Dr Davina Stanford, Course Director

Dr Davina Stanford

Course Director

Dr Davina Stanford is the Course Director on the Responsible Tourism Management MSc.

Since joining Leeds Beckett, Davina has worked on a number of consultancy and research projects. These include capacity building in Destination Management for the UNWTO and the development of a toolkit for VisitEngland (intended to provide guidance to destination organisations on how to promote their sustainability initiatives).

Prior to joining Leeds Beckett Davina worked in tourism consultancy and was involved in more than 30 consultancy projects over 5 years, primarily focussing on best practice in destination management. She has worked for a range of clients and stakeholders including destination management organisations, local authorities, regional, national and international agencies (e.g. the Northwest Development Agency, Natural England, UNEP and UNWTO) small businesses and local community groups.

Davina was a Commonwealth Scholar, and undertook her scholarship funded doctoral research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her PhD research looked broadly at issues of tourism behaviour and visitor stewardship in New Zealand and identified influences and constraints on responsible tourism in this context.

Current Teaching

  • Responsible Tourism Theory and Practice
  • Destination Management Roles and Responsibilities
  • Masters Research Project supervision

Research Interests

Davina's research interests include responsible tourist behaviour and destination management, most recently sustainable visitor transport in protected areas. Her work on identifying the most appropriate markets for a behaviour change towards more sustainable visitor transport in the Lake District National Park formed part of the evidence base for a successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid worth £4.89 million.

Dr Davina Stanford, Course Director

Ask Me About

  1. Tourism

Selected Outputs

  • Stanford DJ (2017) Women and the Tourist Gaze: Historical and Contemporary Issues for Women Traveling in Male-Dominated Public Space. In: WOMEN AND TRAVEL Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Apple Academic Press,

  • Stanford DJ (2010) Kohlberg's Stages: Informing responsible tourist behavior. In: Sharpley R; Stone PR ed. Tourist Experience: Contemporary Perspectives. Routledge,

  • Stanford DJ (2009) Kohlberg: a theoretical framework for informing seal-viewing behaviour at the Kaikoura peninsula, New Zealand. In: Hill JL; Gale T ed. Ecotourism and Environmental Sustainability: Principles and Practices. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 157-174.