Dr Adrian Devine is Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Leisure and Events Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Adrian’s first degree was in sport studies which he completed at Ulster University (1994). He continued his education on a part-time basis graduating with an MSc in International Tourism Management (1997) and an MSc in Sport, Exercise and Health (1998).
In 2008 he completed his PhD which examined Inter-organisational Relationships within the Sports Tourism Policy Arena. From 1994 Adrian worked in both the pubic the private sector in the area of leisure management before joining Ulster University in 2001. He is now a Senior Fellow of the University’s Centre for Higher Education and Research Practice and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Adrian is also an external examiner for the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. His main areas of research are the impact of events and sports tourism. He has published in a wide range of prestigious international journals such as Tourism Management, Event Management and Public Sector Management. He has won two Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for his research. His current research interests are bonding social capital and the use of social media in event marketing.
He is also supervising 3 PhD students and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Hospitality Student Journal.
Adrian has been involved in the planning of a number of high profile international events such as the World Police & Fire Games 2013. At local level he has been an adviser to some of Northern Ireland’s largest home grown events including the Super Cup NI and he also works closely with Special Olympics Ireland. He is currently collaborating with the NI Commonwealth Games events team as they prepare to host the 2021 Youth Commonwealth Games.