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Dr Sharon Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Sharon Wilson (FHEA) joined the faculty in October 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at University of Northumbria Business School.

As an interdisciplinary researcher, my interests are human mobilities, cultural tourism, business innovation and the creative industries. As a social scientist and creative practitioner, my research fits with the aria of emotional geographies, embodiment theory, transport ontologies, post-humanism and creative thinking in innovation. Having completed a PhD that looked at body-machine relationships in auto-mobility, I have subsequently produced a body of work around sensory mobilities and slow travel. With engagement with the ‘new mobilities paradigm’, my qualitative work also welcomes plurality and innovation in research episteme to contribute to the evolution of creative methodological practices. 

My expertise in artistic and strategic development in the cultural sector dovetails my research innovations from a creative perspective, synergising learning and teaching practices with research-orientated methodologies but with a real-world network that is current and future demand focused, as I drive to innovate as outwardly mobile, whilst institutionally dedicated to contributing to the pedagogical landscape.  

Complementary to my research developments, I endeavour to enhance the teaching environment with significant expertise as a practitioner from the creative industries with local, national and international connections established over 15 years with 30 organisations to include: creative SME’s, the health and wellbeing sector (NHS), heritage management and the entertainment industry. These deployments have resulted in a longstanding and stable professional network that offers external engagement opportunities for research, enterprise and experiential learning benefits for Northumbria University.

Former program leader of events at the University of Sunderland for 7 years, offers a breadth and depth of experience having taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A testament to a commitment to student experience, receiving ‘Best Lecturer’ in the Faculty in the student-led teaching awards at the University of Sunderland Faculty of Business and Law in 2015.

I also welcome general enquiries and applications from potential PhD students interested in my supervision.

Campus Address

Room 011, Newcastle Business School
Northumbria University, City Campus East
Newcastle Upon Tyne


  • Tourism PhD December 22 2017
  • MSc October 01 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Using Hike-Along Ethnographies to Explore Women's Leisure Experiences of Munro Bagging, Brown, D., Wilson, S., Mordue, T. Sep 2020, In: Leisure Studies
  • Campervan Ethnographies, Wilson, S. 1 Aug 2019, Handbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research, Edward Elgar
  • VW campervan tourists' embodied sonic experiences, Wilson, S., Chambers, D., Johnson, J. 1 May 2019, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Angler and fish relations in the UK, Mordue, T., Wilson, S. 5 Mar 2018, Wild Animals and Leisure, Taylor & Francis
  • The Nuclear Family Project: The Art of Touring the Toxic, Pt 1, Wilson, S. 21 May 2018
  • The Nuclear Family Project: The Art of Touring the Toxic, Pt 2, Wilson, S. 4 Jun 2018
  • The frictions of slow tourism mobilities: Conceptualising campervan travel, Wilson, S., Hannam, K. 1 Nov 2017, In: Annals of Tourism Research
  • To boldly go where no van has gone before: auto-ethnographic experimentation and mobile fieldwork, Wilson, S. 1 May 2014, Moral Encounters in Tourism , London, Taylor & Francis
  • The nomadic village, Wilson, S., Obrador, P. 1 Dec 2013, Travel, Tourism and Art, London, Ashgate Publishing Ltd

PGR Supervision

Uta Franek Von Schumann Start: 01/10/2020

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