I am currently employed as an associate Professor at the Institute for Tourism Travel and Culture at the University of Malta. In this role I have the prime responsibility to coordinate the academic work of the Institute including the administration and coordination of the Instituteâ€™s portfolio of UG/PG programmes. I also have a remit to coordinate the Instituteâ€™s research activities including funded European research projects which currently number five in total. I have also had a remit to internationalise activities of the Institute and I am currently developing transnational collaborative partnerships which presently include collaboration on a number of joint research and programme initiatives including joint programme provision ( PhD MA /MSc) with partners in USA, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, Portugal and the UK. My current post as Associate Professor and former Director of ITTC at University of Malta and previous experiences as Associate Dean (University of Wales - Cardiff) and Senior Lecturer Swansea Business School - University of Wales Swansea has enabled me to lead and direct on a range of strategic academic developments which have particularly focussed on research, academic programme development and the development of trans national education collaborative partnerships (TNE) which include, joint European masters programmes and EU research project management. I have managed a range of international undergraduate and post graduate University business, tourism and management programmes (MBA , DBA, MSc BA) locally and internationally. In this context I have had the opportunity to develop a number of undergraduate and post graduate programmes and acted as an â€˜international moderatorâ€™ (external examiner) for a range of courses including MBA/DBA and other PG/UG programmes delivered in the UK and overseas in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Germany and Greece. I have worked with a wide range of both public and private HE institutions internationally and havetravelled overseas extensively. In this context I have a good understanding and have a pragmatic and flexible approach to the demands that international education requires today. I have and presented papers and published on a number of tourism related research topics locally and internationally.
Research associated with my academic experience over the last thirty years and the consequent research out puts have allowed me to develop a research profile based upon strategic/environmental planning, resource planning, regeneration, economic and regional development, sustainable planning policy and the relationship between these dynamic processes and tourism /business development. This, in turn, has included the development of sustainable/cultural niche markets. My current research activities have consolidated this broad approach with a specific interest in two particular areas. The first consolidates work over the last two decades on tourism/business sustainability particularly issues associated with tourism and sustainable development and climate change. The second area of interest relates to the development of tourism/business micro markets (focusing on sustainable tourism, culture and environment) with a specific interest in micro markets and the issues and challenges that confront the development of niche markets and their contribution to community regeneration, regional and economic development.