Sustainable Development Research in the School of Tourism

Sika Deer

The School of Tourism is home to a group of researchers specialising in Sustainable Development – one of the key focus areas for our international and national research engagement and REF success. Our group’s research skills and experience fall under the three pillars of sustainable development in areas including business, economics, transport, creative industries, environmental conservation, rural development and agriculture.

Research Focus:

Recent research focus has been the Digital Destinations – Exchanging Digital Technology Knowledge in Local Tourism Economies; Water Equity and Tourism; Natural disaster management challenges in the Pacific coast of Japan; Sixth Sense Transport; Impact of the Live Music Bill on Live Music in the UK, Slow Tourism for a Lower Carbon Future; a Bespoke CGE Model to Evaluate the Effects of Alternative Global Carbon Deals; Sustainable Tourism Development in the New Forest National Park in UK and the Jiuzhaigou National Park in China; Economic Impact of Wildlife Tourism in Scotland; Agricultural Reform and Rural Development in the Countries of Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. Other recent consultancies and commissioned research projects include an assessment of the value of farm demonstration Diffuse Pollution Open Days for DEFRA and a review of rural tourism research for the South West Regional Development Agency. The group has undertaken a project to develop a Centre for Tourism and the Environment for the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan. Our School is also home to the National Coastal Tourism Academy (funded by the UK Government) and the Disaster Management Research Centre.

Our research projects have been funded by a wide range of international and national agencies that include UNWTO, UNESCO, European Union (under Inco Copernicus, Framework V and development programmes such as LEADER, PHARE AND TEMPUS), ESRC, EPSRC, UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, HM Revenue and Customs, UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Scottish Government, British Council, British Academy, Royal Geographic Society, Tourism Concern, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Regional Development Agencies in the UK and in Europe and regional agencies including the Exmoor National Park and SouthWest Toursism.

Our researchers collaborate with other University departments across the EU and UK (for instance, the University of Exeter, University of Southampton, and London Metropolitan University) and other Schools of Bournemouth University. Researchers continue to be involved with a number of national and international organisations and independent consultants in a range of projects both in the UK and overseas.

Research Projects:

Sixth Sense Transport
Consumer Expectation as an Agent of Change in the Agri-food industries of Central and Eastern Europe
Opportunities for and barriers to the development of tourism in rural areas of selected Central and Eastern European Countries
Rainbow – a project in Heritage Interpretation
Impact of the Tsunami on the Tourism Industry and Ecosystem of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India


Our researchers have produced many high quality publications on sustainability aspects:

The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place and Space (2014 / forthcoming)
Tourism in the Green Economy (2014 / forthcoming)
Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability (2012)
Policy and Practice for Global Tourism (2011)
Slow Tourism and Travel (2010)
Tourism and Entrepreneurship (2009)
Sustainable Tourism (2009)

For our Journal Articles, please visit our Online Research Repository: BURO

Conferences & Symposiums:

The members of the Sustainable Development Research have organised several international conferences in the UK and overseas on topics related to Economics, Sustainability and Climate Change:

Internet of Cars: Sixth Sense Project Exhibition and Symposium (2014)
The Second International Conference on Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability (2012)
The Third Conference of the International Association of Tourism Economics (2011)
Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability (2009)

PhD completions:

Recent PhD completions supervised by the Group include: Climate change and the barriers to travel behaviour change, Adopting tourism for a lower carbon future: Life cycle analysis, and Understanding Chinese Travellers’ Travel Experiences in the UK.


Tourism, Alcohol and Public Health – tensions and opportunities
BU research featured on BBC’s Monkey Planet
Green Tourism:  Bournemouth Research Chronicle