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Philip Stone

Executive Director: Institute for Dark Tourism Research

School of Management

Greenbank Building, GR130

+44 (0) 1772 89 4769

pstone@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Thanatology / Sociology - Research / Publication Subjects: - Thanatology / Sociology - Tourism Management - Heritage Management - Dark Tourism / Thanatourism

Dr Philip Stone is Executive Director of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, England

Philip is research active within the area of tourism and is a member of Institute for Dark Tourism Research.

Institute for Dark Tourism Research

The Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) at the University of Central Lancashire is a world-leading centre for scholarship into the production and consumption of tourist sites, attractions, and exhibitions of death, disaster, or the seemingly macabre.

The iDTR aims to advance knowledge about the contemporary nature and consequences of dark tourism. The iDTR brings together world-leading scholars who seek to deliver internationally recognised research that contributes to the ethical and social scientific understanding of dark tourism and heritage, as well as to the appropriate development, management, interpretation and promotion of dark tourism sites, attractions, and exhibitions.

Full Profile

Philip is a former Management Consultant and General Manager and has an extensive commercial background within the UK private sector, which he now combines with social science perspectives to deliver degree education at UCLan.

Philip has a PhD in Thanatology – society’s reactions to and perceptions of mortality. His doctoral thesis appraised the consumption of dark tourism – that is, travel to sites of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre. Philip also has a first class BA(Hons) degree in business management, as well as a Masters degree with distinction in tourism management. Philip is also a qualified teacher and holds a PGCE, as well as having a Higher National Diploma and a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction. 

Philip is a former Tutor at the University of Cambridge, as well as an established Media Consultant on dark tourism. Clients include BBC TV and radio, History Television, The New York Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian, CNN, and a host of other UK and international press, radio, and television outlets.

Philip has also presented at many international conferences, including delivering keynote addresses in the UK, USA, Taiwan, Estonia, Holland, and Germany. Philip has published extensively in the area of 'dark tourism' and heritage and he is co-author/editor of numerous books, including:

- The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism (Channel View Publications, 2009)
- Tourist Experience: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2011)
- The Contemporary Tourist Experience: Concepts & Consequences (Routledge, 2012).

Qualifications:
PhD. Thanatology, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
PGCE. Teacher Education, University of Huddersfield, 2005
MA (with Distinction). Tourism Management, University of Northumbria, 2000
Postgraduate Diploma (with Distinction). Tourism Management, University of Northumbria, 1999
BA(Hons). Management, Lancaster University, 1994.
Higher National Diploma. Hotel Management,  Newcastle College, 1992

That's Lancashire Interview

Philip was interviewed on ‘That’s Lancashire’ TV show in April 2016 about his research into Dark Tourism and Heritage.



Philip is also interviewed regularly for radio programmes including BBC Radio 4 and BBC World News

Publications

Sharpley R. & Stone P.R. (eds) (2010) Tourist Experiences: Contemporary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Stone, P.R. (2010) The Dark Tourist Experience: Mediating Between Life and Death In Sharpley R. & Stone P.R. (eds) (2010) Tourist Experiences: Contemporary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Sharpley, R. & Stone, P.R. (2010) Introduction: thinking about the tourist experience. In Sharpley R. & Stone P.R. (eds) (2010) Tourist Experiences: Contemporary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Sharpley R. & Stone, P.R. (eds) (2009) The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism. Aspects of Tourism Series, Bristol: Channel View Publications.

Stone, P.R. (2009) Making Absent Death Present: Consuming Dark Tourism in Contemporary Society. In Sharpley R. & Stone, P.R. (eds) The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism. Aspects of Tourism Series, Bristol: Channel View Publications.

More publications

Teaching Activities

Teaching Areas at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level:
  • Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Events & Festivals Management
  • Sociology
  • Marketing / Consumer Behaviour
  • Management Accounting
  • Arts and Heritage
  • Tourism and the Social Sciences

Philip is also founder and Editor of The Dark Tourism Forum, the premier online subject resource facility for dark tourism and a global alliance of dark tourism scholars and industry practitioners (visit http://www.dark-tourism.org.uk/). Other research interests include rural landscape ideology and rural tourism governance, and the role of festivals and events within society.

Philip has been Academic Convenor for a number of national and international conferences at UCLan. He is also an Editorial Board Member for the academic journal ‘DIFFUSION’. Philip also acts as a Peer Reviewer for a range of international academic journals.

External Activities

Philip acts as a Media Consultant on the subject of dark tourism to various press and broadcast institutions across the world. Clients include:

  • BBC (UK)
  • The New York Times (USA)
  • Travel Weekly (UK)
  • Independent on Sunday (UK)
  • The Guardian (UK)
  • Barna-Alpher Film Productions Inc (Canada)
  • Endemol Productions (Netherlands / UK)
  • The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Germany) Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (Austria).
  • The New Scientist (UK)
  • Blackpool Gazette (UK)
  • Rex Entertainment Productions (UK)

… and a host of independent / freelance print media from the UK, France, USA, Denmark, and Brazil
Additionally, Philip has acted as an External Examiner at various UK universities.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Philip teaches across a range of tourism, hospitality and event management undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School, combining his extensive operational management and consultancy experience with his business and social science education. Current teaching modules include:

Dark Tourism: Macabre Attractions & Exhibitions

Festivals & Events in Society

Arts, Entertainment & Cultural Events

Marketing for Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Philip sits on a variety of academic panels and committees within the Faculty of Management. He also is a Visiting Tutor for UCLan Interns who are placed across the UK and Europe, USA, China, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand