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Head of School – Law and Tourism

In 2006, following work with Durham University, that considered the effectiveness of performance measurement in local governance, and work with the Home Office on the night-time economy and licensing laws, I began employment at the University of Sunderland.

Since then, I have led the Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism department and developed courses in our Sunderland, London, and Hong Kong campuses and with our partners in Malaysia (SEGi), Nepal (ISMT), and Singapore (MDIS). In 2021 I was appointed Head of School – Law and Tourism.

My research interests include legislation around the night-time economy and liminal spaces for tourism in the developing world.

I am a travel enthusiast and have enjoyed hospitality and events in 74 countries.


  • Tourism policy and planning 
  • Governance
  • Tourism and the developing world
  • Poorism
  • Student experiences on field visits
  • Licensing laws and the night-time economy
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality 
  • Events
  • Programme development and management
  • Student experience
  • Change management
  • Performance measurement
  • Governance
  • Fieldwork
  • Social media
  • Travel
  • Transnational education

Last updated 18 April 2024