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Professor Tim Coles

Professor Tim Coles

Professor of Management

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Tim Coles is Professor of Management in the University of Exeter Business School where he has led the successful tourism subject group for the last decade.  His research examines how businesses and organisations in tourism, the cultural industries and creative economy respond to major challenges -such as digital innovation, austerity, Brexit, and global environmental change- in their management practices, operations and business models.

As a world-leading authority on business and management research in tourism, he is the author of over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 30 chapters in books, and co-author or –editor of four volumes.  He edits two book series for Routledge and is a member of the editorial board of five international, peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Sustainable Tourism where his work has regularly appeared.

Tim’s research has been extensively funded, in particular by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union.  Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, he led the successful £1.5 million, inter-disciplinary bid that established Exeter as the UK centre for postgraduate and postdoctoral capacity building in sport, leisure and tourism in the social sciences.  He was director of the Exeter Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism from 2008 to 2013.

Tim is deeply committed to engaged research, knowledge exchange and co-production.  He has completed projects for and with a wide range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors.  These have included the World Travel and Tourism Council, Tate, Arts Council England, National Trust, Flybe, Ministry of Defence, UK Trade and Investment, Rugby Football Union, BT, and Land Securities.  Prior to moving to the Business School in 2005, he completed a two-year secondment as a University Business Research Fellow funded by the Regional Development Agency, tasked with bridging the gaps between practice and academia.

Within the Business School, Tim has held several senior management roles.  Most recently he has been Associate Dean for Research and Impact (2016-18), with responsibility for the overall strategic oversight and direction of the research portfolio.  From 2015 to 2016, he was the Director of Impact, charged with enhancing the impact of the school’s research on its partners, beneficiaries and end users.  In 2017 he was invited by the Deputy Vice Chancellor to establish the University of Exeter’s Public Engagement Strategic Advisory Group (PEG) which he chairs.  In 2018/19 he will have research study leave (sabbatical).

Administrative responsibilities

  • Chair, University of Exeter Public Engagement Strategic Advisory Group (PEG)
  • Member, University of Exeter ESRC Strategy Group

Qualifications

BSc, PhD (Exeter)

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Business model innovation in tourism, the cultural industries and creative economy.
  • Sustainable business and environmental behaviours in tourism.
  • Digital solutions for tourism management.
  • Resilience, risk and response in the tourism sector.

From the sheer number of people travelling these days to the proliferation of new digital platforms for tourism, there are many strong reasons for understanding changing mobility patterns and visitor economies.  As a crucible for innovation, the tourism sector faces a dynamic range of issues around digital disruption, regulation, competition, privacy, data protection, productivity and pay gaps, among many others.

Tim’s work investigates how businesses and organisations in tourism and the cultural industries respond to these 'grand challenges' in their management practices, operations and business models.  He is also interested in the potential of digital to provide new solutions to long-standing management challenges; to offer new insights into how contemporary consumers make decisions about their trips; and to present new possibilities for measuring and analysing visits and experiences that may result in further rounds of business model innovation.  This is set against a backdrop of a sector that, although it may be growing and attractive to investors, is nevertheless highly vulnerable to market disruptions, natural hazards and events.

Research projects

The latest part of a long-standing programme with small- and medium-sized tourism enterprises, originally funded by the ESRC, has revealed the extent to which environmental costs are overlooked and misunderstood in routine business management.  This is despite the availability of relevant data as well as their importance to profitability and business resilience in challenging economic circumstances.  Although climate change may not be the media cause celebre it was a decade ago, the next phase will examine whether the impetus for pro-environmental or sustainable business practices has continued unabated.

Tim is also involved in several projects that examine changing notions of value and how value is understood and produced among cultural organisations.  These include the Unlimited Value, a two-year (2016-18) project funded by the Arts Council England that explores the various social values libraries have for local communities and how this may inform new business models that improve their financial sustainability.  In parallel, he is co-supervising doctoral research on the range of business models used by various types of cultural entrepreneurs, as well as how family audiences value museum and gallery experiences, through a case study of the Tate estate.

Finally, Tim is a co-investigator in the VISTA-AR initiative, a €7.8 million initiative funded by the EU and led by the Business School on behalf of a consortium of partners in France and the UK.  The aims of this five-year (2018-23) programme are to develop an understanding of visitor experiences, create new VR and AR digital tools, and explore new business models and opportunities presented by digital technology.

Tim’s research can be found on his pages on ORCiD, Research Gate, and Google Scholar.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Coles TE, Duval DT, Shaw G (2013). Student's Guide to Writing Dissertations and Theses in Tourism Studies and Related Disciplines. Abingdon, Routledge.
Coles TE, Hall CM (2008). International Business and Tourism:. Global Issues, Contemporary Interactions.  Abingdon, Routledge.
Church A, Coles TE (2007). Tourism, Power and Space.  Abingdon, Routledge.
Coles TE, Timothy DJ (2004). Tourism, Diasporas, and Space. Abingdon, Routledge. Abstract.

