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Dr. Tony Johnston

Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Studies

Tony is the Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure. Prior to joining AIT, Tony was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Tourism (University of Derby), a Lecturer in Development Geography (King’s College, London) and a Lecturer in Adventure Tourism Management (University of the Highlands and Islands).

Tony completed a B.A. (Hons.) in Business with Entrepreneurship in the University of Ulster (2003), an M.Litt. in Geography in the National University of Ireland, Galway (2005) and a Ph.D. in Geography in the National University of Ireland, Galway (2011).

Tony has strong interests in academic research and have published widely and presented my research at conferences and other fora for over a decade. His current research is examining the impact of Brexit on the tourism and hospitality industry.

Books

Journal Articles

Book chapters

  • Johnston, T., Tigre-Moura, F., & Mandelartz, P. (2015) Welcome to the Home of Auschwitz tours’: The Online Marketing of Genocide Tourism, in Johnston, T. & Mandelartz, P. (eds.) (2015) Thanatourism: Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side, London: Goodfellow.
  • Johnston, T. (2015) Blogging the Dark Side of Travel: Consuming the Siege of Sarajevo: The Online Marketing of Genocide Tourism, in Johnston, T. & Mandelartz, P. (eds.) (2015) Thanatourism: Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side, London: Goodfellow.
  • Johnston, T. (2015) ‘Sustainable Tourism Development: Bridging the Academy-Practitioner Gap’, in M. Redclift & D. Springett (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development, London: Routledge.
  • Johnston, T. (2010) ‘Thanatourism and the Commodification of Space in Post-War Croatia and Bosnia’, in R. Sharpley & P.R. Stone (Eds.), The Tourist Experience, Contemporary Perspectives, London: Routledge.

Book reviews

  • Johnston, T. (2012) A review of Skinner, J. (Ed.) (2012) Writing the Dark Side of Travel, Berghahn Books, Tourist Studies, 12(3), 325-326.
  • Johnston, T. (2013) A review of Laviolette, P. (2011), Extreme Landscapes of Leisure: Not a hap-hazardous Sport, Surrey: Ashgate, Tourism Geographies, 15(2), 364-366.
  • Johnston, T. (2010) A review of Clancy, M. (2009), Brand New Ireland, Tourism, Development and National Identity in the Irish Republic, Surrey: Ashgate, Irish Geography, Volume 43, Issue 3, Pp287.

Conference Presentations

Recent locations I have presented work at include:

  • Royal Antropology Institute at the British Museum, London, May 2017
  • The Geography Society, UCD, Spring 2017
  • The Wellcome Collection, London, 2014
  • The Prince’s Teaching Institute, 2013 - 2017
  • Johnston, T. (2013) From a Topography of Trauma to a Landscape of Peace: Erasing Decision in the Built Environment, Peace Conference, University of Wageningen (Netherlands)
  • Johnston, T. (2013) Thanatourism Perspectives Tour, at the Special Exhibition on Death, The Wellcome Collection, London
  • Johnston, T. (2012-2014) Dissonant Heritage, speaker at Conflicts, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, London and throughout the UK
  • Johnston, T. (2012) Thanagazing: deconstructing the tourist gaze on death, keynote speaker at The Institute of Dark Tourism Research, The University of Central Lancashire
  • Johnston, T. (2012) Methodologies in thanatourism research, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, New York
  • Johnston, T, (2011) Mobility and the tourist gaze at sites of incarceration, Advancing the Social Science of Tourism, The University of Surrey

I have previously lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including

  • Environment and development geography modules;
  • Business & management modules;
  • Research modules;
  • Tourism and hospitality modules, including management, adventure, ecotourism and heritage;
  • Professional development modules.

I have supervised research at undergraduate, MA and PhD level. My recent Ph.D. student Kaihan Yang (University of Derby), completed by a thesis on urban tourism development in Kunming, China.

