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I first joined the University of Westminster in 2006 as a PhD candidate and a guest lecturer at the Centre for Tourism and Events, and later (2010-11) I became an associate researcher with the department of Urban Planning and Regeneration (within FABE). Between September 2011 and June 2014 I was course leader for the BA Tourism Management and senior lecturer in Tourism at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Prior to joining the University of Westminster and Anglia Ruskin University I worked at the Lille Development Agency (France), department of Culture and European Relations.


I lecture on Events and Tourism undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and I supervise students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level. I have taught a range of subjects including Tourism Management, Tourism Marketing, Events and Conference Management, Heritage Tourism, Urban Tourism, Leisure and Recreation, Events tourism; Economic and Cultural Development and Research Methods. I have a PGCert in Teaching and Learning and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

PhD supervision

Michael Duignan 'Exploring the experiences and local legacies of London's 2012 Olympic borough small businesses: competing stakeholder interests in complex mega-event projects'

Seth Kirby 'Regional socio-economic and tourism impacts of mega-events for achieving sustainable host community legacies'


My main research areas are urban tourism, cultural events, creative industries, and events and urban regeneration. My doctoral research (completed in 2010) looked at the role played by creative industry clusters in the development of tourism in non-central urban areas. In 2010-11 I worked - within a team of five led by Prof. Marion Roberts (from FABE) - on a research project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This study aimed to investigate the influence of location-based factors in youth leisure behaviours, with a focus on alcohol consumption.

In the past few years I have also been working, as lead investigator, on a study on the role of the Olympic Games' cultural programme in fostering local creativity, a project initially funded by a grant of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). I have also done work on urban tourists' experiences of green spaces in Cambridge, using GPS technology. Recently I have been involved with 'S-Low Cities', a network of six European Cities led by the Centre for Territorial Studies at the University of Bergamo, Italy.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.