Glimpses into the future is Ian’s forte, whether it is an advisory role for projects, as co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures or academic writing. As Visiting Professor of Tourism Futures, Ian brings a foundation of knowledge in futures theory and scenario planning to EFTI.
Ian is the professional crystal ball gazer or futurologist specialising in travel and tourism. Ian learned his trade as the scenario planner for VisitScotland where he established the process of futures thinking within the organisation using a variety of techniques including economic modelling, trends analysis and scenario construction and is now resident at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Ian has a PhD in Operations Research from Edinburgh Napier University and is presently studying towards a Higher Doctorate (DSc) based upon an ontological classification of tourism futures through truth and explanation. Ian is editor of the Journal of Revenue & Pricing Management and editor of Channelview’s Tourism Futures book series. He is the author and co-editor of 18 books including the Future of Food Tourism, 2050: Tomorrow’s Tourism, Tomorrow’s Tourist and The Future of Events and Festivals and a large collection of papers in leading journals.