Dr Nigel D Morpeth is an academic and artist based in the Carnegie Faculty, School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, at Leeds Beckett University. He has previously worked for three UK local authorities, in community based leisure and festival and events organisation and has worked in the field of Tourism Education for the last 25 years.
His teaching and research is focussed on diverse inter-disciplinary academic groups in Tourism, Cultural Studies, the Creative Industries and Sport and Leisure and in a recent book publication; Planning for Tourism: Towards a Sustainable Future he has written about the linkages between community initiatives and economic sustainability.
He has delivered over 25 international conference papers and most recently he was invited to Ostfalia University, in Germany, to deliver a keynote address on Tourism and the Arts and he was also invited to the Courtauld Institute, at Somerset House, London, to deliver a presentation on different aspects of Public Art. He also had the role of facilitating a number of conference sessions with a diverse group of delegates in international conferences.
He is part of a network of artists, based in Barton-upon-Humber, in Lincolnshire, who are part of an annual community based Arts Festival and open studios event, which provides a major economic benefit to the town and North Lincolnshire region. As part of a range of exhibitions in a range of cultural settings, he has also delivered presentations on his artwork
In his most recent academic work, he has provided a chapter contribution to an international publication on: ‘Managing and Developing Community Festivals’. The next stage of his research will focus on community responses to the staging of the UK City of Culture, in Hull in East Yorkshire, in 2017.