Helen Joyner-Harris

Helen's Profile

Job title

Senior Lecturer Aviation

Academic qualifications

MA Destination Tourism Management, PG Cert Post Compulsory Teaching and Learning in Vocational Studies, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management


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My background is long and varied, serving in the Royal Navy for seven years, followed by another seven years of solo travel and work around Africa. I worked in lesser developed countries within the diving, sailing, tourism and travel industries, both as an employee and manager at various SME organisations, during this time. I came to UCB as a mature Adventure Tourism Management student, which I followed with a Graduate Teaching Assistant role, studying on the Tourism Destination Management master’s degree. I also completed a PGCE in post compulsory education.

I am a Fellow at the Higher Education Academy, and an experienced academic on the aviation and tourism programmes, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am an avid traveller, keen sailor and passionate dog walker. 


My teaching focuses on contemporary issues in aviation, global transport management, risk management and project management across Levels 4 to 7.

Research interests

Research interests include intra-Africa aviation connectivity, geopolitical structures, nation state competitiveness, sustainability in practice, technology in cargo and diversity in HE institutions. 

External engagements

2019 PMI event lead  

2022 Panel Member (external academic) at University Centre Grimsby. Validation Event

2022 Toastmaster event lead 

2022 - 2025 External Examiner at Buckinghamshire New University for MSc in Aviation Security

Department of Hospitality and Tourism

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