Dr Mark Hampton

Reader in Tourism Management
Dr Mark Hampton


Dr Mark Hampton joined Kent Business School in 2005. Before that, he had lecturing posts at the universities of Surrey and Portsmouth. Dr Hampton has a PhD from the University of East Anglia. In 2005 he founded CENTICA (Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas).
Dr Hampton has extensive field experience in South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and South Atlantic and his 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. 

Research interests

Tourism in developing countries, especially concerning its socio-economic impacts in islands and coastal areas.
He has worked on backpackers and small-scale tourism; scuba dive tourism, island tourism, cross-border tourism, and urban enclaves. Dr Hampton has written two books (solo-authored research monographs) and co-edited another. He has written more than 40 journal papers and book chapters with publications in leading journals (including Annals of Tourism Research; World Development; Environment and Planning A; Third World Quarterly; Human Relations; The Round Table) and has given more than 90 conference papers. 


Dr Hampton’s teaching interests broadly cover the areas of tourism planning/development and tourism management.
Specific tourism modules he has convened include CB550 Tourism Planning and Development; CB557 Tourism in Developing Countries; CB558 Contemporary Issues in Tourism; CB994 Managing Island and Coastal Tourism; CB995 Tourism Development in Asia Pacific. 


Past Supervisees

  • Juliane Thieme: The Political Economy of Backpacker Tourism Consumption and Production in Colombia
  • Wei Lei (Shirley) Chin: An Analysis of the Tourism Cluster Development Model and the Links Between Destination Competitiveness and Socio-Economic Prosperity. The Cases of Two Small Developing Economies: Bali and Brunei
  • Joern Fricke: The Evolution of Networks in Backpacker Destinations - Case Studies from Mexico and Malaysia
  • Caroline Walsh: Volunteer Tourism and the Marine Conservation Sector in the UK
  • Bilge Daldeniz: Sustainable Tourism Development and Climate Change in Coastal Communities in Less Developed Countries: An Analysis of Small-scale Tourism in Nicaragua 


  • In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • Visiting Professor of Tourism at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg
  • Founding Member of ISISA (International Small Island Studies Association)
  • Former Treasurer and since 2010, a member of the Advisory Council. 

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