Membership Level: Fellow FTS
School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management, Faculty of Business and La
Company: Manchester Metropolitan University
Telephone: 0161 247 2745
Dr Chris Stone is Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, holds a PhD in tourism development (Sheffield Hallam University), and has been teaching, researching, and providing consultancy services in the tourism field for over twenty years.
He has extensive experience of delivering tourism consultancy studies in a former position as Managing Consultant with a UK-based private sector company and subsequently while in academia, for a range of private, public, and not-for-profit sector clients including tourist attractions, major tourism/hospitality companies and also tourism SMEs, public: private tourism development partnerships, UK government agencies for sport, recreation, nature conservation, and heritage, economic development agencies, local authorities (including National Parks), European and international governments, NGOs and major landowners.
Chris has bid for, won and delivered Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects in collaboration with UK tourism companies and destinations, and has led and advised government-sponsored destination tourism development and regeneration planning projects.
A sound professional reputation is evinced by his appointment as tourism academic expert to assist the work of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, and professional accreditations as Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist. Also membership of professional associations including the Tourism Society (1996; Fellow); the Institute of Place Management (Fellow); the Higher Education Academy (Fellow); and the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
Chris's background is firmly in environmental policy planning and management for 'sustainable development'. He won a national 'greening the curriculum' award for devising courses in 'responsible' and 'sustainable' tourism - at under- and postgraduate levels - at Manchester Metropolitan University, and students studying his taught courses may gain a 'Carbon Literacy' certificate in addition to their regular study credits.
A qualified university educator with 25 years' experience of teaching, research, quality assurance in higher education, Chris's PhD (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) assessed approaches to 'sustainable'/'responsible' destination development and he remains an active researcher, presenting at international conferences and publishing in academic journals and books.
He reviews regularly for major international academic journals including 'Tourism Management' (gained the journal's 'Outstanding Reviewer’ accolade in 2015) amongst others; supervises and examines postgraduate research degree projects (to MPhil/PhD; including via Skype!); organises conferences; & has served on numerous conference committees. Chris has a record of tourism External Examiner appointments in UK, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, serving at under- and postgraduate levels, and has supported UK exports by being invited to speak as part of British trade delegations. He has served as external expert on numerous course validation, review and revalidation panels at UK and international universities, and has conceived, validated, and managed university tourism degree programmes.
Keywords - Tourism policies Tourism planning Tourism programmes Tourism projects Tourism management Tourism performance Rural tourism Ecotourism Tourism education Tourism higher education Responsible Tourism Sustainable Tourism Tourism and Social Media Tourism Ecolabelling Environmental Reporting for Tourism and Hospitality Destination image, marketing and branding Corporate Social Responsibility CSR in Tourism Social Tourism Community-responsive tourism planning and development Festivals and events Sustainable Development Sustainability.
Extra Speaker Subjects:
Tourism in higher education, tourism and climate change, tourism and the environment (including National Parks issues), ‘ecotourism', tourism ‘ecolabelling’, ‘community-led’ tourism development approaches, tourism and ethics; the ‘responsible tourist’, environmental management and reporting in the tourism industry, responsible business, tourism and ‘social exclusion’, tourism policy, planning, management and performance, destination image, marketing & management, tourism futures.