Dr Mark Hampton joined the University of Kent in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Kent Business School (KBS). In 2014, he was promoted to Reader. In January 2017, Dr Hampton joined the School of Anthropology and Conservation as a joint appointment with KBS. Before the University of Kent, Mark held lecturing posts at the Universities of Surrey and Portsmouth.
Dr Hampton has a long-term research interest in the geographies of tourism and development, specifically the socio-economic impacts of tourism in developing countries and especially in South-East Asia. Mark's PhD was awarded by the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, where he also studied for his first degree.
Dr Hampton's research is based on fieldwork and he has extensive field experience in South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and South Atlantic, and Mark's research has been funded by: the World Bank; Commonwealth Secretariat; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; DFID; SECO (Swiss overseas aid); Ministry of Tourism Malaysia; British Academy; and the British Council.
In 2006, Dr Hampton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He is currently Visiting Professor of Tourism at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Dr Mark Hampton is a member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.
Dr Hampton's research focuses on the geographies of tourism in developing countries, especially concerning its socio-economic impacts in islands and coastal areas. Mark is particularly interested in how tourism can lift communities out of poverty whilst minimising its negative effects on the local environment. He has worked on backpackers and small-scale tourism, scuba-dive tourism, island tourism, cross-border tourism, spatial changes in coastal destinations and urban tourism enclaves.
Dr Hampton has written/edited four books, the most recent being Backpacker Tourism and Economic Development (Routledge, 2013) and Tourism and Inclusive Growth in Small Island Developing States with Julia Jeyacheya (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013).
Mark has written more than 50 journal papers and book chapters with publications in leading journals (including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Environment and Planning A, Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, Review of International Political Economy, Third World Quarterly and Geographische Zeitschrift) and has given over 120 conference papers, often as Keynote or Invited Speaker.
Previous research students
Dr Hampton is available to give comment on the impacts of tourism in developing countries but especially in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).