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.
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.