I am an Associate Professor at the Tourism Department at Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences in Hungary. Also, I am a part time academic tutor in the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield/Sheffield International College and a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University, where I have also earned my Ph.D. in 2011.
My major research interest is how human mobility creates new cultural forms, and how we can understand travel and tourism with anthropological and sociological theories. More precisely I am interested in how tourist encounters generate new political roles, novel material culture, unique economy, new cognitive categories and personal experiences in small scale localised communities in Africa. As part of this I also deal with the historicity of travel (colonial encounters, colonial mimesis).
In a much broader theoretical sense I am interested in the anthropology of travel and generally how mobility can be investigated with anthropological and sociological theories. As hospitality is part of travel I am also attracted by the way of how hospitality emerges from everyday practices.
Materials, objects that move, are also often fascinating for me; therefore I am interested in the materiality of travel and tourism. From a historical perspective (psychology of collecting, longing, curiosities in museums) and from a contemporary point of view I am interested in how tourist art evolve and what the semiotic of these objects is.
I am also interested in leisure studies and the sociological works on leisure.
My geographical interest is East Africa, especially South-Ethiopia and North-Kenya where I made shorter and longer field trips in the past decade. I conducted my major fieldwork among the Mursi people in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.