Tourism, Travel, Culture and Heritage

Inspiring, exploring and progressing the research of tourism, travel, culture and heritage

What we do

Tourism, Travel, Culture and Heritage exist as individual and interlinked socially produced activities that play an important role in the visitor and creative industries economic sectors of many national economies across the globe. They involve the movement of millions of people annually and impact on the lives of millions of others.

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The Tourism, Travel, Culture and Heritage Research Group (TTCH) reflects the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of these topics. It is composed of researchers with a range of research backgrounds, methodological approaches and expertise drawn from both UK and international contexts. We have a record of successful supervision of both home and international students and are currently involved in a number of internally and externally funded research projects.

Our mission

Our mission is to inspire, explore and progress research regarding the multi-faceted nature of tourism, travel, culture and heritage.

Areas of expertise

  • Art history
  • British merchant marine travel and marketing
  • Cultural heritage
  • Dark tourism
  • Heritage management
  • Identity, selfhood and the body
  • Information systems and digital business
  • Irish studies
  • Mobility and international migration
  • Museum studies
  • Operations and logistics
  • Sustainable tourism and events
  • World intangible cultural heritage

Research approaches

  • Auto-ethnography
  • Conceptual research
  • Deep mapping
  • Digital mapping
  • Ethnography
  • Foucauldian and Deleuzian-based frameworks and methodologies
  • Interviews
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Observation techniques
  • Oral history
  • Semiotic analysis
  • Text mining, data mining and machine learning

Group members/people

DBA Candidates

TTCH member Jo Vincett is undertaking her DBA working with a local small consultancy to collaborate in an action research project. The working title is 'Protecting the civilian search and rescue fleet in the Central Mediterranean'. For more details please see the project website too: https://sarcode.net/

PhD Candidates

Pinaki Dutta - "An Evaluation of the Role of Gastronomy within the Destination Image of Singapore"

Hsiang-Ying Cheng - "Curriculum development process on undergraduate event management course: a comparative study of Taiwan and England"

Current externally funded research projects

  • A Well-Trodden Path: The History and Heritage of Mass Paths in Ireland funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.
  • Abandoned spaces in China and how they can become cultural hubs funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council/Newton China Fund.
  • Visual Voyages financially initially funded by Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Current internally funded research projects

  • The Evaluation of social impacts of a World Intangible Cultural Expression Event: The case of the Annual Carnival Bell Ringers Pageant from the Kastav Region (Croatia).
  • An examination of the cultural, economic and historical significance of the Duke of Lancaster ‘Funship’ at Llannerch-y-Môr, Flintshire.
  • Jamaican contemporary art exhibition to be curated Christmas 2020- June 2021 at the Victoria Gallery, Liverpool.

Contact us

If you have any inquiries related to research collaborations please contact h.j.andrews@ljmu.ac.uk.

Recent activities

Read a recent blog from Dr Hazel Andrews, Watching Our Borders: Tourism, Brexit and Covid-19 published on the Centre for Brexit Studies site. 

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15 papers found

  • Journal article

    Creative Entrepreneurship, Urban Transformation and the (Baltic) Triangle Model

    Wise N and Gokbulut OO and Fillis I

    Publish date:16/08/2022

  • Internet publication

    Unleash your inner geek: using maths to prepare graduates for a data driven future

    Phillips C, Brown J and Alaoui Mhamdi A and Wall T

    Publish date:10/08/2022

  • Journal article

    The role of institutional relationships in shaping the career development of emerging artists

    Fillis IR and Lee B and Fraser I

    Publish date:09/08/2022

  • Chapters

    The Silent and Unseen. Two examples of women's restricted travel in Pakistan

    Andrews H and Sayira T and Ayesha Q-U-A

    Publish date:01/07/2022

  • Journal article

    Increasingly local: the regional roots of British Members of Parliament, 2010-2019

    Cowley P and Gandy RJ and Foster S

    Publish date:17/06/2022

  • Journal article

    From the streets to the classroom: Power Analysis as a tool for critical pedagogy

    Panayiotopoulos A and Lichrou M

    Publish date:16/06/2022