Janet Dickinson

Professor Janet Dickinson

  • Professor In Tourism
  • Dorset House D109, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Prof. Janet Dickinson is based within the Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University where her research focuses on transport, mobile technology and collaborative communities, underpinned by a sustained interest in the social experience of time. Her funded research has been instrumental in developing the concept of slow travel and, more recently, analysed mobile enabled collaborative communities. She is currently exploring how the Internet of Things may transform reciprocal practices to bring about more sustainable travel, health and well-being benefits for a variety of communities. Her teaching spans the Tourism, Leisure and Event Management undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


Research is focused on transport, tourism and community taking a geographical perspective. Current research explores the locative, temporal, social networking and database properties of smart phones, to anticipate opportunities for transport connections and collaboration that are otherwise invisible. This offers opportunities to better utilise the transport resources available with the ultimate aim of reducing car travel.

Journal Articles



  • Dickinson, J., 2015. Slow Travel. In: Gossling, S., Hall, C.M., Scott, D. and Peeters, P., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability. Routledge.
  • Dickinson, J., Filimonau, V., Cherrett, T., Davies, N., Norgate, S., Speed, C. and Winstanley, C., 2014. Understanding temporal rhythms and travel behaviour at destinations: potential ways to achieve more sustainable travel. In: Cohen, S.A., Higham, J.E.S., Peeters, P. and Gossling, S., eds. Understanding and Governing Sustainable Tourism Mobility: Psychological and behavioural approaches.. Routledge.
  • Dickinson, J., 2013. European Transport Policy and Tourism. In: Costa, C. and Panyik, E., eds. Trends in European Tourism Planning And Organisation. Channel View.
  • Dickinson, J. and Lumsdon, L., 2012. Slow travel. The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment. 371-381.
  • Dickinson, J., 2011. Slow Travel: European Cycle Tourism. In: Garrod, B., ed. Contemporary Cases in Tourism. Goodfellow.
  • Robbins, D.K. and Dickinson, J.E., 2008. Transport to Visitor Attractions. In: Fyall, A., Garrod, B., Leask, A. and Wanhill, S., eds. Managing Visitor Attractions. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 108-126.
  • Robbins, D.K. and Dickinson, J.E., 2007. Achieving Domestic Tourism Growth and Simultaneously Reducing Car Dependency: The Illusive Prize. In: Peeters, P., ed. Tourism and Climate Change Mitigation : Methods, Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Policies. Breda, Holland: Stichting NHTV Breda, 169-187.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2004. Social constructions of tourism and local travel: implications for mobility in a rural tourism context. In: MacLellan, R., ed. Tourism: state of the art II: proceedings of a conference 27-30 June 2004, Glasgow. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. Scottish Hotel School.


