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About Dr Philip Stone

Dr Philip Stone is Executive Director of The Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR). The iDTR is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for dark tourism scholarship, and is based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, England.
As both a former Management Consultant and General Manager (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 is currently Director of Studies for nine PhD students within the subject fields of 'difficult and displaced' heritage and/or 'dark tourism'. Philip is also a PhD examiner, as well as an undergraduate External Examiner for several UK universities.
Philip has a Doctorate in Thanatology – society’s reactions to and perceptions of death and mortality. His PhD thesis appraised dark tourism – that is, travel to sites of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre – and its fundamental relationships 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 within service sector 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, History Television, The New York Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian, and a host of other local, national and international press and broadcast media from across Europe, North America and Australasia.
Philip has also presented at numerous international conferences, including delivering keynote addresses or invited papers in the UK, USA, Taiwan, Estonia, 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, and with Professor Richard Sharpley, he is co-author/editor of 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).
Philip is currently Editor-in-Chief for a major new reference volume (The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies) commissioned by Palgrave MacMillian, which is due to be published in 2016.
Philip continues to help provide global 'thought-leadership' within the complex, emotive and provocative field of dark tourism/heritage. His current research projects examine the heritage of war and the visitor experience, as well as research projects that explore fundamental interrelationships of the psychogeography and sociology of dark tourism production and consumption.


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 (4)

Authored & Edited Books

Book Chapters (13)

Authored & Co-authored book chapters

Journal Articles (10)

Peer Reviewed Articles