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Centre for Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Visitor Economy

We are developing critical evidence to inform public and private governance of the visitor economy, in the UK and globally.

Research aims

Centre for Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Visitor Economy (SWELL) logo

We strive to deliver research and teaching which drives inspiration for an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable society with a particular focus on the transport, tourism, hospitality and events industries. With a truly interdisciplinary group of academics, we work with intergovernmental organisations, industry and NGOs. We focus on the following key areas:

  • Sustainability evidence-based policy making
  • Industry’s acceptance of responsibility for sustainable development
  • Sustainable development and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable and efficient transportation
  • Sustainability marketing, product design and communication.

Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events (HaRM)

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Aligning ‘well-being’ and ‘human rights’ together, specifically in the context of major events, SWELL is home to the new research ‘Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events’ (HaRM). HaRM’s work is focused around three Pillars: 1) human exploitation and trafficking, 2) urban regeneration and development: Community disruption and displacement, and 3) Visitor economies and experiences: Organisational and behavioural barriers to community leveraging. More detailed information about HaRM, research topics, and experts involved can be found on the HaRM webpage.

Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy Institute (GESPi)

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The Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy Institute (GESPi) conducts research on how to achieve more sustainable forms of development and how to promote wellbeing through the tourism, hospitality, events and other service sectors. This includes getting a better understanding regarding the role of tourism and the services sectors within communities in enabling the diversification of livelihoods and promoting sustainable entrepreneurship and employment, particularly for marginalised communities, including promoting gender empowerment. We analyse how policy adjustments and stakeholder collaborations can generate positive change and inclusive growth. For more information please see the GESPi website.

Find an expert


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Professor Susanne Becken

VC Research Fellow

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Nicole Cocolas

Lecturer in Transport Management

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Professor Scott Cohen

Professor of Tourism and Transport, School Director of Research

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Dr Michael Duignan

Head of Department and Reader in Events

Cristina Figueroa Domecq profile image

Dr Cristina Figueroa Domecq

Marie Curie Research Fellow

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Professor Leo Jago

Emeritus Professor

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Dr Albert Kimbu

Reader, Head of Department of Tourism and Transport

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Dr Yanning Li

Lecturer in Events Management

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Professor Graham Miller

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Sustainability in Business

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Professor Nigel Morgan

Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Dr Pablo Pereira Doel

ESRC Research Fellow

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Dr Alector Ribeiro

Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management

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Professor Caroline Scarles

Professor of Technology in Society, Director of Centre of Digital Transformation in the Visitor Economy

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Professor Daniel Scott

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow

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Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Transport

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Dr Anna Torres-Delgado

Marie Curie Research Fellow

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Dr Lorna Wang

Deputy Head, Department of Hospitality

Postgraduate research students

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Ruhual Amin

Postgraduate Research Student

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Rachel Chang

Postgraduate research student

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David Cloarec

PhD Researcher

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Gloria Crabolu

PhD Researcher

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Sara Dalir

PhD researcher

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Christy Hehir

Programme Leader and Lecturer in Events / PhD Researcher (Environmental Psychology & Travel)

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Lori Hoy

PhD Researcher

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Mohamed Ibrahim

Postgraduate Research Student

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Yuting Jiang

Postgraduate Research Student

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Minhee Jung

PhD Researcher

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Wanwisa Khampanya

Postgraduate Research Student

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Hye Rhim Kim

PhD Researcher

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Youngsoo Kim

PhD student

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Xiaotong Ma

Postgraduate Research Student

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Luigina Montano

PhD Researcher

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Harald Rice

PhD Student

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Shoukry Rozek

Postgraduate Research Student

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Prosanjit Saha

Postgraduate Research Student

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Lauren Siegel

PhD Researcher

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Bert Smit

Postgraduate Research Student

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Whitney Smith

PhD Student

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Jenny Suno Wu

Postgraduate Research Student

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Darina Svobodova

PhD Researcher

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Anke Winchenbach

Teaching Fellow and PhD Researcher