Dr Julia Giddy

Part Time Lecturer in Geography

B.Sc. (University of Michigan); B.Sc.(Hons) / M.Sc. / Ph.D. (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

Originally from New York City, 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. Julia 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, was well-received, winning both local and international awards, and she therefore continued with this theme in her Ph.D. She completed her Ph.D., graduating in April 2016, at which point she began a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg. Her current research focuses on the interplay between extreme weather, climate change and the tourism industry in Southern Africa.


B.Sc. (Earth Sciences, History from University of Michigan); B.Sc. Honours (GIS, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University); M.Sc. (Environmental Geography, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University); Ph.D. (Geography, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)


Journal Articles:

Giddy, J.K & Webb, N.L. [in-press]. Environmental Values and Adventure Tourism Motivations. GeoJournal.

Giddy, J.K., Fitchett, J.M., & Hoogendoorn, G. [in-press]. American Tourists’ Perceptions of Weather in South Africa. Bulletin of Geography.

Giddy, J.K., Fitchett, J.M., & Hoogendoorn, G. [in-press]. A case study into the preparedness of white-water tourism to severe climatic events in southern Africa. Tourism Review International.

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.

Giddy, J.K. (2016). Adventure Tourism in South Africa: Challenges and prospects. Tourism: An international interdisciplinary journal, 64 (4), 451-455.

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.

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.

Book Chapters:

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.


Conference Papers:

Giddy, J.K. (2017). “Does this look like a slum?” Walking tours in the Johannesburg inner city. (Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 5 April – 9 April) Boston, U.S.A.

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.

Other Scholarly Contributions: 
  • a member of the Society of South African Geographers and the American Association of Geographers
  • attendatnca of several local and international conferences
  • guest lectures and seminars