Curriculum Vitae


Dr Nagathisen A/L Katahenggam


Nagathisen Katahenggam undertook his PhD studies in Hospitality and Tourism at Taylor’s University. With a focus on heritage tourism and governance, he built his expertise in the touristification of heritage cities. Instead of taking the regular route to university after SPM, Nagathisen Katahenggam joined the government service after high school, being employed with the Malaysian Meteorological Service. Pursuing his dreams of university education, he enrolled at Universiti Utara Malaysia as a distance learning student, attaining his Bachelor in Public Management with First Class Honours. Continuing his Masters's in Public Management, he shifted his focus toward tourism and heritage city governance. Hailing from Penang, Nagathisen Katahenggam is a family man with 2 daughters. Passionate about the politics of touristification in heritage cities in Asia, he had authored several papers on government involvement in heritage tourism governance, placing himself as a pragmatist in rationalizing the state's role. With his industrial experience in the meteorological field, he is also passionate about linking the field of tourism with climatological concerns.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Taylor's University, Malaysia
  • The Degree of Master of Public Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Public Management With Honours, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Local Government Studies (State Patrimony)
  • Climate Change and Tourism (Climate Change and Tourism)
  • Tourism Studies (Touristification)
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Book Chapter
  • Katahenggam;, N. (2022) ‘Touristification Impacts’, in Buhalis, D. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Article in Journals
  • Katahenggam, N., Wee, V (2020). Contextualizing the Issue of touristification in Asia, International Journal of Tourism Cities. Vol. ahead-of-print (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Katahenggam, N. (2020). Tourist perceptions and preferences of authenticity in heritage tourism: visual comparative study of George Town and Singapore. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 18(4), 371-385. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
Article in Proceeding
  • Katahenggam;, N. (2018) ‘Contextualizing Issues of Governance and Heritage Tourism: A Study o f World Heritage Cities’, in Bouchon, F. A. L. and Kannaovakun, P. (eds) ASEAN Tourism Research Association Conference (ATRC) 2018, Phuket, Thailand, pp. 217–228.