Ellis Urquhart

ellis urquhart

Ellis Urquhart BA (Hons), FHEA

PhD Student


Ellis is a final stage PhD candidate in the Tourism Subject Group of Edinburgh Napier University's Business School. He 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 supervisory team includes Professor Anna Leask (Director of Studies), Dr Ivana Rihova and Dr Shuna Marr.

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.

Research Groups

Research Areas


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the Association of Learner Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Member of International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT)
  • Member of Scottish Museums Federation


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Edinburgh Napier University 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship
  • ENUBS Research Excellence Award (First Year Presentation)
  • ENUBS Research Excellence Award (Second year poster)


Invited Speaker

  • Edinburgh Napier Tourism Research Group Seminar: The Role of Interactive Technology in the Co-creation of Experience in Scottish Visitor Attractions
  • Association for Tourism in Higher Education, Edinburgh, December 2014, Invited Panel Member


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Tourism Futures



  • Journal Reviewing - Current Issues in Tourism


Conference Activity

  • ENTER, January 2017, Rome, PhD Colloquium Presenter
  • Association for Tourism in Higher Education, October 2015, Oxford, PhD Colloquium Presenter


Current Post Grad projects