Dr. Daniel Wright

Lecturer in Tourism Management

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GB146

+44 (0) 1772 89 4239


Dr Daniel Wright is a lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Daniel is an active researcher in a range of tourism fields.

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Daniel has a PhD in post-disaster tourism management and development. His research explored perceptions and attitudes of a local community towards tourism in a post-disaster scenario. His research focused on the local community of L’Aquila, Italy which was devastated by an earthquake in April 2009. His research interests in post-disaster tourism continued after his PhD where he continues to publish and make contributions to knowledge.

More recently Daniel has also published in the subject area of tourism futures. His research and journal publications explore some of the more challenging issues facing the future of tourism. His research covers wider societal, environmental and technological matters. His publications have also attracted wider international media attention. Daniel has also participated in international workshops and presented at a range of international conferences.


  • Master of Philosophy/ Doctorate/ PhD - University of Central Lancashire 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Tourism Management, awarded First Class Degree - University of Central Lancashire 2009
  • Certificate for Fellow of The Higher Education Academy 2014

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Dr Wright teaches across the division of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also supervises current students carrying out their PhD research.  


Wright, D. W. W. (2016) Hunting humans: A future for tourism in 2200, Futures 78-78. P.34-46

Wright, D. W. M. (2017). Cloning animals for tourism in the year 2070. Futures, 95, 58-75.

Wright, D. and Sharpley, R. (2017) The Photograph: tourist responses to a visual interpretation of a disaster. Tourism Recreation Research, 43(2), 161-174.

Wright. D. W. M. & Sharpley, R. (2016). Local community perceptions of disaster tourism: the case of L'Aquila, Italy. Current Issues in Tourism 21(14), 1569-1585.

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Research Activities

Main areas of research interest include (but not limited to):

  • Disaster Tourism
  • Dark Tourism
  • Tourism Futures
  • Tourism and Technology
  • Tourism and Society


Inclusive Innovation in Tourism: Enhancing Local Experience. Researcher Links Workshop. Phuket, Thailand. 28th – 31th August 2018.

ATLAS SIG Dark Tourism Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands 15 - 16 February, 2018.

The symposium ESRC Research Seminar Series ‘Encountering Corpses III’ (2014-17). The third international symposium on ‘Encountering Corpses’. Manchester Metropolitan University. 8th & 9th December 2017.

The symposium ESRC Research Seminar Series ‘Packaging up Death & the Dead’ for the Contemporary Visitor Economy: A Dark Tourism & Heritage Perspective. The second international symposium on ‘Encountering Corpses’. Lancaster Castle. 19th October 2016.

Advancing Green Growth in Peru: A spotlight on tourism, transport and the blue economy. Conference / workshop. Lima, Peru, 14-17 March 2016.