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Staff Profile

Jenny Hall


I am a cultural geographer interested in embodied experiences of adventure and tourism in extreme environments in terms of gender, emotion, affect and more broadly in heritage and sports. My research spans both philosophical and applied contexts in mountaineering. I was awarded my PhD in 2019 at York St John University that explores the experiences of female mountaineers in the UK and where I currently teach in the fields of, tourism, entrepreneurship and guest lecture in geography. I am Treasurer of the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group, a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before undertaking my PhD, I worked as a cultural producer and curator in the arts and heritage sector founding and leading major venues, festivals and cultural development programmes. Along with directing University public engagement, enterprise and knowledge exchange programmes. I live and work in North Yorkshire and enjoy the mountains through mountaineering and ultra-distance mountain marathons. I am a member of my local mountain rescue team.

You can follow me at @laughinggrouse /


I teach across a range of Business and Management subject areas, including tourism, event, festival theory and management, entrepreneurship and small business creation. I currently teach on the following programmes::

  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA Tourism & Destination ManagementBA (Hons) Event & Experience Management
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management
    Executive MBA

I am also a supervisor for postgraduate dissertations.

Publications and conferences

Book Chapters

Hall, J. (2018) Women Mountaineers and affect: Fear, Play and the Unknown. In: Saul, H., Waterton, E. eds. Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers. London, Routledge, pp.147 - 164.

Book Reviews

C. Palmer & H. Andrews. (2020) Tourism & Embodiment, Abingdon, Routledge

T. Raymen & O. Smith. (2020) Deviant Leisure: Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan.


Aug 2019 RGS-IBG International Conference co-chaired two sessions sponsored by the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group: Redesigning the room: Troubling geographies of adventure tourism and Geographies of Inequality and Hope: Towards Sustainable Tourism Futures and co-presented a paper in this session with Dr B. Paddison entitled Governance and sustainable engagement: Building equality within public and private tourism space. Along with being invited chair for the Tourism Geographies session

Jun 2019 International Adventure Conference, Dumfries, co-presented a paper with Dr M. Miller at entitled Who can be a mountaineer? Troubling the silences of adventure legacies

Feb 2019 Behavioural and Social Science Research in Extreme Environments Conference, Manchester University, presented a paper entitled Women mountaineers, affect, sensoria and emotion

Aug 2018 RGS-IBG International Conference presented a paper entitled Dwelling in no-man’s-land: Women and extreme mountaineering

Aug 2017 RGS-IBG International Conference presented a Paper entitled Place, risk and dreaming of the unknown

Oct 2016 International Adventure Conference, Tralee, Ireland presented a paper entitled Mapping the embodied experiences of women mountaineers: Affect, sensoria and emotion in serious tourism

Aug 2016 RGS-IBG International Conference presented a paper entitled Mapping the embodied experiences of women mountaineers: Affect, absence and uncertainty in serious tourism

Professional activities


Jan 2020: Hall, J., & Doran, A. (2020) Researching Female Mountaineers, United Kingdom. Capel Curig, Mountain Training UK.

Academic Achievements

Aug 2018 – current Interim Chair & Treasurer Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research, Royal Geographical Society with IBG

May 2018 - current Royal Geographical Society, member/co-organiser of Behavioural Social Science Network

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