Time to transform tourism

Professor Marina Novelli, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Tourism and International Development and a leading tourism activist, is calling for a worldwide shake-up to make the industry more sustainable, just and inclusive.

Professor Novelli contributed to the development of and is a signatory to the ‘Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism’ which is demanding “concrete activities and actions from the international community to transform tourism”.

The declaration, developed and signed by world-leading civil societies from 19 countries in Africa, Asia Europe and Latin America, says the “current dominant tourism model is not able to support the necessary transformation of our world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda”, the agenda set out by the United Nations for sustainable development. Continue reading

Professor Nick Webborn OBE has been elected as the new Chair of the British Paralympic Association.

Nick Webborn is Clinical Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at our School of Sport and Service Management.

He is one of the leading sports medicine specialists in the UK, with a particular expertise in the area of disability and Paralympic sports. He has attended nine Paralympic Games in various roles, including as Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and also works with the Invictus Games.  Continue reading

A Celebration of Research in Cruise Tourism

On 15 February, the School of Sport and Service Management and the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies (CoSTaLs) celebrated the world-leading research on cruise tourism being conducted at the University of Brighton.

As the fastest growing sector of the global tourism industry, cruise tourism is a significant research area and the CoSTaLs event provided an opportunity for staff and students to listen and discuss current research in this area.

Judith Römhild-Raviart shared her PhD research which is critically examining issues of sustainability awareness, values and attitudes both at home and on-board.

Judith’s research is taking an innovative approach by using netnography to determine factors that influence consumers’ social, economic and environmentally responsible behaviour.

Jennifer Holland shared her PhD research which is exploring how perceptions of risk influence consumer decision-making for a cruise holiday.

Jennifer’s research is using image elicitation to understand how people conceptualize risk for cruise holidays, while situating the research within a wider ‘culture of fear’ distinct to western societies in recent times.

Dr Clare Weeden also celebrated her recent publication Cruise Ship Tourism (2nd edition), co-edited with Professor Ross Dowling of Edith Cowan University, Australia, which contains contributions from her colleagues in the school – Dr Nigel Jarvis, Dr Jo-Anne Lester and Dr Ioannis Pantelidis.

This publication will surely become a valuable and useful resource for many as a result of its diverse and comprehensive collection of recent significant research in cruise tourism.

Afterwards, wine and nibbles were enjoyed by all.






Simon takes the prize

Seven times Paralympian Wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn took the Disability Sports Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of Brighton, at the 14th Annual Sussex Sports Awards.

Simon trained with Alex Bliss, Strength and Conditioning Coach based at the university’s Welkin Laboratories in Eastbourne. Continue reading

Prestigious International Honour for Professor


John Sugden, Professor of the Sociology of Sport and co-founder of Football 4 Peace has been awarded the Honorary Member Award by the International Sociology of Sport Association.

The award citation praises Professor Sugden’s cutting-edge research, bold activism in taking on sports powerhouses and driving spirit within the field of sport development and peace. As well as his work with Football 4 Peace Professor Sugden is renowned for his tireless efforts to expose malpractice in FIFA. Continue reading

CoSTaLs PhD Students host Postgraduate Conference on Reflexivity

20161202_114410On 2 December, School of Sport and Service Management PhD students Adam Talbot and Jennifer Holland co-hosted with Sheffield Hallam PhD student Rachel Handforth a one day conference on the challenge to using reflexivity in research.

This regional postgraduate event was organised on behalf of the British Sociological Association and the Centre of Sport, Tourism & Leisure Studies (CoSTaLs) with delegates coming from 17 universities across the country. Continue reading

Love Fighting Hate Violence campaign

love-fighting-hate-violenceAn anti violence campaign Love Fighting Hate Violence, has been launched by School of Sport and Service Management lecturers Dr Alex Channon and Dr Christopher R. Matthews.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the important moral difference between sport-based combat, and violence. It seeks to encourage practitioners and fans to reflect on the distinction, and to encourage various forms of anti-violence action within and through their disciplines.

Find out more about the campaign.

Using football to help refugees

Representatives from UEFA, the governing body of European football, will be taking part in a University of Brighton event focusing on how football can help the refugee crisis.

The workshop event will take place at the Amex Stadium, the home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, on November 25 and is being supported by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This is the second part of a programme entitled ‘Refugees Welcome: Football fans & community in Europe’. The first took place in Paris in June in collaboration with Football Supporters Europe, and focused on what fans and grassroots groups are doing with refugees, including setting up teams, working in camps and raising awareness. Continue reading