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Dr Simon Woodward

Dr Simon Woodward
Contact Details

Principal Lecturer

School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management

0113 81 28516 Curriculum Vitae

About Dr Simon Woodward

Dr Simon Woodward is an experienced tourism and heritage industry consultant and educator, with expertise in strategy development, market appraisals, feasibility studies, business planning, visitor management, site masterplanning and destination development. He joined Leeds Beckett University in 2008 having spent the previous 20 years working as a consultant for a number of UK companies, including 12 years as a Director at PLB Consulting Ltd.  He has worked in many developed and emerging destinations including South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia,  Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Morocco and of course the UK.

Simon has an excellent understanding of the environmental, economic and social impacts of tourism and of community involvement in sustainable heritage, leisure and tourism projects, and has spoken at a number of international conferences on those topics. He has a particular interest in developing and managing community-based heritage.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Leeds Beckett University and his consultancy work, Simon chairs the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee, sits on ICOMOS-UK National Executive Committee and is a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre, a charity promoting public engagement with the archaeology of North Yorkshire.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management:
    • Level 5:
      • Trends in Tourism
      • International Tourism Organisations
    • Level 6:
      • Tourism Consultancy Ventures
      • Tourism and The Media
      • Individual Research Project (Dissertation)
  • MSc Responsible Tourism Management:
    • Communities, Culture and Heritage
    • Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction
    • Research Report
  • PhD Supervisor

Research Interests

Simon's current research interests including the development of tourism in rural Albania; community involvement in protecting and managing heritage and student engagement with World Heritage values.  He is currently co-authoring a text book looking at the challenges of managing World Heritage Sites in today's turbulent world.


Selected Publications

Journal articles (6)

Chapters (5)

  • Orbaşlı A; Woodward S (In press) Tourism and Heritage Conservation. In: The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies. : SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 315-333.
  • Woodward SC; Oswald S (2017) Interpreting cultural landscapes in the North York Moors. In: Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland. : , pp. 127-127.
  • Woodward S; Peacock A; McQuitty P (2014) Consultancy. In: Entertainment Management: Towards Best Practice. : , pp. 252-271.
  • Woodward SC (2013) Campus Tourism, Universities and Destination Development. In: Smith M; Richards G The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism. : Routledge, pp. 265-272.
  • Woodward SC; Orbasli A (2009) Heritage Tourism and Historic Preservation. In: Jamal T; Robinson M Handbook of Tourism Studies. : Sage Publications, pp. .

Conference contributions (5)

  • Woodward S (2012) An Industry View of CSR and what it means for your Business ITB Berlin Convention, Berlin, Germany 06/03/2012.
    View Repository Record
  • Woodward S (2012) How Deep is your Love? Student engagement with Durham World Heritage Site . UK:
  • Woodward S (2012) Outstanding Universal Value . Germany:
  • Woodward SC (2010) Getting the facts - recent trends in tourism demand . China:
  • Woodward SC (2010) Traditional handicrafts and responsible tourism development - challenges and opportunities . Oman:

Conference proceedings (2)

  • Woodward SC (2010) 'If you build it, they will come': Tourism Development on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Coast. In: Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region . Amman, Jordan: , pp. .
  • Woodward SC (2010) Visitor Centres and the Spirit of Place. In: EuroCHRIE2009 Conference Proceedings . : , pp. .

Reports (5)

  • Musgrave J; Mulligan JA; Woodward SC; Kenyon A; Jones S (2012) The value of CSR to the Meetings Industry - Research report. Meetings Professionals International (MPI).
  • Woodward SC (2011) Business Plan. Scottish Fisheries Museum.
  • Woodward SC (2011) Review of the SCTA's Historical Villages Programme in Saudi Arabia. UNWTO.
  • Woodward S (2011) Developing cycle hubs in a destination - a how to guide. Glendale Gateway Trust.
    View Repository Record
  • Woodward SC (2010) Review of current economic impact and development potential of wildlife tourism in East Yorkshire - Research Study. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
    View Repository Record
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