Journal articles

Hutchison F, Bailey AR, Coles T (In Press). An Evidence Based Methodology for Cultural Institutions Seeking to Identify and Profile their Local Populations. Museum Management and Curatorship (RMMC) Full text. DOI.
Borden DS, Shaw G, Coles TE (2017). Consensus building in social marketing campaigns through the Delphi method. Social Marketing Quarterly, 1-14. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Borden DS, Coles TE, Shaw G (2017). Social marketing, sustainable tourism, and small/medium size tourism enterprises: challenges and opportunities for changing guest behaviour. Journal of Sustainable Tourism Full text. DOI.
Church A, Coles TE, Fish R (2017). Tourism in Sub-Global Assessments of Ecosystem Services. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25, 1529-1546. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles T (2016). Book Reviews. European Urban and Regional Studies, 10(4), 376-377. DOI.
Coles T, Warren N, Borden DS, Dinan C (2016). Business models among SMTEs: identifying attitudes to environmental costs and their implications for sustainable tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(4), 471-488. Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan C, Warren N (2016). Carbon Villains? Climate Change Responses among Accommodation Providers in Historic Premises. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 11(1), 25-42. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan C, Warren N (2016). Energy Practices among Small- and Medium-sized Tourism Enterprises: a Case of Misdirected Effort?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 111(B), 399-408. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Thomas GL, Coles T, Wilson MR (2016). Exploring mini rugby union coaches’ perceptions of competitive activities. Sports Coaching Review, 6(1), 94-107. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2016). Tourism and post-disciplinarity: back to the future?. Tourism Analysis, 21(Special issue on Post-disciplinarity), 373-387. Abstract. DOI.
Coles T (2016). Transformation of the Retail Sector in Eastern Germany after Unification. European Urban and Regional Studies, 5(1), 77-83. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan CR, Warren N (2015). Climate change mitigation and the age of tourism accommodation buildings:. a UK perspective. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23(6), 900-921. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen S, Eijgelaar E, Gössling S, Higham J, Leemans R, Peeters P, Ram Y, Scott D, et al (2015). Denying bogus skepticism in climate change and tourism research. Tourism Management, 47, 352-356. Abstract. DOI.
Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen S, Eijgelaar E, Gössling S, Higham J, Leemans R, Peeters P, Ram Y, Scott D, et al (2015). No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management, 47, 341-347. DOI.
Coles TE (2015). Tourism mobilities: still a current issue in tourism?. Current Issues in Tourism, 18(1), 62-67. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Zschiegner A-K, Dinan CR (2014). A cluster analysis of climate change mitigation behaviours among SMTEs. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, 16(3), 382-399. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Fencolva E, Dinan C (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting among European Low-Fares Airlines: Challenges for the Examination and Development of Sustainable Mobilities. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(1), 69-88. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hunter-Jones P, Mccabe S, Coles T, Fyall A (2014). Editorial for the Special Issue of the International Journal of Tourism Research linked to the PhD Colloquium, Exeter, UK, 2nd-4th April 2012. International Journal of Tourism Research, 16(4), 313-314. DOI.
Warren N, Coles TE (2014). Out of sight and out of mind?. Tourism, the Journal of the Tourism Society, 160, 16-17.
Coles TE, Dinan CR, Hutchison, FC (2014). Tourism and the Public Sector in England since 2010:. a Disorderly Transition?. Current Issues in Tourism, 17(3), 247-279. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Zschiegner A-K, Dinan CR (2013). Climate change mitigation policy and the tourism sector: perspectives from the South West of England. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 5(1), 1-27. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan CR, Hutchison FC (2012). May we live in less interesting times?. Changing public sector support for tourism in England during the Sovereign Debt Crisis. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 1-2, 4-7. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Fenclova E, Coles TE (2011). Charitable partnerships among travel and tourism businesses: perspectives from low fares airlines. International Journal of Tourism Research, 13(4), 337-354. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Zschiegner AK (2011). Climate change mitigation among accommodation providers in the South West of England: comparisons between members and non-members of networks. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11(2), 117-132. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Fenclova E, Dinan CR (2011). Responsibilities, recession and the tourism sector:. perspectives on CSR among low-fares airlines during the economic downturn in the United Kingdom. Current Issues in Tourism, 14(6), 519-536. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM (2011). Rights and Regulation of Travel and Tourism Mobility. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(3), 209-233. DOI.
Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE (2011). Sustainable Lifestyles: sites, practices and policy. Environment and Planning A, 43, 3011-3029.
Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE (2011). Times for (Un)sustainability? Challenges and opportunities for developing behaviour change policy. Global Environmental Change, 21, 1234-1244. DOI.
