Bernadette Quinn

Dr Bernadette Quinn lectures in the College of Arts and Tourism at the DIT. She is a Human Geographer whose research interests include arts festivals and events, tourism and cultural change, tourism, heritage and memory. She teaches modules on international event management, tourism policy and planning and cultural tourism, and is Programme Chair of the MSc Event Management. Her research has been widely published in leading geography, urban, leisure and tourism journals.

  • Arts festivals and cultural events
  • Relationship between culture and tourism
  • Tourism, heritage & memory
  • Women and tourism 


Quinn, B. (2013) Key Concepts in Event Management. London: Sage. (ISBN: 10 1849205604; 13 978 1849205603)

Journal articles

Roche, D. & Quinn, B. (accepted, forthcoming) Heritage sites and school children: insights from the Battle of the Boyne, Journal of Heritage Tourism

Quinn, B. & Ryan, T. (2015): Tour Guides and the mediation of difficult memories: the case of Dublin Castle, Ireland, Current Issues in Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2014.1001727

Ryan, T., Mottiar, Z. & Quinn, B. (2011) The dynamic role of entrepreneurs in destination development. Tourism Planning & Development, 9, 2, pp. 119-131.

Quinn, B. (2010) Arts festivals, urban tourism and cultural policy. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 2, 3, pp.264-279.

Quinn, B. and Stacey, J. (2010) The benefits of holidaying for children experiencing social exclusion: Recent Irish evidence. Leisure Studies, 29, 1, pp. 29-52.

Quinn, B. (2010) Care-givers, leisure and meanings of home: a case study of low income women in Dublin. Gender, Place and Culture, 17, 6 pp. 759-774.

Quinn, B. (2009) The European Capital of Culture initiative and cultural legacy: an analysis of the cultural sector in the aftermath of Cork 2005. Event Management 13, 4 pp. 249 – 264.

Quinn, B. (2007) Performing tourism in Venice: local residents in focus. Annals of Tourism Research  34, 2 pp. 458-476.

Quinn, B. (2006) Arts festivals and sustainable development in Ireland, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14,3 pp. 288-306.

Mottiar, Z. and B. Quinn (2006) Celtic Tiger growth creates a new breed of holidaymaker, Administration, 4, 89-107.

Quinn, B. (2005) Arts Festivals and the City, Urban Studies Vol. 42, 5/6 pp. 1-17.

Quinn, B. (2005) Changing festival places: insights from Galway, Social and Cultural Geography Vol. 6, 2, pp. 237-252.

Quinn, B. (2003) Symbols, practices and myth-making: cultural perspectives on the Wexford Festival Opera, Tourism Geographies Vol 5, 3,  pp. 329-349.

Mottiar, Z. and Quinn, B. (2003) Shaping leisure/tourism places – the role of holiday home owners: a case study of Courtown, Co. Wexford, Ireland, Leisure Studies Vol  22, 2, pp. 109-129.

Mottiar, Z. and Quinn, B. (2001) Evaluating the economic and social effects of the Seaside Resort Area Scheme: a case study of Courtown, Co. Wexford. Administration Vol. 49 no. 3 pp.68-86.

Quinn, B. (1996) Re-thinking Arts Festival Policy in Ireland, European Journal of CulturalPolicy, Vol. 3, 3, pp. 91 – 107.

Quinn, B. (1995) The economy of the arts - managing the growth of cultural industries, European Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 1 (2).

Chapters in Edited Books

Quinn, B. with Craggs, R,. Gorman, C. Griffin, K. Mottiar, Z. & Ryan, T. (2015 Forthcoming) ‘Students in Action’, a destination-based learning approach to student engagement in Benckendorff, P. & Zehrer, A. (Eds.) International Handbook of Teaching & Learning in Tourism, Edward Elgar

Quinn, B.(2013)Arts Festivals, Urban Tourism and Cultural Policy, in, Stevenson, D. and Matthews, A. (Eds) (2013) Culture and the City: Creativity, Tourism, Leisure, pp. 69-84. Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.

