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Senior Lecturer, Tourism and Regeneration
Marketing, Events and Tourism
MA, PGDip HE
James Kennell is Senior Lecturer in tourism and regeneration in the Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism where he is the Programme Leader for the BA Hons Tourism Management programme. He is also takes the lead on the Business School’s Economic Development Resource Centre. James’s research is concentrated in the areas of economic development and regeneration, with a focus on seaside towns and, more generally, in the links between economic development, tourism and social change. Before joining the University of Greenwich, James worked in the cultural relations think tank of the British Council, researching inter-cultural communication, and in a variety of roles within the regeneration and community development sectors.
Invited speaker to a group of academics from Japan, organised by the University of Oxford, on the subject of the regeneration of seaside towns in the UK, 27 March 2010.
Invited keynote speaker ‘Why choose the arts to regenerate a community?’ at the Cultural Journey’s conference, University Centre Folkestone, 9 September 2010.
Kennell, J. (2011) Rediscovering cultural tourism in seaside towns: towards a more inclusive cultural regeneration. Journal of Town and City Management, 1(4).
Kennell, J., and Sitz, R. 2010. Greening Bonnaroo: exploring the rhetoric and reality of a sustainable festival through micro-ethnographic methods. In: The proceedings of the Global Events Congress IV, 14–16 July 2010, Leeds, UK.
Kennell, J. (2010) Symbolic cities: cultural regeneration, branding and representation in urban development, LAP.
Kennell, J. and Rykalski. 2010. Images of the liminal: understanding the seaside promenade through the lens of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. Paper given at the Liminal Landscapes conference, Liverpool John Moores University, July 2010.
Brady, N. and Kennell, J. 2010. Pedagogical responses to student instrumentalism in higher education: an experiment in assessment for learning in a new university business school. Paper given at the 3rd International Pedagogical Research in Higher Education Conference, Liverpool Hope University, 25 October 2010.
Kennell, J., Booth, E., and Bladen, C. 2009. People, place enterprise: Proceedings of the first annual conference on Olympic Legacy. Greenwich: GUP.
Kennell, J., and Macleod, N. (2009) A grey literature review of the Cultural Olympiad. Cultural Trends, 18(1), pp. 83–88.
Kennell, J. 2008. The rediscovery of seaside culture in Kent, UK. Paper given at the Regional Studies Association Developing Tourist Destinations seminar in Aalborg, Denmark, 26–28 November 2008.
Kennell, J., and MacLeod, N. 2008. A memetic framework for understanding and evaluating the Cultural Olympiad of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In: Wu, B., and Dang, N. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Tourism Studies Association Conference, Shanghai, 6–9 November 2008, ITSA: Beijing.
Kennell, J. 2008. Symbolic violence by the seaside. Paper given at the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education annual conference, 2–4 July 2008, Brighton, UK.
Kennell, J. (2008) Review of Ashbourne, D. (2007) Regulating the night. Journal of Cultural Geography, 25(1).
Kennell, J. (2007) Arts-led Regeneration and Community Cohesion: A Study of Folkestone, Kent. In: Holmes, K., Slater, A., and Robinson, M. (eds.) Sport, Leisure, Culture and Social Capital: Discourse and Practice. Eastbourne: LSA.
Kennell, J. (2005) Clive Barnett’s culture, media and democracy. Review in Political Geography, 24(6). August 2005, pp. 772–774.
Chapters on ‘Mega-events’, ‘Sustainability, Impacts and Legacy’ , ‘Public and Third Sector events’ and ‘Cultural Events’ in Bladen et al, Events Management, Routledge, anticipated publishing date 2011.
March 2010: Time for Kent to think big on tourism. Article on developing regional tourism in Kent for Kent Profile Magazine.
14 February 2010: Appearance on the BBC 1 TV Politics Show South East to discuss regeneration and the recession, focusing on Brighton and Hastings.
26 January 2010: Interviewed for BBC Newsroom South East about the regeneration of Margate, Kent and how the town will fare in the recession.
January 2010: Review of Poynter & MacRury’s book, Olympic cities: 2012 and the remaking of London, (Ashgate) for New Start Magazine, a publication for those working in the regeneration and community development sectors.
7 October 2009: Invited blog piece: Seaside art leaves locals beached for New Start Magazine’s website.
May 2009: Five pound pint: Can tourism be a new driver for regeneration. In: The Journal of the British Urban Regeneration Association.
22 March 2009: Interview on BBC 1 TV Politics Show South East about regional tourism and the recession.
February 2009: That’s entertainment! An article about seaside cultural regeneration in Kent Profile magazine.
23 November 2008: Interview on BBC 1 TV Politics Show South East about the regeneration of Margate, Kent.
He has also been interviewed by the Telegraph newspaper, Business Week and Associated French Press on subjects concerning culture and regeneration.