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Prof David Harrison

Visiting Professor

About Research

David Harrison studied Sociology and Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College and University College London respectively. His PhD was based on research carried out in Trinidad and Tobago. He spent some two decades at the University of Sussex, teaching the sociology of development, and since 1987 has specialised in tourism as a development tool.

From 1996 until 1998 he was at The University of the South Pacific in Fiji, leaving to take up a chair in Tourism at the University of North London (later London Metropolitan University), where he remained for ten years. In 2008, David returned to The University of the South Pacific as Professor of Tourism and Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, returning to the UK in early 2014.

He is author of The Sociology of Modernisation and Development (1988), editor of Tourism and the Less Developed Countries (1992), Tourism and the Less Developed World (2001), and Pacific Island Tourism (2003) and co-editor of several books on tourism, including Tourism and the Politics of World Heritage: Negotiating tourism and Conservation (2005).

He has researched and written numerous journal papers and book chapters on tourism in developing societies, including Southern Africa, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, and is currently co-editing a three-volume collection of established writing on tourism in Asia (with Alan Lew and Terry King). His current research interest is the links between mass tourism and development, especially but not only in islands and small states.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Tourism Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Research

Books

  • (1988) The Sociology of Modernisation and Development Routledge, London (196pp)
  • (1992) (edited) Tourism and the Less Developed Countries, Wiley, London.
  • (1996) (co-edited, with L. Briguglio, R. Butler and W. Leal Filho), Sustainable Tourism in Islands and Small States, Vol II: Case Studies, Cassell, London.
  • (2001) (Edited) Tourism and the Less Developed World: Issues and Case Studies, CAB International Wallingford
  • (2003) (edited) Pacific Island Tourism, Cognisant, NY.
  • (2005) (co-edited with Michael Hitchcock) The Politics of World Heritage: Negotiating Tourism and Conservation, Channel View Publications, Clevedon.

Editorships of journal special issues

  • (2001) ‘Tourism in Islands and Microstates’, Tourism Recreation Research 26 (3).
  • (2004) (Co-edited with Michael Hitchcock) Tourism and World Heritage: Negotiating Tourism and Conservation, Current issues in Tourism Special Issue 7 (4-5).
  • (2004) ‘Tourism in Pacific Islands’, Journal of Pacific Studies 26 (1 and 2)
  • (2004) (Co-edited with Stephen Brown) ‘Tourism, leisure and land management and tourism’, Property Management, 22 (5).

Chapters in books

  • (1992) ‘International Tourism and the Less Developed Countries’ In D. Harrison (ed) Tourism and the Less Developed Countries, Wiley, Chichester: 1-18
  • (1992) ’Tourism to Less Developed Countries: the social consequences,’ In D. Harrison (ed) Tourism and the Less Developed Countries, Wiley, Chichester: 19-34.
  • (1992) ‘Tradition, modernity and tourism in Swaziland,’ In D. Harrison (ed) Tourism and the Less Developed Countries, Wiley, Chichester: 148-162.
  • (1994) ‘Tourism and capitalism’ in L. Sklair, ed., Capitalism and Development, Routledge, London: 232-257
  • (1995) ‘Tourism in Bulgaria,’ in A. Brown, ed., The International Review for Chief Executive Officers: Eastern and Central Europe and European Russia, Sterling Publishers, London: 61-66.
  • (1996) ‘Fragile Environments, Fragile Communities? An Introduction’ (with Martin Price), in M. Price, ed., People and Tourism in Fragile Communities, Wiley, Chichester (1996): 1-18.