Brian is a Visiting Professor in the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management at Queen Margaret University (QMU), and works as an independent tourism research consultant for a number of Scottish and UK organisations, as well as a freelance tourism academic. He has published a wide range of academic and industry focused papers on an eclectic mix of tourism and hospitality topics, and he considers himself a generalist researcher, not a specialist researcher. He has extensive skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as mix methods research. His recent research has focused on the impact of social media on tourism as well as issues affecting the development of public sector tourism policy. Prior to his appointment at QMU, he worked for twenty years as Head of Research at VisitScotland/Scottish Tourist Board, where he oversaw its extensive research programme.
He has been an external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism at a number of UK universities, as well as an external examiner for a number of PhD’s, both in the UK and Australia. He has also been a member of the Editorial Board of a number of tourism journals, and has had held Visiting Professorships’ at both Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University and for six years was Chair of the Board of Management at Edinburgh’s Telford College. He is also currently a trustee of both the Thomas Telford Trust and Heriot-Watt University Students Association.
Brian has a first degree in Town & Country Planning from Heriot-Watt University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism from Surrey University, a M.Sc. in Recreation Management from Loughborough University and a Ph.D. in Recreation Resources Development from Texas A&M University. He is a full member of the Tourism Society.
Contact: Brian Hay