Sustainable tourism expert joins Leeds Met
Professor Lane, who was born in Beeston and attended West Leeds High School for Boys, is the founding editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, a consultant, writer, broadcaster and lecturer with more than 45 years of global experience specialising in sustainable tourism, heritage conservation and rural and small town development.
Professor Lane's role at Leeds Metropolitan University will see him assist in project development with the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, working with the tourism industry and contributing to research within the school.
Professor Lane said: "I am delighted to return to my roots, and to a city which has made such tremendous change and progress over the last fifty years. The tourism team at Leeds Metropolitan has great potential. I am hoping that they can benefit from my numerous contacts and experience to become a leading global player in their field."
Dr Xavier Font, Reader in Tourism at Leeds Met, added: "We are very pleased to welcome Professor Lane as his experience in editing the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and his academic contacts strengthen our team and provide numerous opportunities for joint research and postgraduate studies."
Alongside his role at Leeds Metropolitan, Professor Lane is an associate of Red Kite Environment, a consultancy group which links sustainable tourism to heritage interpretation and heritage management, and also works on protected area management plans and community consultation.
He has worked with communities, agencies, governments universities and companies in most parts of the UK, and in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Dominica, Egypt, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and the USA, helping them to understand sustainable tourism, devise sustainable tourism strategies, marketing and interpretation plans, discuss and devise heritage management plans and to create on-going governance.
At international level, Professor Lane has worked with the OECD, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the World Bank. In addition to his work in tourism, he was formerly Director of the University of Bristol's Diploma and Masters programme in Architectural Conservation for 24 years.