Dr.Kevin Griffin Bed, MA, PhD. Having studied teaching then tourism organisation and historic settlement I worked in a number of Geography Departments in the Dublin / Kildare area. Since 2001 I have worked at the DIT where I am actively involved in teaching and researching a broad range of tourism topics with particular specialism in both heritage and sustainable tourism. Research Interests My main areas of academic interest include:
* Tourism and Sustainability / Environmental Issues
* Heritage Tourism
* Religious Tourism / Pilgrimage
* Social Tourism
* Teaching Methodologies and Tourism
* Local History / Heritage
Current Research Projects
* Co-ordinating 2 year EPA funded project on Sustainable Tourism Indicators
* Supervising a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School
* Currently developing Urban Tourism research project(s) – competitive / sustainable cities
(2009 - Forthcoming) ‘The DIT-ACHIEV Model – a tool for sustainable event management’ in Razaq Raj & Morpeth, N. (Eds.) Sustainable Events, CABI, Oxfordshire.
(2008 in print) ‘Learning about Sustainability’ for Hospitality : The Magazine for Hospitality Management Professionals, Institute of Hospitality, UK.
(2008) with Gorman, C. Can Technology Help Ecclesiastical Sites Balance their Tourism/Heritage and Religious Functions, at ATLAS Annual conference, Brighton UK, 2-4 July 2008.
(2008) with Flanagan, S. & Stacey, J. Weaving Sustainability Issues into Tourism Education and Training: Recent Research from Ireland, invited paper at the Annual Tourism Educators Conference, Whistler Canada, 8 - 10 May.
(2008) with Flanagan, S. & Stacey, J. Sustainability in Tourism Education and Training in Ireland: Principles and Guidelines, at the 4th Annual Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland, 10-11 June, Tralee, Ireland.
(2008) with Flanagan, S. & Stacey, J. Ensuring the place of Sustainability in Tourism Education and Training in Ireland: Current Reality and Future Actions, at Annual BEST Education Network Think Tank VIII, Izmir Turkey, 23-28 June.
(2008) with Boyle, K. and Dargan, P. Ferndale Historic Landscape Character Assessment. Series of Integrated Landscape Assessment research projects undertaken on behalf of the Heritage Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with support from The Heritage Council. (6th in a series of similar Reports).
(2007) with Tourism Research Centre, DIT Review of Sustainable Tourism Content in Irish Tourism and Hospitality Training Courses .
(2007) with Tourism Research Centre, DIT Monastic Trails. Product Development proposal funded by Fáilte Ireland .
(2007) with Stacey, J. & Gorman, C. Monastic Trails – How to make them sustainable?, at ATLAS Annual conference, Viana de Castelo, Portugal.
(2007) with Quinn, B.; & Stacey, J. (2007) Tourism immobility: A case of women experiencing poverty, Paper at the 2nd Annual Critical Tourism Studies conference, Split, Croatia, June 20-24th 2007.
(2007) with Quinn, B. & Stacey, J. (2007) An Analysis of Social Tourism Practice in the Voluntary Sector in Ireland, Combat Poverty Research Seminar.
(2007) with Quinn, B & Stacey J. The value of tourism as a tool for social inclusion, at RGS/IBG Annual International Conference, RGS/IBG, London.
(2007) with Minnaert, L., Stacey J, Quinn, B & Maitland, R. Social Tourism for Low Income Groups: a potential measure against social exclusion, 3rd Annual Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland, 12-13 June 2007, Dundalk.
(2007) with Griffin K.M. & Conroy P. 50 Years a Fishin’, Ballina Killaloe Print, Killaloe, commemoration book for 50th anniversary of Ballina, Killaloe Anglers.
(2007) Sustainable Tourism Indicators: Issues and Challenges in the development of a Sustainable Tourism Management Model, 3rd