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Research in Tourism is underpinned by a critical approach that takes into account the experiential dimension of tourism, hospitality and events as well as the varied geographical contexts in which these take place. The department produces thought-provoking research that addresses the changing role of tourism, hospitality and events in contemporary societies.
A beautiful island and surrounding sea

Tourism

Research in the Tourism Research Cluster is underpinned by a critical approach that takes into account the experiential dimension of tourism, hospitality and events as well as the varied geographical contexts in which these take place. The department produces thought provoking research that addresses the changing role of tourism, hospitality and events in contemporary societies. Research themes are as follows:

  • Cultural heritage, visual cultures, cultural industries and their intersection with tourism, hospitality and events
  • Festivals and events –particularly service quality and consumption of experiences in events; alternative events; the use of social media
  • Tourism theories including embodiment, mobilities, post-colonialism and decolonisation
  • Sustainable urban tourism  - particularly the use of city spaces and how tourists experience these spaces; use of technology; planning of city spaces for tourism
  • Destination management and marketing
  • Inclusive pedagogies in tourism 

We nurture a vibrant research culture that supports new initiatives and fosters innovation. Ourresearch culture includes a series of seminars which offer the chance to hear scholars from the UK and overseas as well as our PhD students. We work as a team and collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders to develop interdisciplinary research that is relevant, academically rigorous and which maximises impact. Our work supports teaching with the development of a research active curriculum that enhances the learning experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Specific objectives have been set to meet these aims:

  • To promote research excellence
  • To increase the levels of research income through externally funded research
  • To attract new students for our research degree programmes and improve the existing students’ experience.
  • To raise the profile of the research cluster and nurture a vibrant research environment that supports new initiatives and fosters innovation
  • To work cooperatively with a range of partners in initiatives that foster direct collaboration between researcher and practitioner and which promotes impact

Areas of research

Our research is underpinned by a critical approach that takes into account the experiential dimension of tourism, hospitality and events as well as the varied geographical contexts in which these take place. We aim at producing thought provoking research that addresses the changing role of tourism, hospitality and events in contemporary societies. These are the main areas of research we cover:

  • Cultural heritage tourism
  • Festivals and events
  • Cultural industries and their intersection with tourism
  • Tourism theories
  • Tourism embodiment
  • Mobilities
  • Post-colonialism and decolonisation
  • Visual research in tourism
  • Urban tourism
  • Coastal and Island Tourism.
  • Tourism and hospitality planning and Development
  • Islamic hospitality

Knowledge exchange / External engagement

We are committed to knowledge exchange and we wish to develop new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. We welcome enquires from potential clients from tourism, hospitality and events businesses and we are happy to explore potential collaborations.

Applying for a PhD

We welcome applications from potential PhD candidates as well as professional doctorate students. We are particularly interested in projects that complement and extend our existing strengths. We actively encourage you to discuss your research idea with us before you submit an application. If you would like to make an inquiry please contact Dr Pau Obrador. For more information on research degrees please click here.

Visiting scholars

We welcome queries from academics interested in conducting collaborative work, with the potential to result in high-quality outputs or funding applications. We are happy to support high quality applications from international visiting scholars and post-doctoral funding schemes. Please see our academic staff interests on this site and contact potential collaborators directly.

We are delighted to announce that Prof Nigel Morgan from the University of Surrey has been appointed Visiting Professor in Tourism and Events.