Professor Christopher Cooper, Professor

Professor Christopher Cooper


Chris Cooper is Professor in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. He gained his undergraduate degree and PhD in Geography from University College London.

Chris has more than forty years experience in tourism and has worked as a researcher and teacher in every region of the world. He gained experience in tour operation working for Thomson Travel before returning to academic life.

Chris was Co-Founder of Progress in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Research and the International Journal of Tourism Research and is now the Co-Editor of Current Issues In Tourism. He is a member of the editorial board for leading tourism, hospitality and leisure journals and has authored a number of leading text and research books in tourism, including ‘Essentials of Tourism’ for Sage. He is the co-series editor of the influential Channel View book series ‘Aspects of Tourism’.

Chris works with international agencies including the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the European Union, the International Labour Organization, the OECD, the Inter American Development Bank and ASEAN. He held the Chair of the UNWTO’s Education Council from 2005 – 2007 and was awarded the United Nations Ulysses Medal for contributions to tourism education and policy in 2009.

Research Interests

  • Climate change and tourism focusing on destination adaptation to future climate scenarios
  • Human resources, education and training and tourism/hospitality focusing on contemporary approaches, including competency approaches
  • Destination management focusing on systems approaches, strategy and resort life cycles

Professor Christopher Cooper, Professor

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