Dr Ellis Urquhart is a Lecturer in Tourism & Airline Management and the MSc Programme Leader for the Tourism Suite within the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He specialises in visitor attraction management, co-creative experience design and technological mediation in the heritage sector and the wider attraction environment. Ellis teaches tourism management at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels at Edinburgh Napier University in addition to overseas programmes delivered in Switzerland and Hong Kong. He currently reviews for a range of tourism publications and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Tourism Futures.
Ellis is a former graduate of the institution, completing his BA (Hons) in Tourism & Airline Management in 2013. He was then selected as one of Edinburgh Napier’s 50th Anniversary Scholars to begin doctoral research within the Tourism School. His PhD supervisory team included Professor Anna Leask (Director of Studies), Dr Ivana Rihova and Dr Shuna Marr.
Ellis' research focusses on the role of interactive technologies in Scottish visitor attractions and specifically, how these contribute to a co-creative visitor experience. His additional research interests include: heritage management; e-tourism and technological innovation; augmented/virtual reality in tourism; airport/airline experiences; and qualitative methodologies in tourism, hospitality and events. Ellis has appeared at a number of internationally recognised conferences and contributes to various academic publications.
Ellis was awarded Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy in November 2017 based on his learning and teaching experience and is a member of the Association of Learner Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). Ellis is currently undertaking his PG Cert in Learning, Teaching & Assessment Practice in Higher Education and was awarded a Santander IE Best Practices in Digital Education for Teachers Scholarship in 2020 to develop skills in online learning and teaching practice. Ellis is also an External Examiner for London Metropolitan University's MBA, MSc Events, Leisure & Tourism and MSc Aviation Management for the Digital Age programmes in Sri Lanka. In 2020, Ellis was awarded the Best Lecturer in Marketing, Tourism & Languages at the ENSA Excellence Awards voted by students.
Prior to entering Higher Education, Ellis has held a number of operational roles in Scottish visitor attractions including Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo and a recent appointment at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.