Marcevova K, Coles TE, Shaw G (2010). Young Holidaymakers in Groups: Insights on Decision-making and Tourist Behaviour among University Students. Tourism Recreation Research, 35(3), 259-268. Abstract.
Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE, Prillwitz J (2009). 'A holiday is a holiday’: practicing sustainability, home and away. Journal of Transport Geography, 18(3), 474-481. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hall D, Singh TV, Henderson JC, Pearce PL, Brown F, Pike S, Coles T (2009). Book Reviews. Tourism Recreation Research, 34(1), 97-105. DOI.
Shaw G, Coles T (2009). Conference report. Urban History, 23(01), 90-92. DOI.
Coles T (2009). Ecotourism, NGOs and development. A critical analysis. Current Issues in Tourism, 12(3), 295-296. DOI.
Coles TE (2009). Tourism studies and the governance of higher education in the United Kingdom. Tourism Geographies, 11(1), 23-42. Abstract. DOI.
Coles T (2008). Book Review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14(1), 109-111. DOI.
Coles T (2008). Book Reviews. Current Issues in Tourism, 11(2), 203-204. DOI.
Coles TE, Liasidou SL, Shaw G (2008). Tourism and New Economic Geography: Issues and Challenges in Moving from Advocacy to Adoption. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 25(3-4), 312-324. Abstract. DOI.
Singh S, Wall G, Coles T, Fagence M, Smith VL, Grötzbach E, Prideaux B, Singh TV, Ryan C, Zhang G, et al (2007). Book Reviews. Tourism Recreation Research, 32(2), 91-103. DOI.
Coles T (2006). Book Review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14(4), 418-420. DOI.
Coles T (2006). Book review. Tourism Management, 27(2), 356-357. DOI.
Coles T (2006). Book review. Tourism Management, 27, 356-357. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall M (2006). Editorial: the geography of tourism is dead. Long live geographies of tourism and mobility. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(4-5), 289-292. DOI.
Scherle N, Coles TE (2006). Inter-cultural communications and power relations in international tourism commodity chains. Zeitschrift fur Wirtschaftsgeographie, 50(2), 109-122.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2006). Tourism and post-disciplinary enquiry. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(4-5), 293-319. Abstract. DOI.
Coles TE, Shaw G (2006). Tourism, Property and the Management of Change in Coastal Resorts: Perspectives from South West England. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(1), 46-68.
Coles T (2006). Tourism, creativity and regional development: on the 'project paradigm' in South West England. Wirtschaftsgeographische Studien(32-33), 30-45. Abstract.
SHAW G, VEITCH C, COLES T (2005). ACCESS, DISABILITY, AND TOURISM: CHANGING RESPONSES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. Tourism Review International, 8(3), 167-176. DOI.
Coles TE, Duval DT, Hall CM (2005). Mobilising tourism: a post-disciplinary critique. Tourism Recreation Research, 30(2), 53-63.
Shaw G, Coles T (2005). Selling the City: Urban Tourism Within the UK. Stadtetourismus, 265-278.
Coles TE, Hall D (2005). Tourism and EU enlargement: Plus ça change. International Journal of Tourism Research, 7(2), 51-61.
Coles T (2004). A Local Reading of a Global Disaster. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 15(2-3), 173-197. DOI.
Shaw G, Coles T (2004). Disability, Holidaymaking and the Tourism Industry in the UK. Tourism Management, 25, 397-403.
Coles T, Church A, Desforges L (2004). Discussion forum. Tourism Geographies, 6(2), 257-260. DOI.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism and leisure: reading geographies, producing knowledges. Tourism Geographies, 6(2), 1-8.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism and retail transactions: lessons from the Porsche experience. Journal of Vacation Marketing, 10(4), 378-389.
Coles T, Shaw G (2003). Strategy and tactics at the tourist-resident interface: Lessons for sustainable tourism management from the World Heritage city of Bath. Tourism, 51(2), 165-176. Abstract.
Coles TE (2003). The emergent tourism industry in eastern Germany a decade after Unification. Tourism Management, 24(2), 217-226. DOI.
Coles T (2003). Tourism, Diaspora and the Mediation of Vacationscapes : Some Lessons from Enticing Jewish- Americans to Germany. Espace, populations, sociétés, 21(2), 327-340. DOI.
Coles TE (2003). Urban tourism, place promotion and economic restructuring:. the case of post-socialist Leipzig. Tourism Geographies, 5(2), 190-219.
Coles T (2002). Tourism, Recreation and Sustainability: Linking Culture and the Environment. Land Use Policy, 19(3), 269-271. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Competition, contested retail space and the rise of the department store in Imperial Germany. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 9(3), 275-289. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Department Stores as Innovations in Retail Marketing: Some Observations on Marketing Practice and Perception in Wilhelmine, Germany. Journal of Macromarketing, 19, 34-47. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Reviews. Journal of Historical Geography, 25, 578-579. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Reviews. Journal of Historical Geography, 25(4), 578-579. DOI.
Coles T, Shaw G (1997). A sign of the times: Scandinavian town directories as sources for urban historical geography. Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 79(2), 65-81. Abstract.
Coles T, Alexander A, Shaw G (1997). Following the script: Optical Character Recognition Technology and the British Town and Trade Directory. History and Computing, 9(1-3), 1-16. DOI.
Coles T (1997). Trading places. Applied Geography, 17(4), 315-333. DOI.
Shaw G, Coles T (1995). Directories as elements of town life - the case of National Socialist Germany. Geographical Journal, 161, 296-306. Abstract.
Shaw G, Coles T (1995). European directories: a universal source for urban historians. Urban History, 22(1), 85-102. DOI.

