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My main areas of expertise and interest lie in the field of consumer behaviour and the management of wildlife tourism. I have written articles on the emotional and psychological benefits of taking a wildlife holiday, memorable wildlife encounters, how wildlife tourists attend to and perceive wildlife, and the importance of tour leaders in the responsible management of wildlife tourism.
My work on the human dimensions of wildlife takes me to some beautiful places and interesting habitats where I can fulfil my passion for seeing and writing about all sorts of fauna and flora.
I have recently been responsible for the qualitative elements of research into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of wildlife tourism in Scotland for the Scottish government and I am currently working on projects in the UK and Canada. This present research extends into the field of well-being and nature-based experiences both at home and on holiday, and the extent to which animal attractions feature in the general package holiday market.
- Curtin, S. and Brown, L., 2019. Travelling with a purpose: an ethnographic study of the eudemonic experiences of volunteer expedition participants. Tourist Studies.
- Wall, S., Hemingway, A. and Curtin, S., 2017. Engaging with a healthy tourism “offer”: strategies to improve place perceptions. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 9 (5), 525-533.
- Kragh, Stafford, R., Curtin, S. and Diaz, A., 2016. Environmental volunteer well-being: managers’ perception and actual well-being of volunteers. F1000Research, 5 (2679).
- Curtin, S. and Kragh, G., 2014. Wildlife Tourism: Reconnecting People with Nature. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal, 19 (6).
- Curtin, S. and Kragh, G., 2014. WILDLIFE TOURISM: RECONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19 (6).
- Hill, J., Curtin, S.C. and Gough, G., 2014. Understanding Tourist Encounters with Nature: A Thematic Framework. Tourism Geographies.
- Hill, J., Curtin, S. and Gough, G., 2014. Understanding tourist encounters with nature: a thematic framework. TOURISM GEOGRAPHIES, 16 (1), 68-87.
- Hibbert, J.F., Dickinson, J.E., Gössling, S. and Curtin, S., 2013. Identity and tourism mobility: An exploration of the attitude-behaviour gap. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 21 (7), 999-1016.
- Curtin, S., 2013. Lessons from Scotland: British wildlife tourism demand, product development and destination management. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 2 (3).
- Hibbert, J.F., Dickinson, J.E. and Curtin, S., 2013. Understanding the influence of interpersonal relationships on identity and tourism travel. Anatolia, 24 (1), 30-39.
- Curtin, S.C., 2010. Managing the Wildlife Tourism Experience: The Importance of Tour Leaders. International Journal of Tourism Research, 12, 219-236.
- Curtin, S.C., 2010. What makes for memorable wildlife encounters? Revelations from 'serious' wildlife tourists. Journal of Ecotourism, 9, 149-168.
- Curtin, S.C., 2010. The Self-Presentation and Self-Development of Serious Wildlife Tourists. International Journal of Tourism Research, 12, 17-33.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Book Review: James Higham and Michael Lück, Editors, Marine Wildlife and Tourism Management: Insights from the Natural and Social Sciences, CAB International, Wallingford (2008) ISBN 978-1-84593-345-6. Tourism Management, 30, 609-610.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Wildlife Tourism: The Intangible, Psychological Benefits of Human-Wildlife Encounters. Current Issues in Tourism, 12, 451-474.
- Curtin, S.C., Richards, S. and Westcott, S.M., 2009. Tourism and Grey Seals in South Devon: Management Strategies, Voluntary Controls and Tourist Perceptions of Disturbance. Current Issues in Tourism, 12, 59-81.
- Curtin, S.C. and Wilkes, K., 2007. Swimming with captive dolphins: current debates and post-experience dissonance. International Journal of Tourism Research, 9, 131-146.
- Doorne, S., Cary, S.H., Brown, G., Lester, J.A., Browne, K., Pernecky, T., Curtin, S., Abramovici, M. and Morgan, N., 2007. Processes of becoming: Academic journeys, moments and reflections. , 387-395.
- Curtin, S.C., 2006. Swimming with dolphins: a phenomenological exploration of tourist recollections. International Journal of Tourism Research, 8, 301-315.
- Curtin, S.C., 2005. Nature, wild animals and tourism: an experiential view. Journal of Ecotourism, 4, 1-15.
