Tim Gale

Dr Tim Gale

  • Interim Head of Department (MSI)
  • Dorset House D163, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Tim joined Bournemouth University in June 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, having moved from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) where he was the academic lead for the University’s tourism and events degree programmes. He completed a PhD at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), successfully defending his thesis on the decline and restructuring of British seaside resorts in 2002. His research interests have since expanded to include new tourism spaces, places and experiences (such as urban beaches, virtual worlds and immersive events and performances), and tourism education/ pedagogy. These interests are underpinned by ideas associated with the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and critical realism as a philosophy of/ for the social sciences. He has written a number of refereed journal articles, book chapters and other works, from positioning papers and literature reviews to multi-method empirical studies incorporating questionnaire surveys and interviews, document analyses and visual methods, and has co-edited three books to date...


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:

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Sustainable cities and communities

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

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Responsible consumption and production

"Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns"

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Journal Articles

  • Gale, T., Obasaju, T. and Brown, L., 2021. What health preparations do international students make for their academic sojourn? Tourism Geographies.
  • Terry, A., Maddrell, A., Gale, T. and Arlidge, S., 2015. Spectators’ Negotiations of Risk, Masculinity and Performative Mobilities at the TT Races. Mobilities, 10 (4), 628-648.
  • Gale, T., 2009. Urban Beaches, Virtual Worlds and 'The End of Tourism'. Mobilities, 4, 119-138.
  • Gale, T., 2005. Modernism, post-modernism and the decline of British seaside resorts as long holiday destinations: A case study of Rhyl, North Wales. Tourism Geographies, 7, 86-112.
  • Gale, T. and Botterill, D., 2005. A realist agenda for tourist studies, or why destination areas really rise and fall in popularity. Tourist Studies, 5, 151-174.
  • Botterill, D., Haven, C. and Gale, T., 2002. A survey of doctoral theses accepted by universities in the UK and Ireland for studies related to tourism, 1990-1999. Tourist Studies, 2, 283-311.


  • Sacred mobilities: journeys of belief and belonging. Farnham, England Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
  • Hill, J. and Gale, T., 2009. Ecotourism and environmental sustainability: principles and practice. Farnham, England Burlington, VT: Ashgate.


  • Gale, T., 2010. Urban beaches as social tourism installations: case studies of Paris Plage and Bristol Urban Beach 2007. In: Cole, S. and Morgan, N., eds. Wallingford; UK: CABI.
  • Gale, T., 2008. The end of tourism, or endings in tourism? In: Burns, P.M. and Novelli, M., eds. Wallingford; UK: CABI.
  • Gale, T., 2007. The problems and dilemmas of northern European post-mature coastal tourism resorts. In: Agarwal, S. and Shaw, G., eds. Clevedon; UK: Channel View Publications.


  • Gale, T., 2022. Pop-up tourism and the 'cult of the temporary'. In: International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI) Centennial Congress 2022 18-22 July 2022 Paris.
  • Gale, T., 2019. Revisiting Rhyl: a study of land use, cover and value since 1990. In: Sea Change: Coastal Heritage and Climate Change 4-6 September 2019 Blackpool.
  • Gale, T., Gross, A. and Wassler, P., 2019. Intergroup conflict and its impact on tourism: Causes and consequences of conflict between landowners and the nomadic Samburu tribe in Laikipia County, Kenya. In: TTRA Europe2019 8-10 April 2019 Bournemouth.
  • Gale, T., Light, D. and Long, P., 2016. Student assessment as a means of programme evaluation. In: Association for Teaching in Higher Education Annual Conference 9 December 2016 Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Design for Tourism and Hospitality (Level 7)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • The Tourism and Hospitality Industries (Level 4)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Design (Level 6)
  • Geography of Tourism Destinations (Level 4)
  • Tourism Issues and Futures (Level 6)

Invited Lectures

  • The creative economy and coastal towns, Bembridge, UK, 13 Mar 2018 more
  • Tourism Education: The View from Bournemouth, UK, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 01 Dec 2017 more
  • Is the British seaside still relevant, and how?, Southend-on-Sea, 17 Nov 2017 more

External Responsibilities

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University, External Examiner (2019-)
  • Sheffield Hallam University, External Examiner (2014-2019)
  • Bournemouth University, External Examiner (2012-2015)
  • University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner (2009-2013)
  • University of Glamorgan, External Examiner (2007-2011)
  • University of Salford, External Examiner (2003-2007)

Conference Presentations

  • International Geographical Union (UGI-IGU) Centennial Congress 2022, Pop-up tourism and the 'cult of the temporary', 18 Jul 2022, Paris


  • PhD in Tourism (University of Wales, 2002)
  • MA in Tourism and Social Responsibility (College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, 1994)
  • BA (Hons) in Geography (University of Exeter, 1992)


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2018-),

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