Tourism Research and Projects
The University of Surrey is one of the leading national and international centres for research in tourism:
Our guiding principles are that our research and scholarship should:
- be of national and international excellence and significance
- be focused on our key strengths and areas of expertise
- result in useful research outputs - in particular commissioned research and articles in high quality peer-reviewed journals
- be relevant for, supported and respected by key stakeholders
- be sustainable
- encourage collaboration and
- support and develop learning and teaching
In the 2008 National Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Surrey entered the largest research team in the field of tourism and hospitality and was rated one of the top research groups.
All research in the Surrey Business and Management submission was judged to be recognised nationally with 90% recognized internationally, and 60% internationally excellent or world-leading. The profile of tourism and hospitality research was highlighted by the RAE panel who commented that "the majority of world-leading research outputs were submitted from the Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, and Tourism and Hospitality Management groups". The number of research students was also commended by the panel as being twice the average for these subjects. Esteem recognition was judged to be of a high standard and the panel noted "evidence of international excellence in fellowships, keynotes and plenary deliveries and prizes; and world leading standards in editorship, and advisory roles." Finally the panel commended the engagement with industry and commerce finding it to be "of world-leading standard as is fitting to the strategic aims and disciplines of the School and is especially evident in the Hotel and Tourism Group."
Commenting on the results, Professor John Tribe said, "I am delighted that tourism and hospitality research at Surrey has once again been so highly rated. This confirms our position as a leading research centre in the UK and the important contribution that Surrey makes to research of global significance. It also highlights the unique role Surrey plays in research leadership, doctoral education and engagement with the industry and commerce."
Since 2000, Surrey has attracted over £1 million in funding for research in the fields of tourism and hospitality.
Recent research projects have been conducted for a range of government and industry bodies including the European Union (EU), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the UNWTO, ITCA, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Current Research and Recent Research
Tourism Group Publications
Recent Research Publications
Additional Research Publications
Tourism Research Projects
Our Key Areas
In tourism our main strengths and areas of expertise are in Tourism Management and Development, specialising in:
- Culture, Heritage and Identity
- Economics and Demand Forecasting
- Education and Theory
- Human Resources Development and Labour Markets
- Social Tourism and Exclusionary Practices
- Sustainability and Ethics
- Tourism, Policy and Development Theory
- Visual and Visuals
Surrey continuously hosts tourism and hospitality conferences and events for national and international audiences.
These include one-day seminars, industry events and ground-breaking forums.
Events are held in conjunction with organisations such as ITCA, CHME, CHRIE, HCIMA, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and The Tourism Society to maximise the opportunities to share research and best practice.