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Dr Simon Woodward


Dr Simon Woodward
Contact Details
Dr Simon Woodward

Principal Lecturer

School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management

0113 81 28516 S.C.Woodward@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 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 4:
      • Complexities of Tourism
      • Understanding the Tourism Experience
    • Level 5:
      • Managing Destinations
    • Level 6:
      • Tourism Consultancy Ventures
      • International Tourism, Globalisation & Development
      • Individual Research Project (Dissertation)
  • MSc Responsible Tourism Management:
    • Communities, Culture and Heritage
    • Research Methods
    • Research Report

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (4)

  • Musgrave J; Woodward S (2016), Ecological Systems Theory Approach to CSR: Contextual perspectives from meeting planners. Event Management: an international journal, vol. 20 (3), p. 367-381.
    https://doi.org/10.3727/152599516X14682560744712
    View Repository Record
  • Woodward S (2012), Funding Museum Agendas: Challenges and opportunities. Managing Leisure, vol. 17 (1), p. 14-28.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2011.638202
  • Woodward SC; Orbasli A (2008), A railway 'route' as a linear heritage attraction: The Hijaz Railway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol. 3 (3), p. 159-175.
  • Woodward SC (2004), Faith and Tourism: Planning Tourism in Relation to Places of Worship. Tourism Planning & Development, vol. 1 (2), p. 173-186.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1479053042000251089

Chapters (5)

  • Woodward SC; Oswald S (2017) Interpreting cultural landscapes in the North York Moors. In: Woodward SC; Oswald S Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland. : , pp. 127-127.
    https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52083-8_9
  • Woodward S; Peacock A; McQuitty P (2014) Consultancy. In: Woodward S; Peacock A; McQuitty P Entertainment Management: Towards Best Practice. : , pp. 252-271.
  • Woodward SC (2013) Campus Tourism, Universities and Destination Development. In: Woodward SC The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism. : Routledge, pp. 265-272.
  • Orbaşli A; Woodward S (2009) Tourism and heritage conservation. In: Orbaşli A; Woodward S The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies. : , pp. 314-332.
    https://doi.org/10.4135/9780857021076.n18
  • Woodward SC; Orbasli A (2009) Heritage Tourism and Historic Preservation. In: Woodward SC; Orbasli A Handbook of Tourism Studies. : Sage Publications, pp. .

Conference contributions (4)

  • Woodward S (2012) An Industry View of CSR and what it means for your Business ITB Berlin Convention, Berlin, Germany 20120306. : .
    View Repository Record
  • Woodward S (2012) How Deep is your Love? Student engagement with Durham World Heritage Site . UK: .
  • 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 (peer reviewed) (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 (4)

  • 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 S (2011) Developing cycle hubs in a destination - a how to guide. . Glendale Gateway Trust.
    View Repository Record
  • Woodward SC (2011) Review of the SCTA's Historical Villages Programme in Saudi Arabia. . UNWTO.
  • 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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