John Thomas Mgonja (PhD)

  (Lecturer)

  P.O. Box: 3167

  Phone:+255 768 314906

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Biography:I obtained my doctorate degree from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. I received my B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, and M.Sc. in Food Quality Management majoring in food safety and supply net-chains and traceability systems from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Between 1999 and 2005, I worked as a Quality Assurance Manager in food processing companies, which mainly targeted export markets essentially Europe, Japan and Israel. In 2007 I worked as a Project Manager for KWIECO/APT, a project which focused on empowering rural destitute women in Kilimanjaro region. In 2008 I worked as a research officer at Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organisation (TIRDO).
In August, 2008, I diversified my career and transitioned to Sokoine University of Agriculture where I was employed as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Wildlife Management to do consultancies, research and teach courses related to food and tourism management. I have keen research interests in sustainable tourism development & poverty alleviation, community development, community-based tourism/ecotourism, food-tourism linkages, conservation, as well as visitors’ management.
While in Clemson, in 2014, I received an award as an outstanding Graduate Researcher at the HEHD Research Forum. In 2015, I received a Graduate Student Award of Excellence from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.


  John Thomas Mgonja (PhD)

  (Lecturer)

  P.O. Box: 3167

  Phone:+255 768 314906

  EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Research Area

 

 


Biography:I obtained my doctorate degree from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. I received my B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, and M.Sc. in Food Quality Management majoring in food safety and supply net-chains and traceability systems from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Between 1999 and 2005, I worked as a Quality Assurance Manager in food processing companies, which mainly targeted export markets essentially Europe, Japan and Israel. In 2007 I worked as a Project Manager for KWIECO/APT, a project which focused on empowering rural destitute women in Kilimanjaro region. In 2008 I worked as a research officer at Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organisation (TIRDO).
In August, 2008, I diversified my career and transitioned to Sokoine University of Agriculture where I was employed as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Wildlife Management to do consultancies, research and teach courses related to food and tourism management. I have keen research interests in sustainable tourism development & poverty alleviation, community development, community-based tourism/ecotourism, food-tourism linkages, conservation, as well as visitors’ management.
While in Clemson, in 2014, I received an award as an outstanding Graduate Researcher at the HEHD Research Forum. In 2015, I received a Graduate Student Award of Excellence from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.


Academic profile

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualification

When obtained

Institution attended

 

Ph.D. (Parks, Recreation and

Tourism Management )

 

(2011-2015)

 

Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

M.Sc. (Food Quality

Management)

(2005-2007)

Wageningen University and

Research centre, Wageningen, Netherlands

B.Sc. (Food Science and

Technology)

(1994-1998)

Sokoine University of

Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

Advanced level Secondary

School Certificate

(1991-1993)

Same Secondary School, Same,

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Ordinary level Secondary

school Certificate

 

(1987-1990)

Lyamungo secondary School,

Hai, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

 

 

 

Publications

PUBLICATIONS:

·         Mgonja, J. T., Backman, K. F., Backman, S. J., Moore, D.D. & Hallo, J.C. (In Press) Structural Model to Assess International VisitorsPerceptions about Local Foods in Tanzania. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

 

·         Mgonja, J.T. (2016). Local foods as an impetus for Strengthening Leisure, Recreation and Sustainable Tourism in East Africa, Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism (APJIHT) Volume 5, Issue 2.

 

·         Mgonja, J.T., Backman, K.F., Backman, S. J., Moore, D. & Hallo, J.C (2016 in Press).Factors Moderating and Mediating Visitors’ Perceptions about Local foods in Tanzania. Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism.

 

·         Mgonja, J. T., Sirima, A., & Mkumbo, P. J. (2015). A review of ecotourism in Tanzania: magnitude, challenges, and prospects for sustainability. Journal of Ecotourism, 1-14.

 

·         Mgonja, J. T., Sirima, A., Backman, K. F., & Backman, S. J. (2015). Cultural community-based tourism in Tanzania: Lessons learned and way forward. Development Southern Africa, 32(3), 377-391.

 

·         Mgonja, J. T., Luning, P., & Van der Vorst, J. G. (2013). Diagnostic model for assessing traceability system performance in fish processing plants. Journal of Food Engineering, 118 (2), pp 188-197.

 

·         Michael, M., Mgonja, J. T., & Backman, K. F. (2013). Desires of Community Participation in Tourism Development Decision Making Process: A Case Study of Barabarani, Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania. American Journal of Tourism Research, 2(1), 84-97.

