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Research in the School of Aviation & Security

Research in the School of Aviation & Security

Our research focuses on academic and industry collaborations and partnerships, business engagement and inter-disciplinary research to generate regionally, nationally and internationally recognised insights. 

Our expertise falls into four main areas:

  • creation and development of more robust and sustainable aviation and tourism industry value chains – encompassing areas of management, strategy, operations and planning
  • development of organisational resilience and security systems and strategies in what is an increasingly dynamic and uncertain world
  • examination of the impact of anti-social behaviour on individuals and communities, and development of resulting prevent and protect policing strategies
  • generation of enhanced criminal investigation approaches with a focus on forensics and cybercrime.

Research outputs and other publications authored by staff in the School can be accessed via the University’s repository system.

  • the writing of research papers and other publications
  • bidding for and completion of funded research projects
  • PhD progression and supervision
  • participation in the UK Research Excellence Framework
  • participation in research networks and in international conferences as invited speakers
  • writing of thought leadership pieces based on solid underpinning research.
  • publication of substantive, industry focussed research in highly rated academic journals including Journal of Transport Geography, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies, Tourism and Hospitality Research and Journal of Event and Festivals Management
  • completion of an EU funded project into EU-Latin America air transport competitiveness and connectivity
  • publication of books and book chapters including Becoming Cabin Crew: A Course Textbook Designed to Support BTEC, NCFE and City and Guilds Qualifications by Hayley Stainton and Liberalisation developments in key selected emerging markets co-authored by David Warnock-Smith in the Routledge Companion to Air Transport Management.
  • incumbent air carrier strategies in deregulated environments
  • airline ancillary revenues
  • airline-airport relationships
  • regional air transport developments in Africa, Caribbean or Middle-East
  • music and dance tourism
  • perception and experience of events and festivals
  • the cultural tourist
  • ethical operations in hospitality and tourism
  • urban tourism
  • TEFL tourism
  • cabin and flight crew operations research
  • sustainable development frameworks for regional air transport markets
  • netnography
  • social media marketing
  • influencers
  • educational tourism
  • volunteer tourism

Current and recent PhD topics supervised by staff in the School include:

  • development of new processes and procedures for the transportation of human remains by air – Sam Guest
  • investigation into mental health issues of UK Military veterans – Wayne Palmer
  • TEFL Tourism: A Phenomenological Examination of the TEFL Teacher in Thailand – Hayley Stainton

For further information about the School’s research activity or to enquire about possible collaborations please email or call David on 01494 603 045.