Tamás Régi is an Associate Professor at the Tourism Department at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences, Budapest and a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Ethnology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He graduated in 2003 at the Social and Visual Anthropology Department at the University of Miskolc, Hungary and earned his Ph.D. in 2011 at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. In the past decade he was teaching in the Sociology Department at Keimyung University, in South Korea and at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He was also a visiting researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK.
His main research area is the anthropology of human mobility with a particular interest in the politics of tourism, heritage and migration in Africa. He is also interested in material culture, economic anthropology and the anthropology of art especially in a contemporary context. He had conducted anthropological fieldwork among the South-Ethiopian, semi nomad Mursi people, who currently face a huge government pressure to resettlement. Currently he investigates the possible social and cultural answers this small scale pastoral society can give for the growing political pressure of the federal state and the role of heritage and culture in this process.