Rethinking decent work: the value of dignity in employment

Live 1 hour online video conference with IHMA Fellow Anke Winchenbach at the University of Surrey, UK

Date: Friday April 24th

Time: Noon Eastern

Zoom Conference call information provided upon registration

In this session Anke Winchenbach will provide a brief summary of her research on dignity at work, particularly focusing on her recent publication ‘Rethinking decent work: the value of dignity in tourism employment’ in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. While dignity is widely acknowledged as a key driver for ‘good’ work, to date little conceptual grounding on the value of dignity in tourism employment has been established, an omission this session seeks to address and discuss. Anke will introduce a psychosocial model of dignity at work, which considers individual, organisational and socio-economic and policy contexts, and how each of those might promote or violate dignified working experiences. Finally the critical importance of dignity in tourism employment for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is discussed.

Our guest:

Fellow Anke Winchenbach is an ESRC funded PhD researcher and teaching fellow in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research focuses on understanding livelihood diversification from fishing into tourism in coastal communities in the UK. Utilising dignity as the guiding concept, the project will explore how people experience and understand their lives in relation to their work in times of social change and declining natural resources. As a first output of her research she recently published ‘Rethinking decent work: the value of dignity in tourism employment’ in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Anke joined IHMA in 2019 and has since participated in several debates and seminars. More recently she established a joined research interest with other IHMA fellows for bringing humanistic management more into tourism studies.

Previously, Anke worked at NEF Consulting (the consultancy arm of the New Economic Foundation), supporting organisations on their journey towards a new sustainable economy by developing an understanding of value for money that includes social and environmental outcomes alongside the economic costs and benefits. Anke is a trained Economy for the Common Good (ECG) consultant, and active supporter of ECG internationally and in the UK. She holds a Masters with distinction in Tourism, Environment and Development from King’s College London, and has worked in several managerial roles in Travel & Tourism. Anke relaxes with running, yoga and Pilates, and loves exploring new places.


Jennifer Hancock is the author of several award winning books and the founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is considered one of the top speakers and writers in the world of Humanism today. Her professional background is varied including stints in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. She has served as Director of Volunteer Services for the Los Angeles SPCA, sold international franchise licenses for a biotech firm, was the Manager of Acquisition Group Information for a ½ billion dollar company and served as the executive director for the Humanists of Florida before founding her own company. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association. (

Elizabeth Castillo is an associate professor at CISA – Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University and affiliated faculty at the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment.Castillo’s scholarship is focused on how we can create a sustainable economy that works for everyone. Dr. Castillo addresses this problem by investigating capitalization of organizations, particularly the role that intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, and political capital) play in producing social, financial, and environmental returns (the triple bottom line). Her interdisciplinary research is inspired by two decades of management experience in the nonprofit sector, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association. You can find her at:

Continuing Education:

Humanist Learning Systems is our learning partner for this series. This program has been submitted to HRCI and SHRM for 1 hour continuing education credits and participants will be able to receive certificates of completion at the end of the session. To learn more about Humanist Learning Systems visit: