Kathy Velander

Kathy Velander

Dr Kathy Velander

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Public Engagement Activity

  • 2000 – 2007 Developed and ran School of Life Sciences Schools Challenge forup to 120 S5 and S6 students (oversubscribed from year 4 onwards)
  • On Going – presentations to general audiences on natural history topics (Wildlife organisations, rural societies, schools, etc. including: Edinburgh Zoological Society, FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group), SWT (Scottish Wildlife Trust), Deep Sea W
  • Daley, R., Lawes, L. and Velander, K.A (2012) Collaboration and creativity - developing cross-institution development programmes, Discover Beltane , Royal Museum of Scotland, 22 March, 2012.

 

Invited Speaker

  • Sustainable Ecotourism – development of module for Sustainable Tourism Programme. Graduate School of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Zagreb Croatia; February 2007.
  • Barak, J. (2011) Renewable energy solutions for Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie, Scotland. K. Velander (editor), Edinburgh Napier University Biofuels Centre.
  • Enhancing SME's commercial opportunities related to Arctic wildlife tourism. 27 – 31 October, Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) Viirinkankaantie 1, Rovaniemi, Finland. (Invited Participant)
  • EUROPARC Workshop – Living Landscapes – Research: Practice partnerships in Europe’s protected areas. 15th-18th September, Gut Siggen, North Germany. Courtesy of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (Invited Participant)
  • O’Sullivan, C., Velander, K and Foley, S. (2004) The role of insects in callitrichid nutrition. ECRR Conference, Edinburgh.
  • O’Sullivan, C., Velander, K.A. and Foley, S. (2002) The role of insects in primate nutrition: How is chitin utilized? ERCC conference, Edinburgh.
  • O’Sullivan, C., Foley, S. and Velander, K. (2003) The role of insects in callitrichid nutrition. Zoo Nutrition News. EAZA. Third European Zoo Nutrition Meeting. Antwerp 21 to 25 August 2002.
  • Velander, K.A. (2013) The European Ecotourism Labelling Standard. Ecotourism in Scotland: Opportunities, Challenges and EU Standards, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Consortium for Rural Research, 28 Febr
  • Velander, K.A. (2013) COMCOT growth through Cooperation, Management Meeting: Consultant’s Report on: Results of Estonian Community and International Visitor Surveys and the role of TRAM (Tourism Resource Auditing Methodology former TEAM, K Velander, 2011
  • Velander, K.A. (2013) The changing face of rural tourism, 20 March 2013. Invited Speaker, Plenary Session; Researching Scotland’s Ruralities: Social Science Perspectives on Current Issues in Rural Scotland. SCRR, Perth 20 March 2013.
  • Velander, K.A. (1994) Marine Litter monitoring - sampling strategies and statistical validity in coastal and estuarine pollution. Marine Debris Conference, London, Dec 4-5.
  • Velander, K.A. (1993) Environmental Education in Scotland. International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Toxicology and Epidemiology (ICEPTE’93), Moscow-Perm, Russia, May 9-12.
  • Velander, K.A. (2011) ECOLNET Training Approach, International Workshop ‘ Learning and networking for quality tourism’, Rome, Italy, 15 November 2011
  • Velander, K.A. and Gaskell, L. (2000) Setaside - a genetic bank for rare species. BSBI, November 5, Edinburgh.
  • Velander, K.A., Matilainen, A. and Lähdesmäki, M. (2012) COMCOT - A cross border community based tourism project. LSA Conference, 17 – 19 July, 2012, Edinburgh.
  • Velander, K.A., Sudakova, L. and MacIntyre, D. (2013) Developing community based rural tourism within COMCOT – a cross border project. Active Countryside Tourism, Regional Studies Association, Research network on tourism and regional development in ass
  • Velander, K.A. (2013) COMCOT growth through Cooperation, Management Group Meeting: Consultant’s Report on: Results of Estonian Community and International Visitor Surveys and the role of TRAM (Tourism Resource Auditing Methodology former TEAM, K Velander
  • Velander, K.A. (2005) Ecotourism in Tobago. DSA Conference, 7-9 September, 2005. Milton Keynes.
  • Velander, K.A. (2001) Ecotourism Task Force. Beyond Foot and Mouth – Ways forward for the Scottish Economy 24-25 October 2001.