Chapters

Coles TE (In Press). Globalization. In Jafari J, Xiao H (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Tourism, Berlin: Springer. Abstract.
Coles TE, Fenclova E, Dinan CR (2015). Tourism and corporate social responsibility. In Hall CM, Gossling S, Scott D (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability, Abingdon: Routledge, 270-279.  Abstract.
Coles TE (2013). Much ado about nothing?. Tourism and the financial crisis. In Visser G, Ferreira S (Eds.) Tourism and Crisis, Abingdon: Routledge, 35-52.
Coles TE, Zschiegner AK (2013). Responses to climate change mitigation during recessionary times:. perspectives from accommodation providers in the Southwest of England. In Visser G, Ferreira S (Eds.) Tourism and Crisis, Abingdon: Routledge, 140-158.
Coles T (2008). Citizenship and the state. In  (Ed) Routledge International Series in Tourism, Business & Management, Informa UK Limited, 55-69. DOI.
Scherle N, Coles T (2008). International business networks and intercultural communications in the production of tourism. In  (Ed) Routledge International Series in Tourism, Business & Management, Informa UK Limited, 124-142. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2008). Post-disciplinary tourism. In Tribe J (Ed) Philosophical Issues in Tourism, Clevedon: Channel View, 80-100.
Coles TE (2008). Telling tales of tourism: mobility, media and citizenship in the 2004 EU Enlargement. In Burns PM, Novelli M (Eds.) Tourism and Mobility: Local-Global Connections, CAB International, 65-80.
Coles T (2008). The implementation of sustainable tourism: a project-based perspective. In  (Ed) Sustainable Tourism Futures: Perspectives on Systems, Restructuring and Innovations, 203-221. DOI.
Coles TE (2008). The implementation of sustainable tourism: a project-based perspective. In Gossling S, Weaver D, Hall CM (Eds.) Sustainable Tourism Futures. Perspectives on Innovation, Scale and Restructuring, London: Routledge, 204-221.
Shaw G, Coles T (2007). The Resort Economy: Changing Structures and Management Issues in British Resorts. In Agarwal S, Shaw G (Eds.) Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts, Channel View, 40-56.
Shaw G (2006). Disability legislation and the empowerment of tourists with disabilities in the United Kingdom. In  (Ed) Tourism, Power and Space, 83-100. DOI.
Coles TE (2006). Enigma Variations? the TALC, marketing models and the descendents of the Product Life Cycle. In Butler RW (Ed) The Tourism Area Life Cycle: Conceptual and theoretical issues, Clevedon: Channel View Books, 49-66.
Coles TE (2004). Diaspora, Cultural Capital and the Production of Tourism: Lessons from Enticing Jewish-Americans to Germany. In Coles TE, Timothy DJ (Eds.) Tourism, Diasporas and Space, London: Routledge, 217-232.  Abstract.
Coles TE, Duval DT, Hall CM (2004). Tourism, mobility and global communities: new approaches to theorising tourism and tourist spaces. In Theobald W (Ed) Global Tourism, Amsterdam: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 463-481.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism, retailing and shopping: an axiomatic relationship?. In Lew AA, Williams AM, Hall CM (Eds.) A Companion to Tourism, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 360-373.
Coles T (2004). What makes a resort complex?: Reflections on the production of tourism space in a Caribbean resort complex. In  (Ed) Tourism in the Caribbean: Trends, Development, Prospects, 235-256. DOI.
Coles T, Shaw G (2002). Tourism, Tourists and Local Residents: Management Implications for the World Heritage City of Bath. In  (Ed) City Tourism 2002, Springer Nature, 230-240. DOI.

