Laura Sophia Fendt

Lecturer at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University, Australia

Laura is a Lecturer at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University, Australia. Originally from the German mountains, Laura moved to Australia in 2006. From a young age, she was involved with sports including biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting), skateboarding, and snowboarding. Picking up surfing came natural and she quickly developed a big love for the waves. Surfing has been a significant part of Laura’s life since her move to Sydney and has also spilled over into her career path. Part of her undergraduate studies was an Honours thesis, which focused on women surf tourist’s motivations, constraints and negotiation processes. This project was followed by her PhD thesis, a project that is in the final stages of completion.  Throughout her postgraduate study Laura developed an interest in phenomenological research methods. For her PhD thesis she used Heideggarian phenomenology to investigate the lived experiences of women surfers. Using her own surfing knowledge and skills to aid in her investigations, Laura’s thesis is an exploration of the life-worlds of ‘Surfer Girls’. Women’s experiences and their meanings are presented in a creative way and as faithful as possible to the reality of women’s surfing lives. Apart from women’s surfing, she is interested in research on women’s experiences of alternative leisure activities, especially those that have previously belonged to the male domain. Her methodological directions follow the qualitative, interpretive pathway with a particular interest in phenomenological methods.

Contact

Email: laura.fendt@scu.edu.au 

Phone: 0061458250387