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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
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.
That's Lancashire Interview
Philip was interviewed on ‘That’s Lancashire’ TV show in April 2016 about his research into Dark Tourism and Heritage.
Phillip's research paper ‘Dark tourism and significant other death. Towards a Model of Mortality Mediation’ is in the Top 25 Most Cited papers (since 2012) in the 4* journal Annals of Tourism Research
Phillip’s research paper ‘Consuming dark tourism: A Thanatological Perspective’ is in the Top 10 Most Downloaded papers in the last 90 days in the 4* journal Annals of Tourism Research (April 2017)
Philip published an article in The Conversation in June 2020 - Dark tourism memorial sites will help us heal from the trauma of coronavirus
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.
Teaching Areas at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level:
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. 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.
Philip acts as a Media Consultant on the subject of dark tourism to various press and broadcast institutions across the world. Clients include:
… 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.
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