Karoline Guelke

Associate faculty

Tourism & Hospitality Management

Dr. Karoline Guelke is a cultural anthropologist with extensive teaching experience. Her research interests include tourism development, globalization, culture change, food, gender issues and the ways these play out in cross-cultural contexts.

Karoline’s doctoral work involved ethnographic research in a tourist destination in Peru’s Cusco region; it critically examined the experiences of travellers and the complex impacts of tourism employment and visitors’ presence on local people.

Karoline is also interested in visual methodologies and has used photovoice, an approach where participants contribute their own photos and sketching in her research.


Karoline Guelke has taught in the fields of anthropology, gender studies and global development studies. She brings more than 17 years of teaching experience to Royal Roads.

While at Camosun College in Victoria, she served on the Human Rights Committee and helped organize community events. She also worked as a teaching assistant consultant at the University of Victoria.

Karoline has been engaged in community work in Canada and the US, and has provided consulting to volunteer organizations in Peru and Nepal. This experience, along with her long-term fieldwork for her Masters and PhD research, have given her significant cross-cultural expertise.

Karoline's research in Peru also allowed her to gain first-hand experience with tourism businesses in the context of a developing country. Karoline speaks English, German and Spanish.


PhD in Anthropology

University of Victoria

MA in Anthropology

University of Calgary

ESL Teacher Training Certificate

Oxford Seminars, Vancouver

BA in Anthropology

Vancouver Island University


Outstanding Graduating Anthropology Student Award

Canadian Anthropology Society

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral


Graduate award

University of Victoria

Outstanding Graduate Entrance Award

University of Victoria

International Spirit Award

Camosun College

Graduate Research Scholarship

University of Calgary


Guelke, K. (2021). The living Inca town: Tourist encounters in the Peruvian Andes. University of Toronto Press.

Guelke, K. & Hagestedt, E. (2020). Photovoice as a visual research method: Adaptations from projects in Peru and Ecuador. Journal of Latin American Communication Research 8(1-2):54-85.

Guelke, K. (2014/15). Tourist photography in Peru: An actor-network-theory approach to tourist photographs posted online. Material Culture Review 80/81:134-150.

Guelke, K. (2014). Shanti’s birthday: Reflections of a tourist/volunteer/anthropologist. Platforum 14:125 - 37.

Guelke, K. (2014). The diversity of gender roles in the Andes: Implications for tourism. Revista Turismo & Desenvolvimiento/Journal of Tourism and Development 21/22(1):317-327.

Guelke, K. (2004). Dietary choices in the Vilcanota Valley of Peru: Local opinions about taste and health value of common foods. Vis-á-vis: Explorations in Anthropology 7:26-37.