- Curtin, S.C. and Wilkes, K., 2005. British wildlife tourism operators: current issues and typologies. Current Issues in Tourism, 8, 455-478.
- Curtin, S.C., 2003. Whale-watching in Kaikoura: sustainable destination development? Journal of Ecotourism, 2, 173-195.
- Curtin, S.C. and Busby, G., 1999. Sustainable destination development: the tour operator perspective. International Journal of Tourism Research, 1, 135-147.
- Curtin, S., 2018. Consumer perceptions of keeping wild animals in captivity. Wild Animals and Leisure Rights and Wellbeing. Routledge.
- Curtin, S., 2015. Birds, bees and woodland trees: Why engaging with wildlife is good for you. In: Burls, A. and Elias, T., eds. Parks and Wildlife as natural health providers. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Curtin, S.C. and Fox, D., 2014. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Gardening: Its Development, Controversies and Psychological Benefits. In: Dixon, G. and Aldous, D., eds. Horticulture – Plants for People and Places. Springer.
- Curtin, S.C., 2013. The Intrinsic Motivations and Psychological Benefits of Eco/Wildlife Tourism Experiences. In: Ballantyne, R. and Packer, J., eds. International Handbook on Ecotourism. Edward Elgar Books (UK).
- Curtin, S.C., 2012. The effect of British natural history television programmes: Animal representations and wildlife tourism. Mediating the Tourist Experience: From Brochures to Virtual Encounters. Channel View Publications.
- Curtin, S.C., 2008. Vulnerability of Marine Mammals to Diving Activities. In: Garrod, B. and Gossling, S., eds. New Frontiers in Marine Tourism :Diving Experiences, Sustainability, Management. London: Elsevier.
- Kragh, G., Stafford, R., Curtin, S. and Diaz, A., 2016. Understanding motivations of citizen scientists. In: First International ECSA Conference 2016: Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy 19-21 May 2016 Berlin, Germany.
- Kragh, G., Stafford, R., Curtin, S. and Diaz, A., 2015. Understanding volunteers in ecology: relationships between motivation, well-being and project outcomes. In: BES Annual Meeting 13-16 December 2015 Edinburgh, UK.
- Kragh, G., Stafford, R., Curtin, S. and Diaz, A., 2015. Understanding participants in citizen science: relationships between motivation, well-being and project outcomes. In: Science for the environment 1-2 October 2015 Aarhus, Denmark.
- Curtin, S., 2014. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Gardening: its Development, Controversies and Psychological Benefits. In: National Parks and Wildlife as Natural Health Service Providers 9-11 April 2014 Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park.
- Curtin, S., 2014. Purposeful Travel to Nepal: An Ethnographic Study of the Eudemonic and Hedonistic Experiences of Volunteers.
- Curtin, S., 2014. Purposeful travel to Nepal: an ethnographic insight into the eudemonic and hedonistic aspirations of conservation expedition volunteers. In: 4th International Conference on Tourism Research (4ICTR) 9 December-11 November 2014 Kota Kinabalu & Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Malaysian-Borneo.
- Curtin, S., 2013. Wildlife Tourism in Great Britain: Making the most of a bio-diverse countryside. In: Active Countryside Tourism 23-25 January 2013 Leeds.
- Curtin, S., 2011. Tiger, tiger burning bright:is tourism a blessing or a blight? In: Special Interest Tourism and Destination Management Conference 2011 27-30 April 2011 Kathmandu, Nepal,.
- Curtin, S.C. and Blake, A., 2010. Setting the scene: wildlife tourist typologies, behaviour and economic impact. In: Wildlife tourism in Britain: future directions, developments and management implications 12 May 2010 Bournemouth University, England.
- Curtin, S.C., 2010. Travel the whole wild world: the importance of nature conservation for Britain's domestic wildlife tourism market. In: The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates and Challenges 22-25 April 2010 Crete and Santorini.
- Curtin, S.C., 2010. Watching the performance: wildlife tourism in Britain and the 'Springwatch' factor. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2010 1-3 September 2010 London.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. From ‘Sandals and Beards to Sophisticated Urbanites’: The Opportunities and Management Dilemmas of a Dynamic Wildlife Tourism Sector. In: CAUTHE 18th International Research Conference: See Change: Tourism & Hospitality in a Dynamic World 10-13 February 2009 Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia..
