Tourism and Events Research Group

The work of this Group reflects its position within a Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. This institutional context and the fresh perspectives that it fosters make us stand out from other tourism and events research groups around the world.

We have a strong track record in city tourism, mega-events, sport events / tourism, and air transport research; as well as emerging interests in experience design and sustainable tourism / events. Our work is internationally focused, reflecting the cosmopolitan profile of our staff and host city.

The work of the Tourism and Events Research Group links strongly to other Research Groups and Centres in the Faculty, for example we have shared interests in airport management, urban regeneration, creative industries and international development.

Members of the Group frequently give papers at conferences and seminars, publish books, and write articles for scholarly and professional journals. Several members of staff were submitted to the 2014 Research Evaluation Framework (to Unit 16). We organise regular seminars and research events, including two annual ‘showcase’ events which we use to disseminate our latest research.

We offer a supportive environment for PhD students and welcome new applications from research students interested in pursuing projects linked to our work. We regularly host visiting researchers and we have several Visiting Research Fellows, Visiting Professors and an Emeritus Professor (Robert Maitland) who all play an active role. Staff and students attached to the Group benefit from being located at the heart of one of the world’s most visited and most eventful cities.

The Group is co-led by Dr Anne Graham and Dr Andrew Smith.

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Members of staff involved with the Tourism and Events Research Group.

View of Waterloo Bridge

Research seminar series

Seminars showcasing the work of the Tourism and Events Research Group.



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