NET-STaR - Network for Social Tourism and Regeneration

NET-STaR is a seminar series supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  NET-STaR will create a network to explore the potential of social tourism as a regeneration strategy in the UK, drawing on scholarship from tourism, family and social policy, regeneration and spatial planning.  Social tourism involves encouraging visitors to destinations in need of regeneration, often during the shoulder season, and / or offering holidays to the disadvantaged. Though well-established as part of public policy in much of mainland Europe, in the UK it is largely dependent on the charitable sector. To date, research in the field has been partial and fragmented, originating from different disciplines, and interaction between academics and practitioners has been limited.

The network breaks new ground by bringing together academics, policymakers and industry figures to examine existing academic work and debate policy experiences in a series of six seminars. Each seminar explores different aspects of social tourism with an emphasis on its role in regeneration and potential contribution to policy. The series as a whole provides a synthesised review of knowledge that will identify new research directions and point to innovative policy that is underpinned by theoretically informed research, collaborative in its approach, and cost-effective.

Research seminar series

Twice a year the Tourism and Events Research Groups hosts seminars showcasing tourism and events research by academics affiliated to the University of Westminster. The series aims to disseminate the key findings from recent research projects, and to provoke debate amongst the panel and the audience.