  • Velander, K.A. (2006) Cluster Tourism, in Tourism Enhancement Seminar, SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 10 October, Portoroz, Slovenia. (Invited speaker)
  • Velander, K.A. (2007) Developing Ecotourism, Tourism and Infrastructure Development Seminar, SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 29 March, Vilnius, Lithuania. (Invited speaker)
  • Velander, K.A. (2006) Cluster Tourism, in Tourism Enhancement Seminar, SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 12 October, Zagreb, Croatia. (Invited speaker)
  • Velander, K.A. (1997) The economic cost of beach cleaning to local authorities. In Coastal and Riverine Litter: Developing Effective Solutions, Bob Earll, Ed. (with Hall, K. and Nickerson, R.)
  • Velander, K.A. (1996) Sustainable Ecotourism, in Symposium on Sustainable Development, SEEC, January 10-11, Stirling. (Invited speaker)
  • Velander, K.A. (20 12) COMCOT growth through Cooperation, Steering Committees and Community Meetings: Consultant’s Report on: Results of Finnish Community and International Visitor Surveys and Case study presentations. 23 – 30 September 2012; 5 presenta
  • Velander, K.A. (2000) Moving towards community based tourism in Fiji. Conference paper presented at the IIIPT Third Global Conference, 17-21 October 1999, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Velander, K.A. (2013) Nature Tourism in Scotland. How to stimulate the growth of nature tourism in Scotland? 16 December, 2013, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
  • Velander, K.A. and MacIntyre, D. (2011) Tourism prioritisation Process and TEAM methodology, 5 Community meetings in Finland and Estonia, Sept 2011
  • Velander, K.A. (2015) Nature Based Tourism – a market for you? Sustainable Tourism, Food and Drink – Impact and Demand – Opportunities for Businesses, 2 February 2015, (Invited Speaker) ECCI, Edinburgh.
  • Woods-Ballard, A.J., Hughes, A.J., Parsons, E.C.M., Warburton, C.A., Velander, K.A. and Ladle, R.J. (2001) The sustainability of whale-watching in Scotland. Paper SC/53/WW5 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee in July 20001, London.
  • Velander, K.A. (2007) Tourism in the natural environment - Is rural tourism the way forward, how can we develop it and is it sustainable? SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 18 September, Jable Castle, Ljubl
  • Velander, K. (1984) A Study of Pine Marten (Martes martes) Ecology in Inverness-shire. Mammal Society, Aberdeen. April 14-15.
  • Velander, K. and Mocogni, M. (1998) The effects of agricultural chemicals and bird faeces on water quality at Bemersyde Moss, Roxburghshire, Scotland, British, J Boothby and A Hull (Eds.) Pond Landscapes Conference: September 7-9 Chester 1997
  • Velander, K. (1979) Interactions between female weasels (Mustela nivalis) under captive conditions, N Dunstone (Ed), Carnivore Biology and Management. University of Durham April 21-22.
  • Velander, K.A. (2009) Training for Certification and Ecotourism Appraisal, Ecotourism in Europe – The challenge of quality certification” and the EETLS network discussion, organized as activities of the ECO-DESTINET project, Athens 16-17 October 2009. (In
  • Velander, K.A. (2007) Developing Ecotourism, Tourism and Infrastructure Development Seminar, SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 27 March, Valga, Estonia. (Invited speaker)
  • Velander, K.A. Ecotourism, it’s Wild. – Ecotourism – Challenges and Opportunities, ECRR / Edinburgh Napier University Workshop, October 2010
  • Velander, K., Hall, K and Nickerson, R. (2000) Economic and Social Impacts of Marine Debris and Oil on Coastal Communities. Coastal and Riverine Litter Conference: December 9, London.
  • Velander, K.A. (2014) Nature Guides – Luxury or Necessity. 28 October 2014. Invited Speaker (Public lecture), International Forum of Safeguarding Tourism, Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) Viirinkankaantie 1, Rovaniemi, Finland.
  • Invited Lecturer to undergraduate Nature Tourism degree, Eesti Maaülikool, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu Estonia; May 2008.
  • THe role of new architectural set pieces along Scenic Routes in community based tourism. Tourism 2016, International Conference on Global Sustainability, 12 - 14 October, Greenlines Institute, Lagos Portugal

