Research agenda

  • Research agenda

    The centre’s vision is to develop a portfolio of leading-edge research and consultancy projects across the expansive field of tourism and events management, with a focus on bridging research gaps where these areas intersect with other disciplines. We are currently working in the following areas:

    • The role of hospitality and tourism venues in boosting the wellbeing of the elderly population and the development of innovative health and social care models which improve quality of life whilst simultaneously adding economic value to the tourism sector.
    • Climate change adaptation forecasting and the development of tools to support destinations in planning for a climate-uncertain future.
    • Social entrepreneurship initiatives to alleviate entrenched social and economic hardship in less- and least- developed countries.
    • The development of the next generation of virtual reality tourism technologies and an analysis of their efficacy in real-world situations

    Our agenda is expanding as the centre grows and matures. If you would like to find out more about our projects or partners with us in undertaking research email us on

  • Get involved

  • The centre is firmly international in scope, working to build a portfolio of research and consultancy projects in the field of tourism, hospitality and events – and offers the opportunity for researchers to address key research gaps across this broad sector. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary studies and will be aiming to take advantage of the numerous points of intersection between tourism and other fields, including health and social care, natural science, computer science and technology. Please contact us to discuss any areas of potential collaboration or research.

    The centre aims to assist doctoral students in the early stages of their careers in tourism research. This support could take the form of advice on publication, pilot studies or facilitating access to specialist events and further funding. By capitalising on our expertise in securing funding and building partnerships on an international scale, we enable students to engage in activity which complements or extends the scope of their doctoral study. The assistance we offer ranges from helping students with small grant proposals to fund data collection, travel or pilot studies, to more involved support with post-doctoral fellowship applications. Ultimately, we want to develop the next generation of tourism researchers and create a supportive, collaborative environment in which high quality research can flourish.

    We are pleased to be offering PhD studentships. Contact us for more information.

    Does your doctoral thesis interface with tourism, hospitality or events management? If so we would be pleased to hear from you to discuss how the Centre may be able to support you in your research activity. Contact us for more information.

  • Contact us
    Oxford Brookes Business School
    Wheatley Campus
    Oxford OX33 1 HX
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 485858