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About Dr Philip Stone

Dr Philip Stone is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR). The iDTR, established in 2012, is now an internationally recognised centre of excellence for dark tourism scholarship based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK. The iDTR helps provide global 'thought-leadership' on the emotive, complex and multidisciplinary subject of dark tourism and difficult heritage.

As a former Management Consultant and General Manager within the visitor economy (as well as a qualified chef), Philip has extensive commercial experience within the UK private sector, which he now combines with social science perspectives to help deliver higher education at UCLan.

Philip has a PhD in Thanatology. His PhD thesis appraised dark tourism and its fundamental interrelationships with the cultural condition of contemporary society. His Masters thesis critically examined rural landscape ideology within the context of visitor economy management and sustainable development. Philip's Bachelor dissertation evaluated the validity of psychometric testing in human resource management.

Philip, a former tutor at the University of Cambridge, UK, is also a Media Consultant on dark tourism. Clients include BBC TV and radio, CNN, History Television, Der Spiegel, New York Times, Huffington Post, The New Scientist, The Guardian, and a host of other local, national and international press and broadcast media.

Philip has also presented at numerous international conferences, including delivering keynote addresses in the UK, USA, Taiwan, Estonia, Poland, Holland, and Germany. Philip has also convened and hosted a number of national and international academic conferences at the University of Central Lancashire, including in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014.

Philip has published extensively in the area of dark tourism with over 80 research outputs, including books, peer-review journal articles, conference papers, book reviews, and trade and press articles. His books include: The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism (Channel View Publications, 2009), Tourist Experience: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2011), and The Contemporary Tourist Experience: Concepts & Consequences (Routledge, 2012). His most recent book is The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies (Palgrave Macmillian, 2018).

Philip is also Editor of the journal 'Current Issues in Dark Tourism Research (


Present Executive Director: Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR), University of Central Lancashire

Research Interests

Thanatology, Dark Tourism / Thanatourism, Tourism Management, Marketing Management, Sociology, and Heritage Management

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Honors and Awards



  • PhD Thanatology / Heritage Studies / Tourism Management
  • Master Degrees - Tourism / Hospitality / Event Management
  • Undergraduate Degrees - Tourism / Hospitality / Event Management

Contact Information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan),
College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies,
Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR),
Greenbank Building (Room 130),


Books (5)

Monographs & Edited Collections

Chapters (25)

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