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Prof Andrew Jones
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Professor Andrew  Jones  joined the Institute in October 2012. He has professional experience in planning and management within business, tourism, leisure and hospitality at international, regional and local levels. As such he has been an active practitioner, researcher and lecturer in urban and regional planning, conservation, economic regeneration and tourism since 1981.
Over the years he has been involved in managing and teaching on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate management programmes with subject specialisms in; urban and regional development; economic and cultural regeneration; tourism development and environmental and sustainable development policy. He completed his PhD on research investigating the relationship and tensions between economic regeneration, the environment and the development of sustainable tourism markets.
His current research activities have consolidated this broad approach with a specific interest in two particular research areas. The first consolidates work over the last decade on urban and regional regeneration and coastal zone management, and the second, a more recent interest in the development of tourism micro markets (focusing on cultural and  community regeneration, particularly within rural environments).

These areas of research have enabled Professor Jones to participate in a broad range of research networks and to be actively involved in his specific research community. He has carried out numerous consultancy projects relating to tourism and economic development and has published a number of industry and academic articles, reports and conference papers and most recently a book titled ‘Disappearing Destinations’, which  focuses on the impact of climate change on global tourism markets and destinations.
Professor Jones has held academic  positions at Swansea Business School, Hämeenlinna  Polytechnic University and the University of Brunei -Darussalam. His most recent post has been with the University of Wales - Cardiff  developing the University’s  international collaborative provision in Europe and Asia. In this context Professor Jones continues to hold external examiner/academic moderator positions for the University and for the Universities of Plymouth and Southampton Solent where he provides academic moderation for business, tourism and hospitality programmes within the UK, Europe and Asia.

Speaking of his appointment with the University of Malta, Professor  Jones said:
“I am delighted with my new position at the University of Malta and the Institute of Tourism Travel and Culture.  I am looking forward to consolidating and broadening my, teaching, international development work and research interests within the Institute. In this respect, I hope to assist with developing and supporting the Institute’s programmes  and research  against   my own specialist subject areas and particularly in supporting the Institute’s work in Malta and overseas.”

Recent Activities/Presentations:
 ‘Tourism and Global Education: Cash Cow? Lame Duck? or Snake in the Grass?- some Contemporary Thoughts’ – conference paper : ATHE Conference - Re-invigorating the Tourism Curriculum  - Selwyn College - University of Cambridge UK 6-7 December 2012
‘Identifying the ‘emotional hot buttons’ : Tourism, Climate Change and Coastal Destinations: problems, challenges, resolutions’. – Conference paper: CAUTHE Conference – Tourism and Global Change, Lincoln University Christchurch New Zealand 11-16 February 2013.

External examiner roles:
TASMAC:  MBA (University of Wales) Portfolio - Pune Bangalore Kolkatta India
Central South University of Forestry and Technology: Business Tourism and Hospitality Diploma Portfolio -  Chang Sha China
Swiss Alpine College: (University of Wales) MA/ BA Business and Hospitality Portfolio – Athens Greece
University of Plymouth:  MA Tourism and Hospitality Portfolio Plymouth UK
Southampton Solent University : BA Tourism and Hospitality Portfolio Southampton UK

Pending research:
Climate change impacts on Maltese tourism and Hospitality Industry: reflections, responses and repercussions.


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