Professor Mike Weed
Professor Mike Weed is Professor of Sport in Society, Director of the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR), and Faculty Research Director for the Faculty of Social & Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has previously worked in the Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy at Loughborough University and as Director of Research in Sports Culture at the University of North London. He is interested in all areas of the relationship between sport and tourism, but particularly in the motivations and behaviours of active sports tourists and travelling sports spectators, and in the implications of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Professor Weed is author (with Chris Bull) of Sports Tourism: Participants, Policy and Providers (2nd Ed., Elsevier, 2009) and Olympic Tourism (Elsevier, 2008), and Editor of Sport & Tourism: A Reader (Routledge, 2008). He is Editor of the Journal of Sport & Tourism (Taylor & Francis), has Guest Edited issues of European Sport Management Quarterly, European Journal of Sport Science and Psychology of Sport & Exercise, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise and The Qualitative Report. Professor Weed’s research has been funded the Economic and Social Research Council, the Department of Health, UK Sport, Sport England, the Football Association, Coca-Cola Enterprises and the South East England Development Agency, and he has advised regional agencies across the UK on both sports tourism and Olympic development. Professor Weed is listed in the Routledge World Who’s Who.