Dallen J. Timothy, PhD

Professor  School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University, Global Institute of Sustainability

Visiting Professor, Beijing Union University, China

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, Indiana University

Email Contact: dtimothy@asu.edu

Professor Timothy is editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism

Professor Timothy is co-editor of the Aspects of Tourism book Series

Professor Timothy is commissioning editor of the Routledge Cultural Heritage and Tourism Series


Dr Timothy's Research Interests

* International borders, tourism and socio-economic development
* Religious tourism and pilgrimage
* Tourism and sustainable development
* Environmental and social impacts of tourism
* Heritage and cultural conservation
* Globalization processes
* Tourism, biodiversity and climate change
* Global tourism, peace and international security

Dr Timothy's Current Research Projects

* Political boundaries as heritage resources in the cultural landscape (data collection in Europe, North America, South America, Africa)
* International borders in popular media and place promotion (data collection in Canada, USA, and Mexico)
* Religious tourism and community development (data collection in Nepal and India)
* International borders, microstates and exclaves (data collection in Western Europe)
* Souvenirs, place and destination identity (data collection in Jerusalem (Israel/Palestine))
* Economic development and cross-border cooperation in divided cities (data collection in Western Europe, North America, South America)

Most recent books

Cultural Heritage and Tourism: An Introduction--One of the most salient forms of modern-day tourism is based on the heritage of humankind. The majority of all global travel entails some element of the cultural past, as hundreds of millions of people visit cultural attractions, heritage festivals, and historic places each year. The book provides a comprehensive examination of the issues, current debates, concepts and practices and managerial concerns associated with cultural heritage-based tourism. In order to help students relate concepts to real-world situations it combines theory and practice, is student learning oriented, is written accessibly for all readers and is empirically rich.

It provides the most comprehensive overview of cultural heritage and tourism heretofore published and is a state of the art assessment of the field. It focuses on the social science aspects of heritage tourism but also delves into many of the management issues and how these can be dealt with to make heritage places more sustainable and the tourism that revolves around them more destination-friendly. Also unique is the book’s second half, which examines various subtypes of cultural/heritage tourism in greater detail and relates each one’s characteristics and concerns back to the important concepts of sustainability, authenticity, identity, dissonance, interpretation, conflict, and the like.

 Tourism in the USA explains the evolution of tourism paying attention to the forces that shaped the product that exists today. The focus of the book includes the manner in which tourism has played out in various contexts; the role of federal, state, and local policy is also examined in terms of the effects it has had on the US travel industry and on destinations. The various elements of tourism demand and supply are discussed and the influence that transportation (especially Americans’ high personal mobility rates and love affair with the auto) has had on the sector highlighted. The economics of tourism are fleshed out before focusing more narrowly on both the urban and rural settings where tourism occurs. A look into the manner in which the spatial structure of cities is transformed through tourism is also offered. Additionally, a brief examination of future issues in American tourism is presented along with explanations concerning the ascendancy of tourism as an economic development tool in various areas. 

Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the Developing World is the first book of its kind to synthesize global and regional issues, challenges, and practices related to cultural heritage and tourism, specifically in less-developed nations. The importance of preservation and management of cultural heritage has been realized as an increasing number of tourists are visiting heritage attractions. Although many of the issues and challenges developing countries face in terms of heritage management are quite different from those in the developed world, there is a lack of consolidated research on this important subject. This seminal book tackles the issues through theoretical discourse, ideas and problems that underlay heritage tourism in terms of conservation, management, economics and underdevelopment, politics and power, resource utilization, colonialism, and various other antecedent notions that have shaped the development of heritage tourism in the less-developed regions of the world.
Tourism and the Lodging Sector is a pioneering book, the first text of its kind to examine the lodging sector from a tourism perspective. The book highlights the importance of the lodging sector in tourism as a major income generator and essential part of the travel experience. The book critically examines a wide range of lodging establishments from an industry and social science perspective, drawing parallels and distinctions between the various types of accommodation, from campgrounds for the cost-conscious or adventurous outdoor traveler, to luxury, 5-star resorts, and more innovative accommodation such as tree-house hotels and ecolodges.