Conferences

Howard MB, Coles T (2016). A research agenda for the circular economy: SME integration in services-based supply chains. International Purchasing & Supply Education and Research Association. 26th - 31st Mar 2016.

Publications by year


In Press

Hutchison F, Bailey AR, Coles T (In Press). An Evidence Based Methodology for Cultural Institutions Seeking to Identify and Profile their Local Populations. Museum Management and Curatorship (RMMC) Full text. DOI.
Coles TE (In Press). Globalization. In Jafari J, Xiao H (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Tourism, Berlin: Springer. Abstract.

2017

Borden DS, Shaw G, Coles TE (2017). Consensus building in social marketing campaigns through the Delphi method. Social Marketing Quarterly, 1-14. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Borden DS, Coles TE, Shaw G (2017). Social marketing, sustainable tourism, and small/medium size tourism enterprises: challenges and opportunities for changing guest behaviour. Journal of Sustainable Tourism Full text. DOI.
Church A, Coles TE, Fish R (2017). Tourism in Sub-Global Assessments of Ecosystem Services. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25, 1529-1546. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2016

Howard MB, Coles T (2016). A research agenda for the circular economy: SME integration in services-based supply chains. International Purchasing & Supply Education and Research Association. 26th - 31st Mar 2016.
Coles T (2016). Book Reviews. European Urban and Regional Studies, 10(4), 376-377. DOI.
Coles T, Warren N, Borden DS, Dinan C (2016). Business models among SMTEs: identifying attitudes to environmental costs and their implications for sustainable tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(4), 471-488. Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan C, Warren N (2016). Carbon Villains? Climate Change Responses among Accommodation Providers in Historic Premises. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 11(1), 25-42. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Dinan C, Warren N (2016). Energy Practices among Small- and Medium-sized Tourism Enterprises: a Case of Misdirected Effort?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 111(B), 399-408. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Thomas GL, Coles T, Wilson MR (2016). Exploring mini rugby union coaches’ perceptions of competitive activities. Sports Coaching Review, 6(1), 94-107. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2016). Tourism and post-disciplinarity: back to the future?. Tourism Analysis, 21(Special issue on Post-disciplinarity), 373-387. Abstract. DOI.
Coles T (2016). Transformation of the Retail Sector in Eastern Germany after Unification. European Urban and Regional Studies, 5(1), 77-83. DOI.

2015

Coles TE, Dinan CR, Warren N (2015). Climate change mitigation and the age of tourism accommodation buildings:. a UK perspective. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23(6), 900-921. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen S, Eijgelaar E, Gössling S, Higham J, Leemans R, Peeters P, Ram Y, Scott D, et al (2015). Denying bogus skepticism in climate change and tourism research. Tourism Management, 47, 352-356. Abstract. DOI.
Hall CM, Amelung B, Cohen S, Eijgelaar E, Gössling S, Higham J, Leemans R, Peeters P, Ram Y, Scott D, et al (2015). No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management, 47, 341-347. DOI.
Coles TE, Fenclova E, Dinan CR (2015). Tourism and corporate social responsibility. In Hall CM, Gossling S, Scott D (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability, Abingdon: Routledge, 270-279.  Abstract.
Coles TE (2015). Tourism mobilities: still a current issue in tourism?. Current Issues in Tourism, 18(1), 62-67. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2014

Coles TE, Zschiegner A-K, Dinan CR (2014). A cluster analysis of climate change mitigation behaviours among SMTEs. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, 16(3), 382-399. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Fencolva E, Dinan C (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting among European Low-Fares Airlines: Challenges for the Examination and Development of Sustainable Mobilities. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(1), 69-88. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hunter-Jones P, Mccabe S, Coles T, Fyall A (2014). Editorial for the Special Issue of the International Journal of Tourism Research linked to the PhD Colloquium, Exeter, UK, 2nd-4th April 2012. International Journal of Tourism Research, 16(4), 313-314. DOI.
Warren N, Coles TE (2014). Out of sight and out of mind?. Tourism, the Journal of the Tourism Society, 160, 16-17.
Coles TE, Dinan CR, Hutchison, FC (2014). Tourism and the Public Sector in England since 2010:. a Disorderly Transition?. Current Issues in Tourism, 17(3), 247-279. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2013

Coles TE, Zschiegner A-K, Dinan CR (2013). Climate change mitigation policy and the tourism sector: perspectives from the South West of England. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 5(1), 1-27. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE (2013). Much ado about nothing?. Tourism and the financial crisis. In Visser G, Ferreira S (Eds.) Tourism and Crisis, Abingdon: Routledge, 35-52.
Coles TE, Zschiegner AK (2013). Responses to climate change mitigation during recessionary times:. perspectives from accommodation providers in the Southwest of England. In Visser G, Ferreira S (Eds.) Tourism and Crisis, Abingdon: Routledge, 140-158.
Coles TE, Duval DT, Shaw G (2013). Student's Guide to Writing Dissertations and Theses in Tourism Studies and Related Disciplines. Abingdon, Routledge.

