Dr Whitney Vernes Smith

Edge Hotel School
Dr Whitney Vernes Smith



  • PhD Tourism & Hospitality Management University of Surrey,

  • MA International Tourism Management University of Greenwich,

  • BA Tourism Management University of Greenwich,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Edge Hotel School, University of Essex (13/2/2023 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Dissertation (EG323)

  • Dissertation (EG500)

  • Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry (EG700)


Journal articles (4)

Smyth, L., Morgan, N. and Vernes, W., (2024). Beyond grid girls and checkered flags: exploring sexual objectification at Motorsport events. Event Management

E. Smith, W., Kimbu, AN., de Jong, A. and Cohen, S., (2023). Gendered Instagram representations in the aviation industry. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 31 (3), 639-663

Smith, WE., de Jong, A., Cohen, S. and Kimbu, AN., (2023). ‘Creamy and seductive’: Gender surveillance in flight attendant work. Annals of Tourism Research. 98, 103507-103507

Smith, WE., Cohen, S., Kimbu, AN. and de Jong, A., (2021). Reshaping gender in airline employment. Annals of Tourism Research. 89, 103221-103221

Reports and Papers (2)

Smith, W. and Kimbu, A., (2023). Snapshot of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in National Tourism Strategies

Kim, B., Kim, YR., Kimbu, A., Ramakrishnan, S. and Vernes, W., (2023). Co-creating Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Travel and Tourism: Post-workshop Report



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