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Professor Rhodri Thomas

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About

Rhodri Thomas is Professor of Tourism and Events Policy and Dean of The School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University.

Originally trained as an economist, Rhodri now engages in inter-disciplinary research in the context of tourism and the events sector. His particular research interests are: (a) public policy studies, especially in relation to small firms, and (b) commercial innovation and knowledge exchange with universities. His latest book entitled Questioning the Assessment of Research Impact: Illusions, Myths and Marginal Sectors has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan and was followed by a piece in The Times Higher Education.

Rhodri recently acted as a member of New Zealand’s Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Business and Economics Panel.  He has previously acted as a 'specialist expert' on policy issues for the OECD, the European Commission and for government departments and other agencies in the UK and elsewhere. He has completed several Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant and non-grant funded projects and is a member of their Peer Review College.

Rhodri is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events (ESCI listed; ABDC B), Co-ordinating Editor for the International Journal of Hospitality Management (ABS 3* SSCI IF 3.443) and Academic Editor for Sustainability (SSCI IF 2.075). He sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Tourism Management, Tourism Management Perspectives, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Journal of Services Research, Journal of Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, and Sci.

Current Teaching

  • PhD Supervision

Research Interests

Current research is primarily concerned with the impact of academic knowledge production on non-academic constituencies within the context of public policy debates about performance-based research funding.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (69)

Books (2)

  • Thomas R (2018) Questioning the Assessment of Research Impact Illusions, Myths and Marginal Sectors. Springer.
  • Thomas R (2009) Managing Regional Tourism: A case study of Yorkshire, England. Ilkley: Great Northern Books.

Chapters (2)

  • Thomas R; Morpeth ND (2009) Who does what? Tourism governance in Yorkshire. In: Thomas R Managing regional tourism: A case study of Yorkshire, England. Ilkley: Great Northern Books, pp. 78-91.
  • Thomas R; Long J; Parsons D; Jameson S (2002) Old Skills in New Heritage: An analysis of skills supply, demand and utlisation in the UK's heritage sector. In: Andews N; Flanagan S; Ruddy J Tourism Destination Planning. Dublin: DIT, pp. 3-23.

Conference contributions (11)

  • Thomas RW (2013) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Tourism Committee Paris .
  • Li S; Blake A; Thomas R (2013) Modelling the economic impact of sports events under conditions of imperfect competition Ljubljana .
  • Thomas R (2012) Professionalism and the professionalisation of events management in the UK . Norway:
  • Thomas R (2011) Business Elites, Universities and Knowledge Exchange in Travel . UK:
  • Thomas R (2011) Evaluating the Impact of Events: Directions for Research . UK:
  • Thomas R (2010) Events strategies, local governance and universities . Leeds Metropolitan University:
  • Thomas R; Bowdin GAJ; McElhinney S; Bell S (2009) Professionalism and Professionalisation in the Events and Festivals Sector University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield .
  • Thomas R (2009) Making an impact: PhD research and 'stakeholder' engagement . University of Nottingham:
  • Thomas R (2009) Moving and Shaking: Urban Tourism and Events Policy Formation . University of Warsaw, Poland:
  • Bowdin GAJ; Thomas R; Wood EH; Robinson L (2007) The Contribution of Community Festivals and Events to the Local Area and the Welsh Economy Bournemouth University, Bournemouth 10/01/2007.
  • Thomas R; Wood EH; Bowdin GAJ; Robinson L (2006) The Contribution of Community Festivals and Events to the Local Areas and the Welsh Economy Wales .

Conference proceedings (1)

  • Wood EH; Thomas R; Robinson L; Bowdin GAJ (2005) The Contribution of Community Festivals to Tourism: An assessment of the impacts of rural events in Wales. In: Assessing The Impact Of Tourist Events Universite Nice, TMP Research Group, Juan Les Pins, France 08/12/2005 00:00:00. : , pp. .

Lectures (2)

  • Thomas RW (2008) Tourism Policy & Policy-Making in Yorkshire (inaugural lecture)
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  • Thomas RW (2006) Expending Energy: Physical Activity for Health and High Performance Sport (Inaugural Lecture)

Reports (11)

  • Parsons D; Thomas R; Fletcher TE; Kachel U (2014) Evaluation of the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability and Sustainable Society (BRASS). ESRC.http://www.esrc.ac.uk/files/research/evaluation-and-impact/centre-for-business-relationships-accountability-sustainability-and-society/
  • Li S; Bowdin G; Heslington E; Jones S; Mulligan J; Tara-Lunga M-O; Tauxe C; Thomas R; Wu P-Y (2013) The Economic Impact of the UK Meeting & Event Industry. Meeting Professionals International.http://www.mpiweb.org/UKEIS/ReportFinal
  • Thomas R (2011) Research Report: An Economic Impact Assessment of the Engage Super League Grand Final. Leeds: Rugby Football League (RFL).
  • Thomas R; Woo EH (2011) Research Report: An Economic Impact Assessment of Showzam!. Leeds: Visit Blackpool.
  • Thomas R (2011) An Economic Impact Assessment of Blackpool's Major Events Portfolio. Research Report for Visit Blackpool.
  • Thomas R (2010) Flexible Working Practices in Travel and Tourism. London: Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).
  • Thomas R (2010) Engaging business elites from the travel and tourism sector. Swindon & Hertfordshire: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Swindon, Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT): Herts.
  • Thomas R (2010) An Economic Impact Assessment of the Northern Rail Blackpool 9s and Engage Super League Grand Final. Leeds: Rugby Football Leagie (RFL).
  • Thomas R (2010) Economic Impact Assessment of the Engagement Super League Grand Final and the Northern Rail Blackpool 9s Tournament. Leeds: Rugby Football League (RFL):.
  • Thomas R; McCullough N (2009) An Economic Impact Assessment of the Northern Rail Blackpool 9s. Leeds: Rugby Football Leagie (RFL).
  • Thomas R; Vanel D (2008) Attitudes to climate change: A survey of travel agents and tour operators. London: Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).