Originally from New York, Dr Julia Giddy pursued an Undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, with majors in Geological Sciences and Modern European history. After graduating in 2010, she moved to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she worked as an education intern at the Bayworld Museum. Dr Giddy then decided to continue her studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, obtaining a B.Sc. Honours degree in Geographic Information Systems in 2012, and a M.Sc. in Environmental Geography in 2014. Her M.Sc. thesis, entitled Human-Environment Interaction in Nature-based Adventure Tourism: The Case of the Tsitsikamma, was well-received, winning both local and international awards, and she therefore continued with this theme in her PhD, graduating in April 2016. She recently completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg in the Department of Geography.
Although much of her research focuses on adventure tourism and environmental influences on Tourism, she has a wide range of research interests, the impact of weather on Tourism, the Tourism-poverty nexus, perceptions of conversation in the new South Africa and Sustainable Human Resource Management. Dr Giddy's current projects include Sustainable Human Resource Management in Adventure Tourism, The Influence of Psychological States on Tourism Experiences, The Tourism-Poverty Nexus and The Impact of Extreme Weather on Specific Tourism Subsectors. She has produced a number of publications and presented her works at several local and International conferences.
Giddy, J.K. (under review). The Impact of Extreme Weather on Active Events Sports Tourism: The case of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Submitted to: Journal of Sport & Tourism.
Giddy, J.K. & Hoogendoorn, G. (in-press). Ethical concerns around inner city walking tours. Urban Geography, 1-7.
Giddy, J.K (2017). A Profile of Commercial Adventure Tourism Participants in South Africa. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2017.1366346
Giddy, J.K., Fitchett, J.M., & Hoogendoorn, G. (2017). Insight into American Tourists' Experiences with Weather in South Africa. Bulletin of Geography.
Giddy, J.K., Fitchett, J.M., & Hoogendoorn, G. (2017). The preparedness of white-water tourism to severe climatic events: the case of South Africa and Namibia. Tourism Review International, 21, 213-220. https://doi.org/10.3727/154427217X14984977561754
Hoogendoorn, G. & Giddy, J.K. (2017). "Does this look like a slum?' Walking tours in the Johannesburg inner city. Urban Forum, 1-14. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-017-9307-2
Giddy, J.K & Webb, N.L. (2017). Environmental Values and Adventure Tourism Motivations. GeoJournal, 1-15. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10708-017-9768-9 - Published
Giddy, J.K & Webb, N.L. (2016). The Role of the Environment in Adventure Tourism: From motivations to experiences. Current Issues in Tourism, 1-15. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13683500.2016.1245715
Giddy, J.K. (2016). Adventure Tourism in South Africa: Challenges and prospects. Tourism: An international interdisciplinary journal, 64(4), 451-455. http://hrcak.srce.hr/170581
Giddy, J.K (2016). Environmental Values and Behaviours of Adventure Tourism Operators: The case of the Tsitsikamma, South Africa. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 5(4), 1-19. http://www.ajhtl.com/uploads/7/1/6/3/7163688/article_10_vol_5__4_.pdf
Giddy, J.K & Webb, N.L. (2016). The Influence of the Environment on Motivations to Participate in Adventure Tourism: The case of the Tsitsikamma. South African Geographical Journal, 98(2), 351-366. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03736245.2015.1028990
Giddy, J.K. (under review). Insight into Adventure Tourism Employment in South Africa. In Ndiuini, A. and Baum, T., Sustainable Human Resource Management in Tourism in Africa. Springer Publishing.
Giddy, J.K. (2015). The Influence of Human-Environment Interaction on Adventure Tourism. In M. Kozak and N. Kozak (Eds.), Tourism Development (pp 97-106). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Giddy, J.K.(2017). 'This Blows!' The Impact of Extreme Weather on Major Sporting Events: The case of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. (4th International Conference on Events (ICE) 2017: Beyond the Waves Conference at University of Central Florida, 12-14 December) Orlando, FL, USA.
Giddy, J.K. (2017). "Does this look like a slum?' Walking tours in the Johannesburg inner city. (American Association of Geographers' Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, USA, 5-9 April, 2017).
Giddy, J.K. (2016). American Tourists' Perceptions of Weather in South Africa. (Society for South African Geographers (SAAG) Centennial Conference at Stellenbosch University, 25-29 September) Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Giddy, J.K. (2015). The Role of the Environment in Motivations to Participate in Adventure Tourism. (3rd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Central Florida 15-18 December 2015) Orlando, FL, USA.
Giddy, J.K. (2015). The Impact of Environmental Values on Adventure Tourism Motivations. (South African Institute of Management Scientists 27th Annual Conference 30 August-1 September 2015) Cape Town, South Africa.
Giddy, J.K. (2014). The Influence of Human-Environment Interaction on Adventure Tourism. (Paper delivered at the World Conference for Graduate Research in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure at Kadir Has University 3-8 June 2014) Istanbul, Turkey.
Giddy. J.K. (2013). Environmental Values, Behaviors and Perceptions of Impact among Nature-based Adventure Tourism Employees in the Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape. (Paper delivered at the Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) Conference at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 1-2 October 2013) Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Giddy, J.K. (2013). The Role of the Environment in Nature-based Adventure Tourism Motivations. (Paper delivered at the Society for South African Geographers (SAAG) Conference at the University of the Free State 25-28 September 2013) Bloemfontein, South Africa.