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Dr Philip Stone

Senior Lecturer, Executive Director: Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR)
School of Business

Dr Philip Stone is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR). The iDTR, established in 2012, is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for dark tourism scholarship based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK.

As a former Project Manager, General Manager, and Management Consultant within the hospitality and tourism sector (as well as being a qualified chef), Philip has extensive commercial experience within the UK private sector. He now teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Philip is also Director of Studies for numerous PhD researchers, with successful completions over recent years.

Philip has a PhD in Thanatology, which appraised mortality and dark tourism and its fundamental interrelationships with the cultural condition of contemporary society. Philip is a former tutor at the University of Cambridge. He also delivers Guest Lectures on the subject of difficult heritage and dark tourism to schools, colleges and universities across the UK, USA and continental Europe. He is also an External Examiner for numerous programmes at UK HEI’s, and a peer-reviewer for many academic journals and publishers. Philip also works on numerous collaborative research projects in dark tourism and heritage, including with partners across the UK, USA, Canada, Rwanda, Australia, China, Holland, and Ireland. He is also the UK College Partnership Lead for Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise. Philip is an established Media Consultant on dark tourism. Clients include BBC TV and radio, CNN, History Television, Der Spiegel, New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The New Scientist, The Guardian, and The Conversation. He has given over 150 media interviews to local, national and international press and broadcast media. Philip has also presented at many international conferences, including delivering Conference Keynotes in the UK, USA, Taiwan, Estonia, Poland, Holland, and Germany. He has also convened and hosted over 10 national and international academic conferences at the University of Central Lancashire.

  • PhD Thanatology, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), University of Huddersfield, 2003
  • MA Tourism Management (with Distinction), University of Northumbria, 2000
  • PG Dip Tourism Management (with Distinction), University of Northumbria, 1999
  • BA(Hons) Business Management, Lancaster University, 1994
  • Higher National Diploma (HND), Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management, Newcastle College, 1992
  • Dark Tourism
  • Difficult Heritage
  • Memorials
  • Tourism Management
  • Arts
  • Heritage / Thanatology
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI)
  • The Tourism Society (TS)
  • Institute for Travel & Tourism Management (ITT)
  • University of Cambridge Heritage Research Group
  • UCLan Heritage Network Group