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Dr Alan Marvell

Senior Lecturer in Events Management

As a Senior Lecturer with experience in events and tourism I enjoy researching and teaching about an industry that is constantly evolving, providing new challenges and opportunities.


Alan is Academic Course Leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) teaching research methods and supervising postgraduate candidates.

At undergraduate level he teaches Events Management and International Hospitality and Tourism Management with a focus on contemporary issues. He has a passion for teaching, research and inclusive pedagogies.

Having an interest in international education, Alan is Academic Course Leader for Logistics Management at Peninsula College, Malaysia. He is a Chartered Geographer and focuses on how places are constructed through marketing and events. Alan also works with local business groups to actively promote Gloucestershire as a visitor destination.


  • BA (Hons): Geography and History, College of St Paul and St Mary, 1990
  • PGCE: Geography, University of Southampton, 1991
  • MA: Landscape and Society, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, 1999
  • PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Gloucestershire, 2016


  • National Teaching Fellow (NTF), 2021
  • Geographical Association Distinguished Service Award, 2020
  • University of Gloucestershire Teaching Fellow, 2017
  • University of Gloucestershire Learning for Sustainable Futures Award: Responsible Events, 2015.


Chartered Geographer (CGeog) Royal Geographical Society

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS)

Geographical Association

Association for Events Management Education

International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF)

Teaching & Research


  • Contemporary issues in events, international hospitality and tourism management
  • Dissertation and investigative study
  • Destination marketing
  • Industrial placement
  • International tourism
  • Research methods
  • Risk management
  • Special interest tourism.


  • Pedagogy, student-led learning, experiential learning and emotional geographies
  • Place promotion, branding and identity through (sub)urban development
  • Place promotion through events and tourism
  • Retail experiences and virtual environments.


More publications from Dr Alan Marvell can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

  • Deputy Chair of the Geography and Education Research Group, Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Visit Gloucestershire
  • Member of the Visitor Economy and Tourism Business Group, GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and the multi-disciplinary journal Geographies, Planning and Tourism Studios.

External examining

Alan is an experienced external examiner and currently holds an external examining position for International Event Management at the University of Brighton.