David Bowen gained his first degree in geography from the University of Oxford. His interest in academic study related to tourism started whilst organising walking tours and acting as curator of the Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya. As a result, he studied for an MSc in Tourism at Surrey University and, after joining Oxford Brookes University, completed a PhD entitled ‘Consumer Satisfaction on Long-Haul Tours'.
David is currently the Head of Doctoral Programmes in the Oxford Brookes Business School. This involves all aspects in the development of the PhD and DCM programmes - from selection and monitoring of doctoral candidates through to organisation and leadership of seminars and events. In relation to his own doctoral supervision, David has now co-supervised numerous candidates to successful completion at PhD level, including topics as diverse as tourism and anti-social behaviour (with Dr Jackie Clarke), the tourism demonstration effect (with David Bowie), and global brand equity in the restaurant industry (with Professor Yuksel Ekinci).
David also contributes to the MSc. Programme in International Tourism Management through leadership on various modules, such as Tourist Consumer Behaviour, and Tourism Synthesis. David has also lectured on a full range of undergraduate modules and acted as Field Chair for the undergraduate tourism courses over two periods, 1992-1996 and 1999-2004.
David Bowen's research interests focus on tourist consumer behaviour (especially tourist satisfaction) and research methods (especially participant observation). He has recently published on these and other topics in Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Service Industries Journal, Journal of Vacation Marketing and the International Journal of Tourism Research.
David is currently working on two funded projects with colleagues from the Oxford Brookes Business School. First, ‘Familiar places: tourist well-being and tourism sector consequences' (with Dr Jackie Clarke) is focussed on the effect that visiting familiar places has on tourists and the tourism industry and is based in two areas of Wales, the Gower Peninsula and the Mawddach Estuary. This research was originally supported by monies from Oxford Brookes University's Central Research Fund. However, it was expanded following the award of a British Academy/Leverhulme grant. Second, ‘Enclave resort tourism in the Maldives: the reality of benefits and non-benefits' (with Shahida Zubair and Professor Levent Altinay) is exploring how enclave development of resorts compare with non-enclave development in relation to economic dependency (especially the effect on local entrepreneurship) and sustainable tourism development (especially the effect on local participation in decision-making and socio-cultural integrity).