CBS Team

Prof. Dr. Desmond Wee

Prof. Dr. Desmond Wee

  • Studiengangsleitung International Tourism Management

  • Professor für Tourismus

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Lehrveranstaltungen an der CBS ? !

Cultures of Consumption
Critical Tourism Perspectives
Tourism Ethics
Sustainable Tourism
Tourism Development
Destination Management and Tourism Geographies
Tourism Research seminar
Tourism Geographies
Critical Tourism from Asian Perspectives
Tourism Marketing and Behaviour
Social Media Marketing
Introduction to International Tourism Management

Forschungs- und Beratungsschwerpunkte ? !

Business Simulation: Emerald Forest Hotel (2013 - 2018), Karlshochschule International University

HoTEL Place Management Simulation (2019 - ). Partners: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Birmingham City University, Tallinn University of Technology

Research project: Trump is German: Media(ting) spaces of tourism (2017 -  )

Research project: The Little Prince in Busan: Culture making and walking culture in a Tourist Slum (2018 - ). Tourism in Asian Cities, Editors: Saurabh Kumar Dixit and Joan C Henderson.

Research project: ‘Singapore’ on tour at the Venice Biennale (2012 - ). Contemporary Asian Expressions of Art and Tourism, Springer. Editors: Paolo Mura et al.

Research project: The Rest in the West: Mediating tourism as ex-colonial discourse in Europe (2019 - ) with Megan Arzbaecher and Toni Sillanpää. Tourism, Culture and Communication. Special issue on ‘The Interface Of Culture and Communication through Tourism’ Guest Editors: Jundan (Jasmine) Zhang and Adam Doering

Research project: (Re)creational spaces of Home: German Heimat tourists ‘returning’ to Romania (2019 - ).

Walking simulation: Birmingham City University (Masters Business, Law and Social Science) (2017)

Walking simulation: University of Alabama (Honors College) (2015, 2016, 2017)

Ausbildung/Studium ? !

PhD (2012), Tourism Sciences And Cultural Change, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC), Leeds Beckett University, UK

MA (2002), Social Science: Anthropology, International School for Humanities and Social Science (ISHSS), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

BA (Double Major) (1997), Leisure, Tourism And Society Studies And Communication Studies, University of Calgary, Canada

PDE (Professional Development in Education) (2005), Teaching and Learning Centre, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) (1998), International House Madrid, Spain

DIPLOMA (Latin American Studies) (1996), Universidad Latina de America, Mexico

PSYCHOLOGY SUMMER SCHOOL (1994), University of California at Berkeley, USA

Tätigkeiten in der Lehre ? !

Professor of Tourism (2018 - ), Academic Dean of International Tourism Management, CBS Campus Cologne, Germany

Professor of Tourism Sciences And Spatial Theories (2012 - 2018), Head Of Bachelor Programme International Tourism Management, Karlshochschule International University, Germany

Assistant Professor of Sociology (2010 - 2012), Keimyung University, South Korea

Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow (2008 - 2009), National Library, Singapore

Doctoral Researcher (2007 - 2010), Centre For Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Lecturer (2003 - 2006), School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Tätigkeiten in der Wirtschaft ? !

Concept Developer (2002 - 2003), Qipo, Norway

Life Coach (1998 - 2000), The Ark Learning Centre, Singapore

Development Worker (1998), Agape Mission ]for Cambodia, Kingdom Of Cambodia

Program Assistant for Student Services (1995 - 1997), International Student Centre, University of Calgary, Canada

Staff Officer (1992 - 1993), Singapore Police Force, Singapore

Sonstige Tätigkeiten ? !


  • Chefredakteur REthinking Finance, Handelsblatt Fachmedien (11/2018 – 01/2020)

Gutachtertätigkeiten für wissenschaftliche Journals

  • Die Unternehmung – Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change

  • Journal of Cleaner Production

  • Journal of Management Control

  • R&D Management

  • Sustainability


  • Arbeitskreis der Controlling-Professuren an Hochschulen (AKC)

  • European Accounting Association (EAA)

  • Internationaler Controller Verein (ICV)

  • International Group of Controlling (IGC)

  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

Veröffentlichungen ? !