  • Dickinson, J.E., Cherrett, T. and Sit, J., 2016. I want it now! The impact of home delivery on student halls of residence and urban areas. In: Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 31 August-2 September 2016 London.
  • Dickinson, J., Hibbert, J., Speed, C. and Cherrett, T., 2015. Collaborative Travel Apps, Reciprocity and the Internet of Things. In: UTSG 5-8 January 2015 London.
  • Dickinson, J., 2014. Communities within Spaces of Flows: a breakout session using the LinkLocal smartphone app to move objects around the city. In: AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2014 1-3 July 2014 Cardiff.
  • Dickinson, J., Filimonau, V., Cherrett, T., Davies, N., Norgate, S. and Speed, C., 2013. Rethinking travel networks: mobile media and collaborative travel in the tourism domain. In: UTSG 2-4 January 2013 Oxford.
  • Dickinson, J., Hibbert, J., Winstanley, C., Filimonau, V., Cherrett, T., Davies, N., Norgate, S. and Speed, C., 2013. Social media as a collaborative travel tool. In: Association of European Transport Conference 30 September-2 October 2013 Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Harding, M., Davies, N., Cherrett, T., Dickinson, J., Norgate, S. and Speed, C., 2012. Poster: SixthSense - Shaping travel activities through flexible interpretations of time. 531.
  • Filimonau, V. and Dickinson, J., 2012. Predicting and visualising congestion to enable fluid tourism travel. 15-16.
  • Davies, N., Lau, M., Speed, C., Cherritt, T., Dickinson, J.E. and Norgate, S., 2012. Sixth Sense Transport : Challenges in Supporting Flexible Time Travel. In: The 13th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications 28-29 February 2012 San Diego, California..
  • Dickinson, J., 2012. Sixth Sense Transport: Visualising Future Space-Time and the Potential for Behaviour Change. In: Psychological and behavioural approaches to understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility: An international workshop in the Black Forest 3-6 July 2012 Freiburg, Germany.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2008. Traveling Slowly: An Exploration of the Discourse of Holiday Travel. In: 40th Universities' Transport Studies Group Annual Conference 3-5 January 2008 Portsmouth, England.
  • Sadd, D., Dickinson, J.E., Jones, I. and Wilkes, K., 2007. London 2012: Will it be Regeneration or Renaissance? In: ACEM 2007: Re-eventing the City: Events as Catalysts for Change 11-12 July 2007 Melbourne, Australia.
  • Robbins, D.K. and Dickinson, J.E., 2007. Sustainable Transport, Destinations and Special Events. In: Event Tourism Conference - Enhancing Destinations and the Visitor Economy 10-11 January 2007 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2007. Climate Change and Holidays: Making the Connection by Travelling Slowly. In: RGS-IGB (Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers) Annual Conference: Sustainability & Quality of Life 29-31 August 2007 London.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2007. ‘Travelling slowly’: Slow Forms of Travel as Holiday Experiences. In: Extraordinary Experiences Conference: Managing the Consumer Experience in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Tourism, Retail and Events 3-4 September 2007 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Sadd, D., Dickinson, J., Jones, I. and Wilkes, K., 2007. London 2012: Will it be Regeneration or Rejuvenation? In: ACEM 4th International Event Research Conference & 2nd International Event Education & Research Network Australasia 10-13 July 2007 Melbourne, Australia. Sydney: Australian Centre for Events Management.
  • Shipway, R. and Dickinson, J.E., 2006. A Theoretical Study of the Impacts of Event Sport Tourism. In: AEME -Event Management Educators Forum, Bournemouth 22 June 2006 Bournemouth, England.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2006. Transport Problems in Destination Areas: Is There a Problem to Experience? In: GLTRG Postgraduate Conference2006: Progressing Tourism Research 30-31 March 2006 Exeter, England.
  • Dickinson, J.E. and Robbins, D.K., 2006. Subjective Accounts of Travel Behaviour Decisions at Rural Destinations. In: Cutting Edge Research in Tourism: New Directions, Challenges and Applications 6-9 June 2006 University of Surrey, England.
  • Robbins, D.K. and Dickinson, J.E., 2006. Achieving Tourism Growth and Simultaneously Reducing Car Dependency: The Illusive Prize. In: ECLAT Climate Change and Tourism Conference: Tourism and Climate Change Mitigation 11-14 June 2006 Tilburg, Netherlands.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2006. ‘The Traffic’s Never Bad Round Here; You Should See Where I Live’: The Relative Experience of Transport Problems in a Rural Destination Area. In: European Transport Conference 18-20 September 2006 Strasbourg, France.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2005. 'Other People Go Cycling': A Social Representations Perspective of Cycling in a Tourism and Leisure Setting. In: Cycling and Society Research Group 2nd Symposium: Culture, Community and Policy - Cycling in the 21st Century 4-5 April 2005 University of Cardiff, Wales.
  • Dickinson, J.E. and Robbins, D.K., 2005. Using the Car in a Fragile Rural Destination: A Social Representations Perspective of Residents' and Visitors' Mobility Patterns Using Travel Diaries. In: RGS - IBG Annual International Conference 31 August-2 September 2005 London, England.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2004. Social representations of rural tourism: coping with tourism in a sensitive rural setting. In: Tourism, Politics and Democracy Conference 2004 University of Brighton, UK.
  • Dickinson, J.E., 2003. Rural Tourism and Sustainable Transport Initiatives. In: ATLAS Conference: Quality of Life: Competing Value Perspectives in Leisure and Tourism June 2003 Leeuwarden, Netherlands.



  • Dickinson, J.E., 2006. Transport and travel in a fragile rural tourist destination: a social representations perspective of residents' and visitors' mobility patterns. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University; School of Services Management.



  • Mapping Flood Risks with Future Flow and Precipitation (Natural Environment Research Council [2006-2012], 01 Jan 2016). Completed
  • Creating sustainable transport experiences in the context of rural tourism: the New Forest travel experience (New Forest National Park Authority, 01 Jul 2014). Awarded
  • Communities in spaces of flow (AHRC, 01 Feb 2014). Awarded
  • Telling Tales of Engagement (RCUK Digital Economy Theme, 01 Dec 2013). Completed
  • Sixth Sense Transport (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 01 Aug 2011). Awarded
  • Slow tourism for a lower carbon future (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Royal Geographical Society, 01 Apr 2008). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Organised 'Migrant and Refugee Leisure Spaces and Community Well-being' session at Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference in London 2017

Conference Presentations

  • Royal Geographical Society International Conference, Multicultural lunches: leisure, food, migrants and refugees in the south of England, 28 Aug 2018, Cardiff University


  • HEA Senior Fellow in Education (2016)
  • PhD in Geography of transport and tourism (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • PG Cert in Research Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • MPhil in Geography (Sheffield University, 2000)
  • PG Dip in Landscape Architecture (Manchester Polytechnic, 1990)


  • Royal Geographical Society, Member,
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