- Curtin, S.C., 2008. Tourist-Wildlife Encounters: Space, Place and Lifestyle Mobilities. In: ESRC Workshop, University of the West of England 6 March 2008 Bristol, England.
- Curtin, S.C., 2008. Nature and Wildlife Tourism Experiences: Feelings of Well-Being and Restoration. In: The Consumer Behaviour in Tourism Symposium 11-13 December 2008 Free University of Bozen, Bruneck / Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy.
- Curtin, S.C., 2008. Nature and Wildlife Tourism Experiences: Feelings of Well-Being and Restoration. In: First Workshop on Tourism Specific Quality of Life Methodology 13-14 November 2008 Budapest, Hungary.
- Curtin, S.C. and Wilkes, K., 2007. Designing and Co-creating Memorable Wildlife Experiences: The Role of the Tour Leader. In: Extraordinary Experiences Conference:managing the consumer experience in hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism, retail and events 3-4 September 2007 Bournemouth, England.
- Curtin, S.C., 2007. The Emotional and Experiential Benefits of Wildlife Tourism:‘Wonderment, Contemplation and Sustenance’. In: Extraordinary Experiences Conference; managing the consumer experience in hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism, retail and events 3-4 September 2007 Bournemouth University, England.
- Curtin, S.C., 2006. Being ‘On Tour’: The Idiosyncrasies of the Wildlife Enthusiast. In: Postgraduate Research Conference: Progressing Tourism Research 30-31 March 2006 University of Exeter, England.
- Curtin, S.C., 2005. Swimming with Dolphins: Recollections of a 'Once in a Lifetime' Experience. In: International Conference on Critical Tourism Studies 20 June-3 July 2005 Dubrovnik, Croatia..
- Curtin, S.C., 2004. Wildlife Tourism in the UK: Opportunities, Networks and Partnerships. In: ATLAS Annual Conference Networking and Partnerships in Destination Development and Management 4-6 April 2004 Naples, Italy.
- Curtin, S.C. and Wilkes, K., 2004. Typologies, Issues and Management Dilemmas of British Wildlife Tour Operators. In: Tourism: State of the Art II Conference 27-30 June 2004 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
- Curtin, S.C., 2004. Nature, wild animals and tourism: an experiential view. In: CAUTHE Australian Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 10-13 February 2004 Brisbane, Australia..
- Curtin, S.C., 2002. Whale Watching in Kaikoura: A Model of Sustainability? In: ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education) Conference: Visions of Sustainability 14-16 November 2002 Estoril Higher Education Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Estoril, Portugal.
- Curtin, S.C. and Shaw, G., 2001. Contesting Tourism Resorts: Resident Reactions and Behaviour. In: RGS/IBG Conference 3-5 January 2001 University of Plymouth, England.
- Curtin, S.. Conservation, Development and Tourism: Testing Times for Tigers. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011 30 September-2 August 2011 Royal Geographical Society, London.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Industry Insights into Scotland’s Strengths and Weaknesses as a Wildlife Tourism Destination. Industry Workshops, December 2009. For the Scottish Government Social Research.. Scottish Government. Social Research.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Industry Insights Into Scotland’s Strengths And Weaknesses As A Wildlife Tourism Destination. In-depth Interviews with Wildlife Tourism Operators. November 2009. For the Scottish Government. Social Research.. Scottish Government. Social Research.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Wildlife Tourism in Scotland. Focus Groups: Qualitative Insights into Scotland's Strengths and Weaknesses According to Non and Lapsed Wildlife Visitors. For the Scottish Government Social Research. September 2009.. Scottish Government. Social Research.
- Curtin, S.C., 2009. Wildlife Tourism in Scotland. Participant Observations: Qualitative Insights into Tourists' Perceptions and Experiences of Wildlife Watching in Scotland. For the Scottish Government Social Research. July 2009.. Scottish Government. Social Research.
- Blake, A. and Curtin, S.C., 2009. The Economic Impact of Wildlife Tourism in Scotland. Scottish Government.
- PhD in Wildlife Tourism:Tourist Expectations, Experiences (Bournemouth University, 2008)
- MA in Tourism and Social Responsibility (University of Exeter, 1998)
- BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management (University of Plymouth, 1997)
- PG Cert in Post Graduate Certificate in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2008)
- Scientific Exploration Society, Member (2012-),