Wee, D. (2019) Generation Z talking: transformative experience in educational travel. Journal of Tourism Futures, 5(2), pp. 157-167.

Loutfy, D., Stuke, K. & Wee, D. (2019) Growing me growing you: Collaborative student fieldwork in tourism research. In H. Andrews, T. Jimura and L. Dixon and (eds.) Tourism Ethnographies: Ethics, Methods, Application and Reflexivity. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 142-156.

Küpers, W. & Wee, D. (2018) Tourist cities as embodied places of learning: Walking in the “feelds” of Shanghai and Lisbon. International Journal of Tourism Cities, 4(3), pp. 376-390.

Wee, D. (2017) Home Away at Home: Mediating spaces of tourism and narratives of belonging in the German Village of South Korea. In Kim S.K. and S. Reijnders (eds.) Film Tourism in Asia. Singapore: Springer, pp. 221-237.

Sonnenburg, S. & Wee, D. (2016) An Introduction to Touring Consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture, 16(2), pp. 323-333.

Sonnenburg, S. & Wee, D. (2015) Touring Consumption: Itineraries on the move. In S. Sonnenburg and D. Wee (eds.)Touring Consumption. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 9-20.

Wee, D. (2014) Performing national identities in spaces of tourism. Journal of Tourism and Development, 21/22(1), pp. 13-22.

Wee, D. (2014) Hospitality on a platter, in retrospect. Hospitality & Society, 4(1) pp. 93-98.

Wee, D. (2012) Touring Heritage, Performing Home: Cultural Encounters in Singapore. In L. Smith, E. Waterton and S. Watson (eds.) The Cultural Moment in Tourism: New perspectives on performance and engagement. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 79-96.

Wee, D. (2010) In touch with My Routes: Becoming a Tourist in Singapore. Biblioasia, 5(4), pp.10-14.

Wee, D. (2010) Carrying Gazes: Towards a reflexive visual Anthropology. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 3(2), p.12.

Wee, D. (2009) Singapore language enhancer: identity included. Language and Intercultural Communication, 9(1), pp.15-23.

Wee, D. (2009) Missing an Umbrella (Einen Regenschirm vermissen). In E. Annuß (ed.) Stagings Made in Namibia: Postkoloniale Fotografie. Berlin: b_books Verlag, pp. 239-241.

Preise und Auszeichnungen ? !

Best Poster Award (2019), 6th UNITWIN UNESCO Conference for “Museum of the Tourist: An(other) perspective of European Heritage”, presented at KU Leuven, Belgium.

FIBAA Premium Seal (2014), Program Accreditation, International Tourism Management, presented at Karlshochschule International University, Germany

Andre Jordan Best Paper Award: 3rd (2013), ATMC for “Singapore in Venice: Touring Spaces at Home”, presented at the 5th Advances in Tourism Marketing Conference, the Algarve, Portugal.

Jon Rieger Award in Visual Sociology (2012), International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) for “Tourist from here: Performance of Tourism, Home and Everyday in Singapore”, presented at “Re-Visualizing the City” Conference in New York, USA.

Young Leisure Scholar Award (2011), International Sociological Association (ISA) For “Touring Home, Performing Identity: Leisure Spaces in Singapore”, presented at “Mapping Leisure Across Borders” Mid-Term Conference of Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure (Rc 13) in Palermo, Italy.

Best Paper Award (2009), International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research for “Becoming Tourist, Becoming Local: Performing Place and Identity In Singapore”, presented at “Cities as Creative Spaces for Cultural Tourism Conference” in Istanbul, Turkey.

Most Remarkable Theses Written in ISHSS History: 1997-2008 (2008), awarded by International School For Humanities And Social Science (ISHSS), Universiteit van Amsterdam In the Netherlands

Academic Award in Teaching (2005), presented At Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Roy Fleshman Award (1996), presented at University of Calgary, Canada

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