Leonie Schulz

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PhD Student

Leonie joined the Centre for Mountain Studies in October 2017 as a PhD student. Her research concerns the socio-economic and environmental changes along the A9 corridor in the Cairngorms National Park resulting from an expected growing tourism economy due to the dualling of the A9


  • MSc (Distinction) Ecotourism, Edinburgh Napier University
  • BBA Tourism Management, Stenden University (Netherlands) and Stenden South Africa


Leonie Schulz, mountain studies PhD student


Professional Career

  • Conservation volunteering with the Royal Zoological Society Scotland (“Wild about Scotland” Outreach Programme), Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in Wales (Bottlenose Dolphin Research) and with Wild Futures in England (Primate Welfare).
  • Tour Guide in the Highlands and Islands, Scotland (Rob Roy Tours).
  • Tourism Product Manager, Scotland (Rob Roy Tours).
  • Centre Manager of a German language institute, Germany.
  • Language Teacher (German as a Second Language), Germany.
  • Tour Guide & Programme Manager in the UK, Greece and Denmark for various tour companies.

Research interests

Leonie has an interest in exploring solutions to land use conflicts, predominantly conflicts between tourism and conservation areas. As such, she is interested in researching the benefits of the tourism industry for wildlife as well as local communities and how to mitigate negative impacts, particularly on sensitive areas such as mountainous areas. Research interests further include:

  • Sustainable ecotourism development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainability communication
  • Tourism stakeholder involvement in environmental conservation
  • Environmental politics

Unpublished dissertations

Schulz, L. K. (2016) Assessment of ecotourist demographics, motivations and economic impacts at a breeding seabird colony site and its marine extension, St Abbs, Scottish Borders. Dissertation presented for the degree of Master of Science, Edinburgh Napier University.

Schulz, L. K. (2015) Wildlife Voluntourism in the UK and its contribution to primate conservation – A case study of Wild Futures, Looe, UK. Dissertation presented for the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration, Stenden University.