The Visitor Economy Research Group (VERG) was launched in March 2015. It aims to harness the research energies of a number of colleagues, both early career and well established, who are working in the areas of tourism, events, and leisure.
Large-scale projects associated with the group include: research for the Lincoln City Council on visitor satisfaction at, and the economic impact of, the Lincoln Christmas Market, and participation in the preparations to launch the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. Our aim is to foster an ethos of research activity by:
Farhan Ahmed, Senior Lecturer
Ilenia Bregoli, Senior Lecturer
Georgiana Els, Lecturer
Martin Elliott-White, Director of Academic Development
Prof Heather Hughes, Professor of Southern African Studies
Martin Knight, Senior Lecturer
Hanya Pielichaty, Senior Lecturer
Agnieszka Rydzik, Lecturer
Marie Lawson, Senior Lecturer
Andrew Suddaby, Senior Lecturer
Anna Catalani, Reader in Architecture
Helen Durham, County Cultural Services
Ian Reed, Lincolnshire Safety Advisory Group
Vanessa Mawer, VIC (Events) Consulting
John Latham, Lincoln City Council
The group researches community organisation, self-organisation and development within Third Sector organisations, multi-agency networks and community groups, focusing on community-based research in Active Citizenship, Wellbeing and Community Development.
The group brings together academics, graduate students, and a diverse network of collaborators, with the aim to facilitate the creation and diffusion of rigorous and policy-relevant research, within the University, the local community, and the society at large.
The group has a growing track record of social and economic development research, including locally, nationally, and internationally funded projects aimed at investigating the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the developments of regions.