Dr Dan Knox

About me

Programme Leader for MSc Events Management

Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Tourism Management

I am a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management with teaching and research interests across the range of these closely-related subjects. I currently teach critical issues in events, destination management, staging and evaluating events, tourism in global contexts, and contemporary issues in tourism and events.  My research interests focus on cultural tourism, national identities, visual culture, tourism and embodied practice and event experiences.  Particular topics of current interest include youth tourism, tourism in China, wrestling events, retro-gaming and exhibitions.  My research background is in cultural geography, and my PhD thesis (2006, University of Durham) focused on the use of festivals and cultural events in the promotion of regional and national identities in Scotland, with a particular focus on Highland Games, literary events, folk music concerts and Aberdeenshire Doric dialect.  I have previously worked at the University of ​Sunderland and at Liverpool John Moores University.  

Area of expertise

I am particularly interested in the development of theory in the emerging field of events studies as well as practical applications in events management and tourism contexts.  I am responsible for work-based learning and employer relations in regard to the MSc in Events Management.  

Selected Publications

Knox, D. and Hannam, K. (2015) “Tourism and Pilgrimage: Are we flogging a dead metaphor? in Challenges in Tourism Research Channel View: Multilingual Matters, Bristol. 

Hannam, K. and Knox, D. (2010) Understanding Tourism: A Critical Introduction.  Sage, London.

Knox, D. (2009). “Mobile Practice and Youth Tourism” in Crang, M, Travlou, P and Obrador Pons, P. (eds) Doing Tourism: A Cultural Approach to Mediterranean Mass Tourism, Channel View Publishers.

Knox, D (2008). “Spectacular Tradition: Performance and Scottish Folk Song”. Annals of Tourism Research 35(1), 242-256.

Knox, D and Hannam, K. (2007). “Masculinities, Tourism and Biographies” in Tourism and Embodiment: Critical Issues of Gender, Sexuality and the Body, (eds) A. Pritchard, N. Morgan & I. Ateljevic, CABI Publishing).

Knox, D (2006). “The Sacralised Landscapes of Glencoe: From Massacre to Mass Tourism, and Back Again. International Journal of Tourism Research 8 185-197


My Publications