2012

Coles TE, Dinan CR, Hutchison FC (2012). May we live in less interesting times?. Changing public sector support for tourism in England during the Sovereign Debt Crisis. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 1-2, 4-7. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2011

Fenclova E, Coles TE (2011). Charitable partnerships among travel and tourism businesses: perspectives from low fares airlines. International Journal of Tourism Research, 13(4), 337-354. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Zschiegner AK (2011). Climate change mitigation among accommodation providers in the South West of England: comparisons between members and non-members of networks. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11(2), 117-132. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Fenclova E, Dinan CR (2011). Responsibilities, recession and the tourism sector:. perspectives on CSR among low-fares airlines during the economic downturn in the United Kingdom. Current Issues in Tourism, 14(6), 519-536. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM (2011). Rights and Regulation of Travel and Tourism Mobility. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(3), 209-233. DOI.
Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE (2011). Sustainable Lifestyles: sites, practices and policy. Environment and Planning A, 43, 3011-3029.
Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE (2011). Times for (Un)sustainability? Challenges and opportunities for developing behaviour change policy. Global Environmental Change, 21, 1234-1244. DOI.

2010

Marcevova K, Coles TE, Shaw G (2010). Young Holidaymakers in Groups: Insights on Decision-making and Tourist Behaviour among University Students. Tourism Recreation Research, 35(3), 259-268. Abstract.

2009

Barr SW, Shaw G, Coles TE, Prillwitz J (2009). 'A holiday is a holiday’: practicing sustainability, home and away. Journal of Transport Geography, 18(3), 474-481. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hall D, Singh TV, Henderson JC, Pearce PL, Brown F, Pike S, Coles T (2009). Book Reviews. Tourism Recreation Research, 34(1), 97-105. DOI.
Shaw G, Coles T (2009). Conference report. Urban History, 23(01), 90-92. DOI.
Coles T (2009). Ecotourism, NGOs and development. A critical analysis. Current Issues in Tourism, 12(3), 295-296. DOI.
Coles TE (2009). Tourism studies and the governance of higher education in the United Kingdom. Tourism Geographies, 11(1), 23-42. Abstract. DOI.

2008

Coles T (2008). Book Review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14(1), 109-111. DOI.
Coles T (2008). Book Reviews. Current Issues in Tourism, 11(2), 203-204. DOI.
Coles T (2008). Citizenship and the state. In  (Ed) Routledge International Series in Tourism, Business & Management, Informa UK Limited, 55-69. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM (2008). International Business and Tourism:. Global Issues, Contemporary Interactions.  Abingdon, Routledge.
Scherle N, Coles T (2008). International business networks and intercultural communications in the production of tourism. In  (Ed) Routledge International Series in Tourism, Business & Management, Informa UK Limited, 124-142. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2008). Post-disciplinary tourism. In Tribe J (Ed) Philosophical Issues in Tourism, Clevedon: Channel View, 80-100.
Coles TE (2008). Telling tales of tourism: mobility, media and citizenship in the 2004 EU Enlargement. In Burns PM, Novelli M (Eds.) Tourism and Mobility: Local-Global Connections, CAB International, 65-80.
Coles T (2008). The implementation of sustainable tourism: a project-based perspective. In  (Ed) Sustainable Tourism Futures: Perspectives on Systems, Restructuring and Innovations, 203-221. DOI.
Coles TE (2008). The implementation of sustainable tourism: a project-based perspective. In Gossling S, Weaver D, Hall CM (Eds.) Sustainable Tourism Futures. Perspectives on Innovation, Scale and Restructuring, London: Routledge, 204-221.
Coles TE, Liasidou SL, Shaw G (2008). Tourism and New Economic Geography: Issues and Challenges in Moving from Advocacy to Adoption. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 25(3-4), 312-324. Abstract. DOI.

2007

Singh S, Wall G, Coles T, Fagence M, Smith VL, Grötzbach E, Prideaux B, Singh TV, Ryan C, Zhang G, et al (2007). Book Reviews. Tourism Recreation Research, 32(2), 91-103. DOI.
Shaw G, Coles T (2007). The Resort Economy: Changing Structures and Management Issues in British Resorts. In Agarwal S, Shaw G (Eds.) Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts, Channel View, 40-56.
Church A, Coles TE (2007). Tourism, Power and Space.  Abingdon, Routledge.

