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Thomas Dowson


As a professionally trained, academic archaeologist, two of my research interests focussed on conservation and management of archaeological sites. In particular I explored issues of public engagements with the past through archaeological sites and museums. Now that I work in the tourism and travel sector, I am using my research experience in archaeology to explore the role of archaeological and historical sites and museums on sustainable tourism. Not only does visitation to attractions need to be sustainable (what measures should we be taking on site to enable as little impact as possible), but what can attractions be doing to promote sustainable consumption and production (how are they working with local communities to make visitor experiences more sustainable and meaningful)? Currently I am researching case studies of initiatives developed and used by sites and museums around the world with the view to sharing these as examples of best practice that can be applied elsewhere.