About us

The Tourism and Events Research Hub aims to provide a clearly defined research and knowledge exchange offer to the visitor economy in Kent and beyond.

It brings together a team of researchers with areas of expertise ranging from tourism, culture and the arts, stakeholder analysis, participation and engagement, UK policy, destination management and marketing  to collaborate on research and consultancy projects, provide bespoke training to the sector and access to a wide range of resources.

Within our University setting, we are also in a unique position to network with a wide range of researchers with skills and expertise that may be drawn upon to contribute to specific projects when additionally required.

As our profiles below will demonstrate, the ‘Hub’ team has a wide range of experience in research and consultancy over a number of years.  The Tourism and Events Research Hub aims to consolidate the combined experiences and skills of the team, with the aim of raising our profile as a more integral part of the visitor economy, with a clearly defined research and knowledge exchange offer. 

Meet the team 

  
Karen Thomas

Dr Karen Thomas (Director)

Destination management and marketing; UK policy making for the visitor economy; stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange

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Ken Aduhene

Dr Ken Aduhene

Tourism and international development

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Jim Butcher

Dr Jim Butcher

Human geography; cultural politics and policy; international tourism policy and development

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Jane Lovell

Dr Jane Lovell

Heritage and cultural partnerships; employing visual methodologies; implementing light shows

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Adesola Osinaike

Adesola Osinaike

Revenue and performance management in tourism, leisure and events

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Richard Pole

Richard Pole

Geographical Information Systems; project management; arts tourism; questionnaire design and analysis.

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Julie Scott

Dr Julie Scott

Sustainable community based tourism development; cultural destinations and local livelihoods; sustainable tourism management training; gambling and casino tourism.

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Zanda Serdane

Zanda Serdane

Destination marketing; services marketing and management, tourism marketing.

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Marion Stuart-Hoyle

Dr Marion Stuart-Hoyle

Tourism as a subject in higher education; heritage tourism; tourism marketing; transition into higher education

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Lorna Thomas

Lorna Thomas

Heritage tourism; dark tourism, tourism in Africa

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Peter Vujakovic

Prof. Peter Vujakovic

Mapping and sense of place, with interests in use of visitor maps in 'place branding' and access issues

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Contact us

Dr Karen Thomas
Director, Tourism and Events Research Hub

T: 01227 922691

Hub Administrator

E: tourismhub@canterbury.ac.uk

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