2006

Coles T (2006). Book Review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14(4), 418-420. DOI.
Coles T (2006). Book review. Tourism Management, 27(2), 356-357. DOI.
Coles T (2006). Book review. Tourism Management, 27, 356-357. DOI.
Shaw G (2006). Disability legislation and the empowerment of tourists with disabilities in the United Kingdom. In  (Ed) Tourism, Power and Space, 83-100. DOI.
Coles TE, Hall M (2006). Editorial: the geography of tourism is dead. Long live geographies of tourism and mobility. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(4-5), 289-292. DOI.
Coles TE (2006). Enigma Variations? the TALC, marketing models and the descendents of the Product Life Cycle. In Butler RW (Ed) The Tourism Area Life Cycle: Conceptual and theoretical issues, Clevedon: Channel View Books, 49-66.
Scherle N, Coles TE (2006). Inter-cultural communications and power relations in international tourism commodity chains. Zeitschrift fur Wirtschaftsgeographie, 50(2), 109-122.
Coles TE, Hall CM, Duval DT (2006). Tourism and post-disciplinary enquiry. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(4-5), 293-319. Abstract. DOI.
Coles TE, Shaw G (2006). Tourism, Property and the Management of Change in Coastal Resorts: Perspectives from South West England. Current Issues in Tourism, 9(1), 46-68.
Coles T (2006). Tourism, creativity and regional development: on the 'project paradigm' in South West England. Wirtschaftsgeographische Studien(32-33), 30-45. Abstract.

2005

SHAW G, VEITCH C, COLES T (2005). ACCESS, DISABILITY, AND TOURISM: CHANGING RESPONSES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. Tourism Review International, 8(3), 167-176. DOI.
Coles TE, Duval DT, Hall CM (2005). Mobilising tourism: a post-disciplinary critique. Tourism Recreation Research, 30(2), 53-63.
Shaw G, Coles T (2005). Selling the City: Urban Tourism Within the UK. Stadtetourismus, 265-278.
Coles TE, Hall D (2005). Tourism and EU enlargement: Plus ça change. International Journal of Tourism Research, 7(2), 51-61.

2004

Coles T (2004). A Local Reading of a Global Disaster. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 15(2-3), 173-197. DOI.
Coles TE (2004). Diaspora, Cultural Capital and the Production of Tourism: Lessons from Enticing Jewish-Americans to Germany. In Coles TE, Timothy DJ (Eds.) Tourism, Diasporas and Space, London: Routledge, 217-232.  Abstract.
Shaw G, Coles T (2004). Disability, Holidaymaking and the Tourism Industry in the UK. Tourism Management, 25, 397-403.
Coles T, Church A, Desforges L (2004). Discussion forum. Tourism Geographies, 6(2), 257-260. DOI.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism and leisure: reading geographies, producing knowledges. Tourism Geographies, 6(2), 1-8.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism and retail transactions: lessons from the Porsche experience. Journal of Vacation Marketing, 10(4), 378-389.
Coles TE, Timothy DJ (2004). Tourism, Diasporas, and Space. Abingdon, Routledge. Abstract.
Coles TE, Duval DT, Hall CM (2004). Tourism, mobility and global communities: new approaches to theorising tourism and tourist spaces. In Theobald W (Ed) Global Tourism, Amsterdam: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 463-481.
Coles TE (2004). Tourism, retailing and shopping: an axiomatic relationship?. In Lew AA, Williams AM, Hall CM (Eds.) A Companion to Tourism, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 360-373.
Coles T (2004). What makes a resort complex?: Reflections on the production of tourism space in a Caribbean resort complex. In  (Ed) Tourism in the Caribbean: Trends, Development, Prospects, 235-256. DOI.

2003

Coles T, Shaw G (2003). Strategy and tactics at the tourist-resident interface: Lessons for sustainable tourism management from the World Heritage city of Bath. Tourism, 51(2), 165-176. Abstract.
Coles TE (2003). The emergent tourism industry in eastern Germany a decade after Unification. Tourism Management, 24(2), 217-226. DOI.
Coles T (2003). Tourism, Diaspora and the Mediation of Vacationscapes : Some Lessons from Enticing Jewish- Americans to Germany. Espace, populations, sociétés, 21(2), 327-340. DOI.
Coles TE (2003). Urban tourism, place promotion and economic restructuring:. the case of post-socialist Leipzig. Tourism Geographies, 5(2), 190-219.