 

Media Activity

  • BBC Scotland, Live Interview, Out and About, Wildlife Tourism. June 2004.
  • BBC Scotland, Live Interview, Lesley Riddoch Show, Ecotourism, fact or fiction. August 2002.
  • BBC Scotland, Taped Panel Discussion, Values Added, Ethical Tourism a Contradiction in Terms. June 2004. Kirsty Wark.
  • Radio Forth. Live Interview: Gorgie City Farm. June 1990.
  • Radio Forth. Live Interview: Pine martens. August 1982.
  • Wildtrack: ½ hour programme on pine martens. June 1983.

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Borders Regional Environmental Education Forum (BEEF)
  • Board Member - Wild Scotland
  • External expert on Review panel for the University of the Highlands and Islands, MSc Ecotourism and MSc Activity Tourism
  • Member of Board of Directors of SCRR (Scottish Consortium for Rural Research) (Executive Board member from 2013)
  • Member of CIEEM Academic Special Interest Group
  • Member - Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Environmental Education Forum (ELREEF)
  • Member NALG – National Aquatic Litter Forum
  • Member IEEM working group on accreditation of Ecological based degrees
  • Member of SEEC Higher Education Committee
  • Member of Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) Accreditation Advisory Group
  • Convener - Edinburgh Beltane Training and Staff Development Sub Group (part of the Beacons for Public Engagement); Nominated
  • HE Representative on Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) Training and Education Development Committee. (IEEM is the profession institute for ecologist and environmental managers)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Curriculum Advisor on MSc Nature Tourism, Eesti Maaülikool, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu Estonia; 2009
  • External advisor (pre validation) for UHI; MSc in Interpretation, Perth, Highlands. 2004.
  • External Advisor, Establishment of a College for Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable tourism, Zaris, (Zavod za razvoj, izobrazevanje in svetovanje ), Ljubljana
  • External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1998-2004
  • External Panel Member for MSc Environmental Management, University of Sunderland. 2004
  • External Reviewer for U/G programmes: Higher education study programme Level I Hotel and Tourism Management at Professional College of Hotel and Tourism Management Bled, Slovenia, Prof. Janez Šolar, Director.
  • Course development: Ecotourism; October – November 1994; Escuela Centro-Americana de Ganderia (ECAG), Atenas, Costa Rica; Consultancy, funded by Overseas Development Agency (now DFID)
  • Curriculum development advisor, IPCASA, Coimbra Portugal; Funding body: British Council (Windsor Grant); 1998; £1000.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

 

Conference Activity

  • Nature Tourism in Scotland – SCRR for the December 2014 (Conference Organiser)
  • SED Business Gateway International Lothian Seminar with UK Trade and Investment, 18 September, Jable Castle, Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Invited speaker and Chair of Seminar)
  • Ecotourism in Scotland - Ecotourism in Scotland: Opportunities, Challenges and EU Standards, developed in conjunction with SCRR, UHI and ourselves, Feb 2013. (Conference organiser)
  • Ecotourism Task Force, Beyond Foot and Mouth -Ways forward for the Scottish Economy, Edinburgh, SCRR 24 - 25 October, 2001 (Conference organiser)
  • Leisure Studies Association Conference, 17 – 19 July, 2012, Edinburgh (Session Chair)

 

Reviewing

  • Mountain Review and Development
  • Journal of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Review funding applications for European Outdoor Conservation Association
  • Scottish Forestry

 

Seminar/talk

  • Presentations to external guests including: John Cameron (Scottish Beef Association), Hugh Raven and Patrick Holden (The Soil Association), Alan Gear (Henry Doubleday Association) as well as for internal committees, e.g. Heads of Schools meetings, Facult
  • Champion for public engagement – SLSSS, speaker Public Engagement at Edinburgh Napier University: a Celebration, December 2011

 

Conference/Workshop

  • Ecotourism, it’s Wild. – Ecotourism – Challenges and Opportunities, ECRR / Edinburgh Napier University Workshop

 

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