Dr Lauren Siegel MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Tourism and Events

Key details

Dr. Lauren A. Siegel

Dr Lauren A Siegel

Lecturer in Tourism and Events


After working in tourism and events management in New York City for nearly a decade, Lauren then shifted her life to Asia to pursue her MSc at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she graduated with Distinction. Lauren's career in research began while in Hong Kong, with a focus on how social media have transformed experiences into objects of collectible consumption among younger generations, where her research was featured widely in the media. Lauren then went on to obtain her PhD at the University of Surrey in the UK with a focus on the behavioural performances and visitor impacts to destinations considered 'Instagrammable', under the supervision of Professor Iis Tussyadiah and Professor Caroline Scarles. Additionally, Lauren is a member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), the International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) and the Royal Geographical Society. Lauren joined the University of Greenwich in September 2021.

Research / Scholarly interests

Research interests include social media, social networking, social influence, consumer behaviour, overtourism, responsible traveller behaviours, sustainable practices, tourist destination selection, socio-cultural impacts and generational travel habits (Generations Y and Z).

Media activity

Hotel Online: https://www.hotel-online.com/.../a-globetrotting-generation/


PATA: https://www.pata.org/the-hong-kong-polytechnic.../


Hsyndicate: https://www.hsyndicate.org/network/4097719.html


Hospitality Net: https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4097719.html


International Hotel & Restaurant Association: http://www.ih-ra.org/news-details.php?url=4097719


Hotel Technology Next Generation: http://htng.hsyndicate.com/news//4097719.html


HITEC Bytes: http://bytes.hitec.org/details/4097719.html


AMFORHT: https://amforht.groupment.com/.../a-globetrotting.../8185/


4Hoteliers: https://www.4hoteliers.com/news/story/20180


Food Hospitality India: http://foodhospitalityindia.com/for-the-internet-savvy.../

Deutsche Welle Radio
Living Planet: Overtourism – How much is too much?
https://www.dw.com/en/living-planet-overtourism-how-much-is-too-much/av-44927631

Recent publications

  • Siegel, L.A., Tussyadiah, I., & Scarles, C. (2022). Cyber-physical traveler performances and Instagram travel photography as ideal impression management. Current Issues in Tourism,DOI:10.1080/13683500.2022.2086451.
  • Siegel, L.A., Tussyadiah, I.P. and Scarles, C. (2020) ‘Does Social Media Help or Hurt Destinations? A Qualitative Case Study’, e-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR), 17(4), pp. 571-580.
  • Thomopoulos, N., Cohen, S., Hopkins, D., Siegel, L. and Kimber, S. (2020) ‘All Work and No Play? Autonomous Vehicles and Non-commuting Journeys’, Transport Reviews, 1-22.
  • Siegel, L.A. and Wang, D. (2019) ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses: Emergence of Travel as a Form of Social Comparison among Millennials’, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 36(2), pp. 159-175.
  • Siegel, L. (2019). Social Networking Behaviours among Travelling Millennials: A Visual Hierarchy. Travel and Tourism Research Association Europe 2019, 8-10 April in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
  • Siegel, L. (2019). Travel Photography in the Age of Social Networking. Workshop Series: Photography in Tourism Research at University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, 10 Sept 2019.
  • Siegel, L. (2019). Travel and Consumption in Photogenic Places. PhD Workshop, International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) ENTER Conference 2019, 29 Jan at University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Siegel,L. and Wang, D. (2018). Keeping Up with the Joneses: Emergence of Travel as a New Form of Social Currency. The 23rd Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-5 Jan 2018.