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 Eric  Koenig

Eric Koenig

Eric Koenig




B.A., Anthropology: Beloit College - 2011
M.A., Applied Anthropology (Heritage Studies concentration): University of South Florida - 2016

Advisor : E. Christian Wells


Eric Koenig, M.A., is a Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida. His research interests and professional aspirations focus on sustainable development, heritage conservation, public policy, tourism, and human and indigenous rights issues, particularly for marginalized groups of people in the Americas. Over three summer seasons of research between 2013 and 2015 as part of an interdisciplinary team investigating perceptions and practices of tourism and waste(water) management, Eric conducted multi-methods ethnographic research on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize, investigating various local, national, and tourist conceptions of coastal heritage and their implications for community-based tourism and sustainable development initiatives. Currently, he is working on a heritage conservation and tourism development project in partnership with community-based organizations in the predominately Garifuna afro-indigenous village of Seine Bight on the peninsula, which will serve as the foundation for his dissertation research at USF.