2002

Coles T (2002). Tourism, Recreation and Sustainability: Linking Culture and the Environment. Land Use Policy, 19(3), 269-271. DOI.
Coles T, Shaw G (2002). Tourism, Tourists and Local Residents: Management Implications for the World Heritage City of Bath. In  (Ed) City Tourism 2002, Springer Nature, 230-240. DOI.

1999

Coles T (1999). Competition, contested retail space and the rise of the department store in Imperial Germany. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 9(3), 275-289. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Department Stores as Innovations in Retail Marketing: Some Observations on Marketing Practice and Perception in Wilhelmine, Germany. Journal of Macromarketing, 19, 34-47. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Reviews. Journal of Historical Geography, 25, 578-579. DOI.
Coles T (1999). Reviews. Journal of Historical Geography, 25(4), 578-579. DOI.

1997

Coles T, Shaw G (1997). A sign of the times: Scandinavian town directories as sources for urban historical geography. Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 79(2), 65-81. Abstract.
Coles T, Alexander A, Shaw G (1997). Following the script: Optical Character Recognition Technology and the British Town and Trade Directory. History and Computing, 9(1-3), 1-16. DOI.
Coles T (1997). Trading places. Applied Geography, 17(4), 315-333. DOI.

1995

Shaw G, Coles T (1995). Directories as elements of town life - the case of National Socialist Germany. Geographical Journal, 161, 296-306. Abstract.
Shaw G, Coles T (1995). European directories: a universal source for urban historians. Urban History, 22(1), 85-102. DOI.

Awards and Honours

  • 2016 Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 2015 ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards (Business Category) - Shortlisted
  • 2002-04: Business Research Fellowship (SWRDA)
  • 1993 Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize (Royal Geographical Society)

Conferences and invited presentations

  • ‘2012:  Impact for the long run’, Keynote address, ESRC IAA Launch, Exeter, October 2014.
  • ‘This much I know…. [about SMTEs]’, Keynote address, Green Travelism Summer School, University of Hasselt, Belgium, August 2014.
  • ‘Understanding the role of tourism in ecosystem services’, Keynote address, Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference: Nature, Culture and Networking for Sustainable Tourism, Dambula, Sri Lanka, August 2014.
  • ‘Tourism as a driver for regional economic development’, Keynote address, Sibiu Smart City Conference, Heritas Foundation, Sibiu, Rumania, October 2013.
  • ‘Post-disciplinary research in travel and tourism’, Keynote address, First Tourism Postdisciplinarity Conference, University of Lausanne, June 2013.

External positions

As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor Coles has a long-standing commitment to delivering innovative, excellent and memorable learning experiences.  Tim strongly believes that tourism, hospitality and events deserve a place in contemporary business schools by virtue of their global significance and distinctiveness.  He was instrumental in developing the first events management modules offered to undergraduate and masters students in a Russell Group university, in the process proving that there are exciting, dynamic and well-remunerated graduate jobs in the sector.

In his modules, Tim explores the interfaces between management principles and practices, and between the academy and everyday business and commerce.  Inspired by his research and his experiences of consultancy and contract research, Tim’s current postgraduate modules are designed to ensure that students have the dual benefits of academic rigour combined with ‘real world’ practicality.  For instance, BEMM381 Tourism Business uses international case-studies as well as practical examples from regional businesses to unpack key ideas and issues, and to prepare students from all backgrounds for life beyond the classroom.

Tim has worked to build Exeter into an international centre of excellence for postgraduate studies in tourism and related studies, with Exeter now ranked by QS among the Top 50 universities worldwide for Hospitality and Leisure.  After moving to the business school, he was originally responsible for establishing the MSc International Tourism Management.  As a passionate advocate for doctoral training, he secured research council accreditation for Exeter’s MRes in Tourism Studies, then the only UK university to have it in the subject area.

Tim is a very active and committed supervisor of research students at all stages.  24 students have successfully completed their doctorates with his direction, and 16 are working in higher education throughout the world.  In 2013 he published a textbook on writing dissertations and theses in tourism and related subjects, primarily aimed at undergraduate students.  This broke new ground by adopting an overtly project management, time-based approach to tackling dissertations by breaking down independent research into a series of less daunting, more ‘do-able’ tasks.  Scalable and adaptable in scope, the principles are equally applicable to doctoral and masters students, both in tourism and other social science disciplines.  At present he is interested in supervising students in the areas of:

  • Business model innovation in tourism, the cultural industries and creative economy.
  • Digital value propositions (AR/VR) and tourism management solutions.
  • Innovation, new forms of competition, governance and regulation in tourism sharing economy.
  • Business resilience, risk and disaster planning in the tourism sector.
  • Environmental change, impacts and behaviours in tourism.
  • Business-to-business relationships in tourism. 

Modules

2017/18