Professor Kevin Hannam

Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Edinburgh Napier University and has extensive research experience in South and South-East Asia.

Professor Kevin Hannam





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Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a research affiliate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously he was at Leeds Beckett University, UK and the University of Sunderland, UK, latterly as Associate Dean (Research) and Head of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. 

He is a founding co-editor of the journals Mobilities and Applied Mobilities (Routledge), and on the editorial board of the journals Annals of Tourism Research, Tourist Studies and the Journal of Heritage Tourism. He is co-author of the books Understanding Tourism (Sage) and Tourism and India (Routledge) and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Mobilities Research, Moral Encounters in Tourism (Ashgate) and Event Mobilities (Routledge). 

He has extensive research experience in South and South-East Asia and has published in many leading journals. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), member of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and Vice-Chair of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS). In 2015-16 he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship to the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Tourism Mobilities
  • Labour Mobilities
  • Geopolitics
  • Tourism and Migration
  • Leisure Practices
  • Destination Branding
  • Transport
  • Creative Methodologies
  • South Asia
  • South-East Asia

Research projects

MERGE: Mobility and Employability Research for Generation Erasmus
Demographic Change in the North East England
Experiential Tourism Marketing and the Modelling of Corporate Social Responsibility

Courses taught

  • International Destination Management
  • Dissertation Supervision

PhD supervision

Current Students: 
  • Adeimi, J. 2014 – Socio-cultural impacts of tourism in Lebanon. 
  • Leung, K. 2014 – Chinese Outbound Tourists to Japan. 
  • Viera, R. 2013 – The Multiple Mobilities of the Madeiran Diaspora.  
  • Schubert, F. 2014 – Conceptualizing the Career Paths and Travel Biographies of Elites.
  • Witte, A. 2014 – Walking Tourists on the Ancient Tea Horse Route, China. (External advisor). 

Previous Students: 
  • Abdallah, A. 2016. The Lebanese Diaspora and Hospitality in London.  
  • Danby, P. 2013. A Critical Evaluation of Equine Tourism and Associated Events within the North East of England.  
  • Odularu, G. 2013. Economic Development in Nigeria.  
  • Sattar, Z. 2012. First Generation Pakistani Migration to Newcastle upon Tyne.  
  • Whiting, J. 2012 Cosmopolitan Identities in Newcastle upon Tyne.  
  • Cassop-Thompson, M. 2012 Value Attainment in Public Sector Health and Fitness Clubs. 
  • Adepoju, B. 2012 Ecotourism in Cross River State, Nigeria.  
  • Al-Saleh, S. 2012 Shopping and Domestic Tourism in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 
  • Attrabulsi, T. 2012 Rural Tourism Development in the Ghat Region, Libya. 
  • Brown, R. 2012 The implementation of EU Structural Funds in terms of tourism, regeneration and skills, at EU, national and regional levels. 
  • Roy, S. 2011. Tourism Development in North West Bengal. 
  • Sambajee, P. 2011. Career Mobility in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries in Mauritius.  
  • Myers, L. 2011. The Social Construction of Female Backpacker Identities in New Zealand. 
  • Butler, G. 2011 Backpacker Tourism in Norway. 
  • Gunsoy, E. 2010 Ecotourism Development in the Karpaz Peninsular, Northern Cyprus. 
  • Laythorpe, K. 2010. Pro-Poor Tourism in Tanzania. 
  • Offeh, F. 2010 Post-Colonial Heritage Tourism Development in Ghana: The Case of The Ashanti Kingdom (Region). 
  • Silparcha, W. 2010. Homestay Businesses and Sustainable tourism: An analysis of Chiang Mai, Thailand. 
  • Henderson, N. 2004. Eating Out in Sunderland and Durham: A cultural geography. 

Career history

Professor of Tourism Mobilities and Director of Doctoral Programmes, Leeds Metropolitan University
September 2012 – January 2016

Associate Dean (Research), University of Sunderland
2008 – 2012

Head of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, University of Sunderland

Principal Lecturer in Geography and Tourism, University of Sunderland

Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Sunderland

Lecturer in Geography, University of Sunderland
1996 – 2000

Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of Greenwich

Research Assistant, University of Portsmouth


University of Portsmouth, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Geography

University of Portsmouth, BA (Hons), Geography, First Class

Professional memberships and honours

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Member of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

Vice Chair of the Association of Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS). 

Key publications

Creativity, Self-Expression and Leisure
Leisure Studies, 2015.
Authors: Kevin Hannam, James Whiting

Journeys of Inspiration: Working Artists’ Reflections on Tourism
 Annals of Tourism Research, 2014
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, Peter Adey, David Bissell, Mimi Sheller

Religious Obligations to Travel
Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 2013
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Zeb Sattar, Dr. Nazia Ali

Shagri-La’ and the new ‘Great Game’: Exploring Tourism Geopolitics between China and India
Tourism, Planning and Development, 2013
Authors: Kevin Hannam

Producing Ceramic Art Through Tourism Research
Annals of Tourism Research, 2012
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Fiona Thompson, Kevin Petrie

Touristic Mobilities in India’s Slum Spaces
Annals of Tourism Research, 2012
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann

Understanding Tourism: A Critical Introduction
Sage, 2010
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Dan Knox

Editorial: Mobilities, immobilities and moorings
Mobilities, 2006
Authors: Kevin Hannam, Mimi Sheller, John Urry