Raymond Powell MA, BA, PGCE

Principal Lecturer in Tourism and Business School Admissions Tutor

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Raymond Powell

Raymond Powell

Principal Lecturer in Tourism and Business School Admissions Tutor

Raymond is a Principal Lecturer in Tourism in the Business Faculty. He joined the University as a Visiting Lecturer in 2007, having previously taught a variety of subjects in a number of colleges and schools, having previously been Head of English at a college and a Deputy Head of a school, amongst other posts.  He also spent several years making a living in the tourism industry, having worked as a Chef de Train for the French Travel Service and as a programme planner for British Airways.

He is currently fully engaged in teaching and research at all levels, with particular research interests in cultural tourism and heritage; dark tourism; museums; aspects of entrepreneurship and employability. Sustainability and good management of Tourism is at the heart of his approach to the industry.

Raymond is currently researching his PhD on the theme of dark tourism, and writing academic papers in this fascinating and engaging topic. In addition to academic responsibilities, Raymond is also responsible for student recruitment and admission to the Business Faculty, and this aspect of his role involves recruiting students from the UK and around the world to one of our many programmes, and reading a lot of UCAS personal statements.


Currently a guest editor for The International Journal of Tourism Cities.

Research / Scholarly interests

In the words of Paul Theroux, "There are two worlds: the world of the tourist and the world of everyone else. Often they're side by side. But the tourist doesn't actually see how people live." Raymond's approach is to apply knowledge in useful and sustainable ways to make the business of tourism better for everyone involved.

Key funded projects

SHARE: an EU funded project investigating how to employ heritage and culture in a sustainable way to promote visitation and local participation in selected regions.

Recent publications

Paulauskaite, Dominyka, Powell, Raymond, Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres and Morrison, Alastair M. (2017) Living like a local: Authentic tourism experiences and the sharing economy. International Journal of Tourism Research. Wiley. pp. 619-628. ISSN 1099-2340 ISSN 1099-2340

Dark Cities: A dark tourism index for Europe's tourism cities, based on the analysis of DMO websites (Forthcoming, 2018)

Sherry Liyanage J. Andres Coca-Stefaniak Raymond Powell , (2015),"Dark destinations – visitor reflections from a holocaust
memorial site", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 1 Iss 4 pp. 282 - 298

Powell, R. & Kennell, J., Dark Cities? Developing a methodology for researching dark tourism in European cities Second International Conference IACuDiT, Athens 2015, Springer pp 303-319

Booth, E and Powell, R,  Museums – from Cabinets of Curiosity to Cultural Shopping Experiences Second International Conference IACuDiT, Athens 2015, pp 131-143

Kokkranikal, J., Sun Yang, Y, Powell, R and Booth, E. Motivations in Battlefield Tourism: The Case of '1916 Easter Rising Rebellion', Dublin
Second International Conference IACuDiT, Athens 2015, PP321-330

Powell, Raymond and Iankova, Katia (2015) Dark London: Dimensions and characteristics of dark tourism supply in the UK capital. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research. ISSN 1303-2917 (Print), 2156-6909 (Online) (In Press)

Powell, R and Kokkranikal, J (2015) Motivations and Experiences of Museum Visitors: The Case of the Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom.  Cultural Tourism in a Digital Era Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics 2015, pp 169-181.

Powell, R and Kokkranikal, J (2014) From history to reality – engaging with visitors in the Imperial War Museum (North), Museum Management and Curatorship, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2014 pp 36-49

Booth, E., Dass, R. and Powell R. (2009) Determinants of Progression and Achievement amongst BTEC qualified students on the University of Greenwich BA Tourism Management degree - research project undertaken on behalf of the South London Lifelong Learning Network