Kathy Velander

Kathy Velander

Dr Kathy Velander

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Invited Speaker

  • Invited Lecturer to undergraduate Nature Tourism degree, Eesti Maaülikool, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu Estonia; May 2008.
  • 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)
  • Sustainable Ecotourism – development of module for Sustainable Tourism Programme. Graduate School of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Zagreb Croatia; February 2007.
  • 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.
  • Barak, J. (2011) Renewable energy solutions for Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie, Scotland. K. Velander (editor), Edinburgh Napier University Biofuels Centre.
  • 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.
  • 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

 

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.

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • External expert on Review panel for the University of the Highlands and Islands, MSc Ecotourism and MSc Activity Tourism
  • 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)
  • Borders Regional Environmental Education Forum (BEEF)
  • Board Member - Wild Scotland
  • 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

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

 

Conference Activity

  • Nature Tourism in Scotland – SCRR for the December 2014 (Conference Organiser)
  • Ecotourism in Scotland - Ecotourism in Scotland: Opportunities, Challenges and EU Standards, developed in conjunction with SCRR, UHI and ourselves, Feb 2013. (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)
  • Leisure Studies Association Conference, 17 – 19 July, 2012, Edinburgh (Session Chair)
  • Ecotourism Task Force, Beyond Foot and Mouth -Ways forward for the Scottish Economy, Edinburgh, SCRR 24 - 25 October, 2001 (Conference organiser)

 

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)
  • 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.
  • 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

 

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.
  • Wildtrack: ½ hour programme on pine martens. June 1983.
  • 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.

 

Seminar/talk

  • Champion for public engagement – SLSSS, speaker Public Engagement at Edinburgh Napier University: a Celebration, December 2011
  • 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

 

Conference/Workshop

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

 

Reviewing

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

 

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