Chris Stone

Dr. Chris Stone is an experienced academic and qualified university educator in the tourism and hospitality management subject field, with 25+ years’ experience of teaching, research & publication, consultancy, and providing quality assurance in higher education.  Presently holding the position of Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, he has a career record as External Examiner in the tourism and hospitality management subject field (2006-present; seven HE institutions in UK, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean; at under- and postgraduate levels), and has conceived, validated, managed, and reviewed several degree programmes.  Chris formerly held the position of Managing Consultant with a UK-based company providing tourism consultancy services to a range of public, private and not-for-profit clients, has led tourism planning projects, and worked at the sharp end of the industry in the past!  With a PhD in tourism development and a background in environmental planning, Chris specialises in ‘sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ tourism and hospitality development philosophies, approaches, and management, and he researches and publishes in the field, chairs PhD examinations and supervises and examines postgraduate research students (PhD/MPhil, UK and overseas).  He is invited to speak at international conferences and on trade missions, and regularly reviews manuscripts for major academic journals (including Tourism Management – gained ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ 2015).  In 2017 he was appointed to judge the Sustainable Tourism Awards conferred annually by Skål International, the global tourism industry’s professional membership organization (serving 2017 and 2018).  Professional memberships and accreditations include Fellow, The Tourism Society; Chartered Scientist; Chartered Environmentalist; Fellow, the Institute of Place Management; Fellow, The Higher Education Academy; Member, the Institution of Environmental Sciences.  Country experience includes 35+ nations.  

Post Graduate
First name:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Post:
Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management
Highest Qualification:
PhD (Sheffield Hallam University)
Subject Specialism
Hospitality and tourism – international hospitality and tourism management; sustainable development and sustainability; ethical consumerism; sustainable and responsible hospitality; 'ecotourism'/nature tourism; hospitality and climate change. Tourism development approaches; community engagement with destination planning & management; tourism and hospitality policies, plans, programmes, management & performance. Tourism and hospitality marketing; destination image, branding, marketing, management, and performance. Rural tourism and hospitality. Tourism and hospitality education (HE).

Current Examiner Responsibilities

1. Name of Institution:
Bangor University
1. Name of programme:
BSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management; BSc Applied Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management
1. Examining Period (from/until)

Postgraduate External Examiner Experience

1. Name of Institution:
Leeds Beckett University
1. Name of programme:
MSc Responsible Tourism Management
1. Examining Period (from/until)

Previous External Examining Experience

1. Name of Institution:
University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad
1. Name of programme:
MSc Tourism Development and Management
1. Examining Period (from/until)
2. Name of Institution:
University of Bedfordshire
2. Name of programme:
MSc Tourism and Environmental Management; MSc International Tourism Management; MSc International Tourism & Hospitality Management
2. Examining Period (from/until)
3. Name of Institution:
Kenya Utalii College, Nairobi, Kenya
3. Name of programme:
Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management; Diploma in Hospitality Management
3. Examining Period (from/until)
4. Name of Institution:
Bournemouth University
4. Name of programme:
BA Tourism Management; BA International Tourism Management; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management
4. Examining Period (from/until)
5. Name of Institution:
Liverpool Hope University
5. Name of programme:
Liverpool Hope University
5. Examining Period (from/until)
PhD examiner experience
Examined two PhDs (and a third upcoming Sept 2017)