·         Mgonja, J. T. and Kussaga, J.B. (2012) Evaluation of traceability systems in fish supply chains: A case study of Tanzania, PAK. J. FOOD SCI., 22(3) 133-142 ISSN:2226-5899.

 

·         Mgonja,  J.T.,  Geoffrey  R.Lacher,  Kenneth  F.  Backman,  Chi-Ok  Oh,  William  C. Norman. (2012). Concerns and preferences for sustainable tourism certifications in Tanzania: Presented at the international Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries (ICST-DC held in Zanzibar 8th -9th August, 2012.

 

·         Muganda Michael and Mgonja, J. T., (2012). Local community participation in tourism development decision making process: a case of mto wa mbu, Tanzania: Presented at the international Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries (ICST-DC held in Zanzibar 8th -9th August, 2012.

 

·         Mgonja, J.T. and Agnes Sirima (2012). Cultural Community Based Tourism in Tanzania: Lessons learned and a way forward. Presented at the 8th Atlas African conference; Africa tourism in global society: Central or peripheral? 3rd - 5th June 2013. Kigali, Rwanda.

·         Kitheka, BM, Nibigira, SC, Mgonja, J.T. & McGuire, FA, (2015 in progress). Play and Recreation in a Developing Country: Assessing Accessibility and Utility of the Public Gardens of Bujumbura, Burundi. Journal of Leisure Research.

 

·         Noe, F.P., Uysal, M. & Magnini, V.P. (2010). Tourist Customer Service Satisfaction: An Encounter Approach New York: Routledge Press. Reviewed by Mgonja, J.T., Clemson University, USA. Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism. APJIHT Vol. 1 No. 2 September 2012 pp. 112-114 ISSN 2289 – 1471.

 

·         Sirima, A., & Mgonja, J. T., (2015). Tanzania, Tourism. In J. Jafari & H. Xiao (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_1.

 

·         Mgonja, J. T. & Sirima, A. (2015). What makes the community’ in CBT? Reflecting on a CBT experience from Tanzania, in Novelli, M. (2015) Tourism and development in Sub-Saharan Africa: current issues and local realities Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415812344.

 

·         Evaluating local food-tourism linkages as a strategy for promoting sustainable tourism and economic development: a case of Tanzania. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA (2015).

 

·         Technological and managerial conditions contributing on the effective performance of the traceability system in the fish supply chain. The case study of Tanzania, Wageningen University, and Research Centre, the Netherlands (2007).

 

·         Susceptibility of sorghum cultivars stored under laboratory conditions in a manner simulating village conditions, the  case  study  of  Morogoro,  Sokoine University of Agriculture. Morogoro, Tanzania (1998).

 

·         Mgonja, J. T. & Sirima, A. (2015). What makes the ‘community’ in CBT? Reflecting  on a CBT experience from Tanzania, in Novelli, M. (2015) Tourism and development in Sub-Saharan Africa: current issues and local realities Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415812344.

 

 

 

Students Supervision

STUDENTS SUPERVISION:

 

Research & Consultancy

RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY:

 

Use of simple and appropriate technologies in developing new products for small scale food processors. Done for Tanzania Food Processors Association (TAFOPA) Tanga chapter (2005).

Empowering poor, vulnerable women in the Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania to have greater control over their lives (2007)

  Food safety and  hygiene  training  for  hotel  employees.  Done  for  KilimanjarKempinski Hotel, Dar es salaam, Tanzania (2008).

Quality assurance inspection for portable water manufacturing. Done for Dasani brand bottled water, Dar es salaam, Tanzania (2008).

 

Local community participation in tourism development decision making processa case of mto wa mbu, Arusha, Tanzania (2009).

 

Assessment of conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers in Kilombero- Rufiji Basin, Tanzania (2010).

 

Study on Land trusts and tourism, land trusts and volunteerism, land trusts and farmers in North and South Carolina, USA (2014).

 

Feasibility study on the best way to link local food producers and suppliers with hotels serving tourists in Tanzania-Charleston-South Carolina-USA (2015).

 

Evaluating Local Food-Tourism Linkages as a Strategy for Promoting SustainablTourism and Economic Development in Tanzania (2015).

 Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Great Serengeti- Mara Ecosystem (GSME) - drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies (2016).