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Dr. Noel Biseko Lwoga


Dr. Noel Biseko Lwoga is the Director General of the National Museum of Tanzania. He has worked in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, at the National College of Tourism, and the University of Dar es Salaam. He has been the Coordinator of Research, Consultancy and Publications in the College of Humanities, and the Head of Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, and a Senior Lecturer of Heritage Management and Tourism. He is the recipient of research and project grants from SIDA (Sweden), The World Academy of Science (TWAS-DFG) (Germany), the National Geographic Society (USA), Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI) (USA), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania UDSM-World Bank Project, Associated Middlewest College (ACM) (USA), African Archaeological Network (AAN) (Nigeria) and Inter-University Council Scholarships for East Africa (Uganda). Lwoga has written widely in international peer reviewed publications, and presented his findings in international conferences. His research works have given him opportunities supervise a number of Diploma, Master and PhD students in heritage and tourism, to be a Key Note Speaker and offer Professional Talks in a number of international conferences/workshops, and have given him honours such as “the Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award 2018” by the University of Johannesburg, “the 2018 Scholar Excelling in Publications” by the University of Dar es Salaam College of Humanities, and the “Best Paper Award” by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited. He is a member in a number of professional bodies including Society of Africanist Archaeologist (SAfA), International Council of Museums (ICOM), Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Heritage Tourism and Education Research Group - ATLAS, Tourism Research Cluster - Curtin University, and University of Dar es Salaam Academic Staff Association (UDASA).

Areas of Specialization in Consultancy:

Dr. Lwoga provides consultancy services in heritage tourism and heritage management areas such as:

  • Identification of cultural significance of heritage resources
  • Assessment of state of conservation of heritage resources
  • Designing of heritage management and conservation plans
  • Development of master plan for historic/heritage places
  • Identification of heritage tourism attractions
  • Planning for heritage tourism
  • Development of heritage tourism products
  • Community-based tourism project planning and development
  • Marketing of heritage and tourism destinations
  • Cultural heritage impact assessment
  • Entrepreneurship in heritage and tourism
  • Development of heritage and tourism policies and strategic plans
  • Designing of heritage and tourism curricula
  • Assessment of heritage and tourism curricula and training institutions
  • Designing of management frameworks for museums/historic places
  • Development of business plan for museums, cultural centres and tourism businesses
  • Development of marketing plan for museums, cultural centres and tourism businesses
  • Quantitative (Survey) and qualitative (ethnographic) research in heritage and tourism
  • Archaeological surveys
  • Write-up of heritage and tourism reports
  • Teaching and coaching in areas of heritage, tourism, conservation, museum and marketing

Areas of Specialisation in Research:

Dr. Lwoga’s research focuses on conservation, development and marketing of heritage and museums for tourism, and the analysis, engagement and management of stakeholders.
He integrates various approaches and theories in economics (tourism and marketing) and humanistic socio-cultural (ethnographical and archaeological) in examining pro-conservation behaviour among residents and heritage tourists, and the link between tourism and conservation. He is also keen at researching on heritage marketing including tourist consumption and perceptions, museum/heritage experiences, and local community attitudes and perceptions towards tourism and conservation, and at enhancing heritage conservation and its economics through community-based tourism. He applies both humanistic qualitative (e.g. ethnographic) and quantitative (e.g. multivariate statistics) methodologies and analyses in his research works.