourism Group - International
  • Member and certified assessor for Fair Trade Tourism South Africa


Current Teaching / courses

  • Human Environments (110)
  • Geographies of Urban Change (220)
  • Tourism Studies (301)
  • Advanced Tourism Studies (744)


Research Interests / areas of specialty


Private Sector Tourism SMME Development


  • Pro-poor tourism evaluations and assessments
  • Responsible tourism project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Business linkages between micro-enterprises and established private sector service providers/hotels
  • Tourism related local economic development strategies
  • Policy research regarding responsible tourism development strategies increasing pro poor supply chain benefits


Nature and Culture-Based Tourism Development


  • Joint venture partnerships between communities and private sector tourism enterprises.
  • Natural and cultural asset audits
  • Assessment of social & environmental impacts of existing or proposed tourism initiatives


Community Oriented Tourism


  • Community tourism enterprise development - PPP
  • Community-based natural resource management
  • Participatory rural appraisals
  • Identification of locally apporpriate livelihood diversification strategies relating to tourism


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