Dr. Glen Thompson

Glen Thompson, judge, african responsible tourism awardsDirector: Better Tourism Africa

Glen @glent_za holds a PhD in History from Stellenbosch University, completed in 2014, and is research associate in the university’s Department of History. He serves as a board member of Better Tourism Africa and Wavescape Trust, an marine conservation advocacy and educational non-profit, and is a trustee for Waves for Change, a surf therapy non-profit working among township youth in Cape Town.

Glen is an avid surfer and also specialises in historical research, so it is not surprise that he has paired the two. He has published on surfing’s socio-cultural history—his first was “Making Waves, Making Men” in Robert Morrell’s Changing Men in Southern Africa (2001) and  more recently “Otelo Burning and Zulu Surfing Histories” in the Journal of African Cultural Studies (2014). He is currently working on a monograph based on his PhD thesis, which focused on race, gender and politics in this history South African surfing culture. His other research interests include: surf tourism, surfing and sports development, digital humanities, and histories of the beach in southern Africa.

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