Steven Richards

Steven Richards

  • Principal Academic In Tourism and Leisure Management
  • Dorset House D103, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Steve is a Principal Academic in Tourism Management, and currently delivers units on tourism development and planning, destination management, visitor attraction management and tourism operations. He has over ten years consultancy experience which has encompassed development projects, policy reviews and evaluations, market appraisals, environmental impact assessments, and social and economic assessments. He is an emerging thought leader in visitor attraction management, having published articles and conducted a number of projects in this area. Examples include:

• Chapman, A., Light, D. and Richards, S., 2021. Heritage attractions, competitive pressures and adaptation: the case of the British seaside pier. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 16 (5), 533-545.

• Cretan, R., Light, D., Richards, S. and Dunca, A., 2018. Encountering the Victims of Romanian Communism: Young People and Empathy in a Memorial Museum. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 59 (5-6), 632-656.

• Chapman, A., Richards, S. and Blake, A., 2020...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

No poverty

"End poverty in all its forms everywhere"

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Responsible consumption and production

"Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns"

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Journal Articles


  • Richards, S. and Wilkes, K., 2014. Tourism in England: London 2012 Olympic Games and Beyond. European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems: The EU Member States. 28-43.
  • Richards, S. and Wilkes, K., 2009. Attraction Failure and Success. Managing Visitor Attractions, Second Edition. 39-58.
  • Wilkes, K. and Richards, S., 2008. Attraction Failure and Success. In: Fyall, A., Garrod, B., Leask, A. and Wanhill, S., eds. Managing Visitor Attractions. 2nd ed.. Oxford: Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 39-58.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • Toursm Marketing Sustainable Tourism Planning


  • Pier Review (Coastal Revival Fund, 04 Mar 2019). Completed


  • MA in Tourism Management (Napier University, 1994)


  • Institute of Travel and Tourism, Member (2011-),