  • ​Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Article reviewer for academic tourism, hospitality, culture and geography journals
  • Biography

    Tony is the Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure. Prior to joining AIT, Tony was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Tourism (University of Derby), a Lecturer in Development Geography (King’s College, London) and a Lecturer in Adventure Tourism Management (University of the Highlands and Islands).

    Tony completed a B.A. (Hons.) in Business with Entrepreneurship in the University of Ulster (2003), an M.Litt. in Geography in the National University of Ireland, Galway (2005) and a Ph.D. in Geography in the National University of Ireland, Galway (2011).

  • Research & Consultancy

    Tony has strong interests in academic research and have published widely and presented my research at conferences and other fora for over a decade. His current research is examining the impact of Brexit on the tourism and hospitality industry.

    Books

    Journal Articles

    Book chapters

    • Johnston, T., Tigre-Moura, F., & Mandelartz, P. (2015) Welcome to the Home of Auschwitz tours’: The Online Marketing of Genocide Tourism, in Johnston, T. & Mandelartz, P. (eds.) (2015) Thanatourism: Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side, London: Goodfellow.
    • Johnston, T. (2015) Blogging the Dark Side of Travel: Consuming the Siege of Sarajevo: The Online Marketing of Genocide Tourism, in Johnston, T. & Mandelartz, P. (eds.) (2015) Thanatourism: Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side, London: Goodfellow.
    • Johnston, T. (2015) ‘Sustainable Tourism Development: Bridging the Academy-Practitioner Gap’, in M. Redclift & D. Springett (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development, London: Routledge.
    • Johnston, T. (2010) ‘Thanatourism and the Commodification of Space in Post-War Croatia and Bosnia’, in R. Sharpley & P.R. Stone (Eds.), The Tourist Experience, Contemporary Perspectives, London: Routledge.

    Book reviews

    • Johnston, T. (2012) A review of Skinner, J. (Ed.) (2012) Writing the Dark Side of Travel, Berghahn Books, Tourist Studies, 12(3), 325-326.
    • Johnston, T. (2013) A review of Laviolette, P. (2011), Extreme Landscapes of Leisure: Not a hap-hazardous Sport, Surrey: Ashgate, Tourism Geographies, 15(2), 364-366.
    • Johnston, T. (2010) A review of Clancy, M. (2009), Brand New Ireland, Tourism, Development and National Identity in the Irish Republic, Surrey: Ashgate, Irish Geography, Volume 43, Issue 3, Pp287.

    Conference Presentations

    Recent locations I have presented work at include:

    • Royal Antropology Institute at the British Museum, London, May 2017
    • The Geography Society, UCD, Spring 2017
    • The Wellcome Collection, London, 2014
    • The Prince’s Teaching Institute, 2013 - 2017
    • Johnston, T. (2013) From a Topography of Trauma to a Landscape of Peace: Erasing Decision in the Built Environment, Peace Conference, University of Wageningen (Netherlands)
    • Johnston, T. (2013) Thanatourism Perspectives Tour, at the Special Exhibition on Death, The Wellcome Collection, London
    • Johnston, T. (2012-2014) Dissonant Heritage, speaker at Conflicts, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, London and throughout the UK
    • Johnston, T. (2012) Thanagazing: deconstructing the tourist gaze on death, keynote speaker at The Institute of Dark Tourism Research, The University of Central Lancashire
    • Johnston, T. (2012) Methodologies in thanatourism research, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, New York
    • Johnston, T, (2011) Mobility and the tourist gaze at sites of incarceration, Advancing the Social Science of Tourism, The University of Surrey

  • Teaching Experience

    I have previously lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including

    • Environment and development geography modules;
    • Business & management modules;
    • Research modules;
    • Tourism and hospitality modules, including management, adventure, ecotourism and heritage;
    • Professional development modules.

    I have supervised research at undergraduate, MA and PhD level. My recent Ph.D. student Kaihan Yang (University of Derby), completed by a thesis on urban tourism development in Kunming, China.

  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies
    • ​Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
    • Article reviewer for academic tourism, hospitality, culture and geography journals