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Nick has been part of the Institute of Transport and Tourism for more than nine years and during that time contributed to a broad range of research studies, using a diverse set of research methods and analytical techniques. His research mainly focuses on: sustainable tourism, walking and cycling, environmental impacts of transport and tourism, travel behavioural change and trail development. Nick has a number of years’ experience of securing research funding, and producing high quality for a range of organisations, including research for local, regional and European Government agencies. Nick is completing a PhD, and teaches on a number of International Tourism Management, Hospitality and Events modules.
Nick's PhD is due to complete in 2014 and is entitled 'Investigating Route Choice of Recreational Walkers in the English Lake District’. The study used a mixed methods approach, with the first phase of research involving an exploratory study involving interviews with expert practitioners, and the second a year-long survey of recreational walkers.
His other HE qualifications are:
Nick also has formal training and experience in a number of research software packages including:
He is also an Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Selected examples include:
Nick has managed and contributed to a broad range of research projects under the sustainable transport and tourism umbrella, at local, national and international levels. They have involved collaboration with an extensive range of organisations, both academic and within industry. Methods used include: survey questionnaires, depth interviews, mobile methodologies, economic impact assessment, carbon footprinting, focus groups, delphi survey, online research methods, and case study research.
The projects have focused on travel behavioural change, economic impacts of recreational trails, walking and cycling, tourist buses, outdoor recreation and visitor management at attractions.
Weston, R., Davies, N. & Guiver, J. (2015) ‘Cycle Tourism Development in the Peak District National Park, United Kingdom’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge.
Guiver, J., Davies, N. & Weston, R. (2015) ‘Scheduled Bus Use in Natural and Protected Areas: Visitor Preferences and Service Design Issues’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge.
Davies, N. and Weston, R. (2015) ‘Reducing car-use for leisure: can organised walking groups switch from car travel to bus and train walks?’ Journal of Transport Geography 10/2015; 48:23-29.
Davies, N. J., Ellsmann, D., and Trienes, M. (2015) ‘Understanding Citizens' Rail: how marketing and social outreach can encourage involvement by the public in their rail services and change attitudes towards rail’ ECOMM (European Conference of Mobility Management), At Utrecht, Netherlands, 20-22nd May.Davies, N. (2013) Who walks, where and why: the UK recreational walking market. In, 2013 Adventure Tourism Conference, 25th May, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, United Kingdom.
Guiver, Jo W and Davies, Nicholas James (2013) Assessing the Value of Bus Services for Leisure. In: Scottish Transport Applications and Research Conference, 17th April 2013, Lighthouse, Glasgow.
Guiver, Jo W, Weston, Richard, Davies, Nicholas James, McGrath, Peter and Pulido-ortega, Aurora (2013) Providing Public Transport for Tourists in Rural Areas. In: International Conference on Rural Tourism, 5th-7th September, Aveiro, Portugal.
Nick regularly reviews articles for publication for a number of high-level tourism and transport journals including Tourism Management & Tourism Planning and Development. He also attends conferences and events aimed at academics and practitioners in tourism and transport, and was acting School Sustainability Lead for six months in 2012.