Professor David Harrison
Primary Staff Sponsor: Dr Ruth Craggs
David Harrison is Professor of Tourism at Middlesex University, Visiting Professor at St. Mary's University, Twickenham, Adjunct Professor at the University of the South Pacific, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. His background is in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and he has taught at the University of Sussex, London Metropolitan University and the University of the South Pacific. He is author of The Sociology of Modernisation and Development (1988). A sociologist of development, since the mid-1980s he has specialised in researching and writing about the role of international tourism in development, especially in islands and small states, and he has carried out research in the Caribbean, South Pacific, South-east Asia, Southern Africa and Eastern Europe. He has written many peer-reviewed journal articles on tourism, and edited and co-edited numerous books on tourism, the latest of which (with Stephen Pratt) is Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current Issues and Future Challenges (forthcoming). His current project is co-editing a three-volume collection of papers on tourism in Asia, after which he intends to focus more on issues surrounding mass tourism, whether in developing or developed societies, and on the global links of the international tourism industry.