Quinn, B. & Wilks, L. (2013) Festival connections: people, place and social capital, in, Richards, G.; de Brito, M. P. & Wilks, L. (Eds) Exploring the Social Impacts of Events, pp. 15 – 30. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (ISBN: 9780415 539616)

Quinn, B. (2013) Lone parents, leisure mobilities and the everyday, in, Linehan, D. and Crowley, C. (Eds), Spacing Ireland:  Space, Culture & Society in a Post-Boom Era. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 89-101. (ISBN: 978 07190 86733)

Quinn, B. (with Minnaert, L, Stacey, J. & Griffin, K.) (2010) Social tourism for low income groups: benefits in a UK and Irish context, in, Morgan, N. and Cole, S. (Eds) Tourism and Inequality: Problems and Prospects. Oxon: CABI (ISBN 978 1845936907)

Quinn, B (2009) Festivals, events and tourism, in Jamal, T. and Robinson, M. (Eds) The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies. London: Sage.

Quinn, B. (2004) Dwelling through multiple places: a case study of second home ownership in Ireland. pp. 45-59, in, Hall, C. M. and Muller, D. K., Tourism Mobility and Second Homes. Between Elite Landscapes and Common Ground, Channel View Publications, Clevedon, UK.

Quinn, B. (2003) Shaping tourism places: agency and interconnections in festival settings, pp. 61-82 in, Irish Tourism: Image, Culture and Identity, (eds) O’Connor, B. and Cronin, M. UK: Channel View Publications.

Quinn, B. (1994) Images of Ireland in Europe: a tourism perspective, in Culture, Tourism and Development: the Case of Ireland, U. Kockel (ed.), pp. 61 - 76, Liverpool University Press.

Industry Reports (not refereed)

Mottiar, Z., Quinn, B. & Ryan, T. (2014) The Gathering Ireland 2013: Measuring the Social and Community Impact. Dublin: Fáilte Ireland.

Mottiar, Z., Quinn, B. Ryan, T. & Stacey, J. (2013) Building Collaboration Between the Arts & Culture and Tourism Sectors in the West of Ireland.  Dublin: Fáilte Ireland.

Quinn, B.; Griffin, K. and Stacey, J. (2008) Poverty, Social Exclusion and Holidaying: Toward Developing Policy in Ireland. Combat Poverty Agency Working Paper 08/01.

Quinn, B. and Kenneally, K. (2008) Building Best Practice Through Partnership: Developing Arts Tourism in Ireland. Tourism Department, DIT.

Conference Papers

Quinn, B. & Ryan, T. (2015) Mindful or mindless? Tourists at heritage sites. Paper presented at the Critical Tourism Studies conference, 26 – 29 June, Opatija, Croatia.

Quinn, B. & Wilks, L. (2015) A social whirlwind of a week: disruptions of place and people at two festivals. Paper presented at Creating Leisure: the annual conference of the Leisure Studies Association, 7 – 9 July, Bournemouth University, UK

Quinn, B. & Wilks, L. (2015) Disruptions of place and people at two festivals. Paper presented at the 12th European Sociological Association conference, 25 – 28 August, Prague. 

PhD Projects Supervised to Completion

2014 - Sean T Ruane Real Ireland: An investigation into US tourists’ holiday photographs

2009 - Theresa Ryan A comparative case study of the factors underpinning tourism development in Killarney and Clifden in Ireland


PhD Project Supervisions Ongoing

2015 – Li Zhi – The social impacts of international sports events in Hainan, China

2008 – Aoife Cowman -  Literary Tourism in Dublin


External Examining

2014 – 2017: School of Arts, De Montford University, Leicester, UK.

2011 – 2015: Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management Department, University Wales institute Cardiff, UK.

2008 – 2012: School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.

2004 – 2007: Tourism Faculty, Athlone Institute of Technology


PhD External Examining

2015 – University of Queensland, Australia

2012 – Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

2009 – Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

2007 – Kings College London, UK

2006 - Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


Editorial Board Membership

Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events

Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy