Staff Profile


Dr Jane Lovell

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922374

Profile summary

BA American Studies (University of Hull, University of New Mexico, 1987), MSc Tourism and Environmental Science (University of Kent 2003) PhD Tourism Studies Cities of Imagination: Staged Authenticity in Historic Cities (2013).

I am a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at Canterbury Christ Church University.  My research focus is authentic and inauthentic places and experiences, ifocusing on heritage cities and sites and including creative spaces, film, gentrified and and performative environments. I also study Canadian and American tourism and visual methodologies.

In a tourism development role at Canterbury City Council, I enjoyed balancing the needs of a district which includes a World Heritage Site, a cathedral city, two very different seaside resorts and rural areas. Key responsibilities included devising the Tourism and Interpretation Strategy for Canterbury District and delivering capital projects such as moving the Visitor Information Centre. I managed the city-wide, 100-day BLOK Sculpture Show (in partnership with English Heritage and the University of the Creative Arts) and led the British side of the Interreg-funded, £285,000 project Cathédrales de Lumière, staging light shows at the cathedrals of Amiens, Rouen Canterbury and Rochester in 2005.

I  spent ten years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, strengthening expertise in arts management by developing systems with the Box Office, Marketing, Membership, Friends and Trust Departments. My projects included COMET (Customer Orientated Management and Event Ticketing) designed to raise money for the 105M Royal Opera House Millennium re-opening.

 I continue to deepen my interest in light shows, staging the 2012 Canterbury Christ Church University Golden Jubilee event attended by 2700 people, using projection mapping techniques to animate the campus buildings.

Research and knowledge exchange


Partner with American Studies in the American Footsteps Trail, exploring historic American links to East Kent, in particular the sites of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The project will involve the local community in creating an online trail for visitors interested in American Tourism.

Member of the Canterbury Christ Church University Tourism and Events Research Hub

Teaching and subject expertise

Particular expertise in teaching heritage and creative placemaking. Previously, I designed the Events Management and Events Planning programmes, acting as Programme Director for eight years.

Module leader:


Heritage and the Creative Industries

Creative Places for Events and Tourism

Events Operational Design


Creative Destinations

Events Design and Production

External activities


Member of the Council of the British Association of Canadian Studies (BACS).

Chair Canterbury Heritage Partnership.

Steering group, East Kent City of Culture 2017 bid.

Co-director COAST (Cultural Offers in Seaside Towns) symposia:

  • On the Threshold, Culture and Change in Towns by the Sea at Canterbury Christ Church University 2013
  • The Cultural Life of Seaside Towns at Turner Contemporary 2014

Co-Organiser A Festival Career British Arts Festivals Association Student Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University 2014


External Examiner in Events Management at Westminster and University of Central Lancashire Universities, previously at Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and Brighton Universities. External Advisor in Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett, Queen Mary and York St. John Universities. 

Guest Lecturer

University College London Canadian Studies: "Haida Timelessness and Staged Authenticity".

Westminster University MSc Tourism and Events: "Historic Cities, Cathedrals and World Heritage".

Conference Presentations

  • The Timelessness of Postmodern Heritage Cities Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Annual Conference University of Aalborg, Denmark May 2009
  • Postmodern Heritage Cities: From Real to Fake  Leisure Studies Association Conference  Canterbury Christ Church University  July 2009
  • Historic Cities: From Real to Fake, Visual Methodologies 1st International Visual Methods Conference University of Leeds September 2009
  • From Betty's Tea Shop to Fish and Chips: English Historic City Authenticity Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Annual Conference University of Cyprus November 2010
  • ‘Really real? Placebo heritage and Performative Authenticity in English Historic Cities’   ‘Advancing the Social Science of Tourism.’ University of Surrey July 2011
  • Really real? Placebo heritage and Performative Authenticity in English Historic Cities’  ‘Setting the Agenda for Special Interest Tourism:Past, Present and Future’ International Conference on Tourism.University of Crete May2012
  • Hyper-real Events – Buildings in Motion Making Waves - AEME (Association of Events Management) Annual Conference University of Bournemouth July 2013
  • Future Dreaming – East Kent’s City of Culture Bid Association of Events Management Education Conference Sheffield Hallam University July 2014
  • Lovell, J. and Hitchmough, S. An American Yell: Buffalo Bill and the Wild West in East Kent Research Without Borders Symposium Canterbury Christ Church University July 2015
  • Fox, K. and Lovell, J. Landscape without borders: an analysis of the role of the desert in the narrative seriality and visual storytelling of Breaking Bad 2008-2013. Research without Borders Canterbury Christ Church University July 2015
  • Future Dreaming - Transformativity in East Kent's City of Culture bid 2017  ATLAS Conference Canterbury Christ Church University September 2016

Publications and research outputs


Lovell, J (forthcoming) ‘Buildings in Motion: Hyperreality, Simulacra, Light Shows and Son et Lumiere’ in Rickly, J. and Vidon, E. (Eds.) Authenticity and Tourism: Productive Debates, Creative Discourses. Emerald

Lovell, J. and Bull, C. (2017, forthcoming) Authentic and Inauthentic Places in Tourism: From Heritage Sites to Theme Parks (Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility). Routledge.

Weed, M., Bull, C., Brown, M., Dowse, S., Lovell, J., Mansfield, L. and Wellard, I., (2014) A systematic review and meta-analyses of the potential local economic impact of tourism and leisure cycling and the development of an evidence-based market segmentation. Tourism Review International18(1), pp.37-55.

Lovell, J. (2010) ‘The Postmodern Heritage City: From Real to Fake’,  in Lovell,J and Stuart-Hoyle, M. (Eds).  Leisure Experiences: Space, Place and Performance Leisure Studies Association, Vol. 10

Lovell, J. (2009) 'Post-modern Heritage, Chivalry, Park and Ride: Le Tour Comes to Canterbury.' in Ali-Knight, J. (Ed.) International Perspectives of Festivals and Events: Paradigms of Analysis, p.265)

Bull, C. and Lovell, J., (2009). The impact of hosting major sporting events on local residents: An analysis of the views and perceptions of Canterbury residents in relation to the Tour de France 2007. Journal of Sport & Tourism12(3-4), pp.229-248.

Stuart-Hoyle, M. and Lovell, J. (2006) 'Liberating the heritage city: Towards cultural engagement'. Cultural Tourism in a Changing World, p.290.


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