Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Razaq Raj
About Dr Razaq Raj
Dr Razaq Raj is Principal Lecturer for Research and Enterprise in Leeds Business School, Economics, Analytics & International Business subject area.
Dr Razaq Raj is an internationally renowned academic with over fifteen years higher education experience of teaching and research in UK, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, China and South Korea. He is Principal Lecturer for Research and Enterprise and is a Visiting Professor at the Kedge Business School, France and University of Vitez, Bosnia. He has substantial external examining and curriculum development experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business management, events and tourism.
He has published work on strategic management, economic and financial impacts, cultural festivals and sustainable tourism and religious tourism. He has both organised international conferences and delivered keynote speeches. He has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has published books on Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management: An International Perspective (Cabi), Event Management: An integrated and practical approach (Sage) and Event Management and Sustainability (Cabi). He has recently published text on Cultural Tourism and 2nd edition of Event Management. He has substantial experience of developing international partnerships in Germany and the Middle East and also sits on voluntary sector management boards. He is often sought out by news media for his views on international Terrorism and has been a guest on BBC and Sky News.
He is founding co-editor of the Journal Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage and Series Editor, CABI Religious Tourism & Pilgrimage Book Series (with Dr Kevin Griffin) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Tourism Today, Asian Journal of Development Studies, Revista De Turism (Journal of Tourism) and reviewer on the Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management and Sustainable Tourism.
- Supervisor of PhD, postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations
- Advanced Financial Management Level 6
- Financial Management Level 5
- Corporate Finance and Law Level 5
- Strategic Financial Management MSc
Dr Raj's research mission is to generate new knowledge on ways in which events and festivals can play a key role in stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing people and changing cultural impacts of events on host communities. These include:
- Events and festivals development and management in the local community
- Sustainable development approaches (i.e. community-based, cultural and economic)
- Entrepreneurial Legacies of the Carnivals
- Impacts of festivals on Black and ethnic minority businesses
- Religious tourism and pilgrimage management as a business model