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School of the Built Environment

Dr Nick Davies

Research Fellow (UPRISE)


After working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry I completed my first degree in Environmental Science at the University of Central Lancashire.  Following this I was a researcher and lecturer in the areas of sustainable tourism and transportation for ten years.  My work involved numerous international consortium research projects on urban mobility, sustainable communities, recreational trails for active travel and heritage tourism.  I have also conducted work for many local and national government organisations, the National Trust and Sustrans.

Additionally I completed a doctorate which drew together these areas, focusing on recreational walkers and their interactions with the external environment.  I moved to University of Salford in October 2016, where I am currently developing the emergent area of urban ecology.


I am designing a new MSc in Urban Ecology

Research Interests

My research interests span the areas of:

Sustainable cities


The interaction between people and the built and natural environment

Community and participatory engagement

Active travel

Tourism, recreation and heritage.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

PGCert Business and Management Research Methods

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

PhD Investigating Route-Choice of Recreational Walkers in the English Lake District

Fellow of the HEA



Davies, N. (Forthcoming) Walking tourists in the English Lake District: building a typology Tourism Management

Davies, N., Ellsmann, D., Trienes, M. and Weston, R. (Forthcoming) How social outreach and community approaches can encourage sustainable travel by rail, Transport Policy

Davies, N. (2017) Who walks, where and why? The UK Recreational Walking Market, Annals of Leisure Research

Davies, N. and Weston, R. (2015) Reducing car-use for leisure: can organised walking groups switch from car travel to bus and train walks? Journal of Transport Geography 48 (October, 2015), pp.23-29

Weston, R., Davies, N. & Guiver, J. (2015) ‘Cycle Tourism Development in the Peak District National Park, United Kingdom’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge.

Guiver, J., Davies, N. & Weston, R. (2015) ‘Scheduled Bus Use in Natural and Protected Areas: Visitor Preferences and Service Design Issues’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge.

Davies, Nicholas James (2012). What are the ingredients of successful travel behavioural change campaigns? Transport Policy. 24(3) pp.19-29

Davies, Nicholas J., Lumsdon, Leslie M. and Weston, Richard (2012) Developing Recreational Trails: Motivations for Recreational Walking. Tourism Planning & Development, 9 (1). pp. 77-88.

Davies, N.J., Lumsdon, L.M. and Weston, R. (2011) ‘Health Motivations for Recreational Walking’ Studies on Mobility and Transport Research: Issue 3: “Transport and Health Issues” - Current frameworks, trends, implementations and perspectives

Weston, R. & Davies, N. J. (2007) The Future of Transport and Tourism: A Delphi Approach Tourism and Hospitality Planning & Development, Volume 4, Issue 2 August 2007, pages 121 – 133

Selected conferences

Davies, N., Guiver, J. and Stanford, D. (2016) “Drive Less, See More: The Impact of Providing More Sustainable Travel on Visitor Journeys and Destinations in the Lake District, UK” Third international workshop “Desirable Transport Futures” in the Black Forest of Freiburg, Germany, June 28th-July 1st

Guiver, Jo W and Davies, Nicholas James (2016) Community Ambassadors for Increasing Patronage on Local Railways. In: Universities' Transport Study Group, 6th-8th January 2016, Bristol. (Unpublished)

Alzer, P., Catterall, R., Davies, N., Ellsman, D. and Trienes,. M. (2015) ‘Student Masterclasses’ Citizens’ Rail Conference, 1/10/15, Torquay, United Kingdom

Davies, N., Ellsman, D, Trienes, M. and Weston, R. (2015) ‘Understanding Citizens’ Rail: how marketing and social outreach can encourage involvement by public in their rail services and changes attitudes towards rail’, ECOMM (European Conference of Mobility Management), Utrecht, Netherlands, 21/05/2015

Davies, N. (2013) ‘Who walks, where and why: the UK recreational walking market’, In, 2013 Adventure Tourism Conference, 25th May, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye, United Kingdom

Guiver, J. and Davies, N. (2013) ‘Assessing the value of bus services for leisure’: in Scottish Transport Applications and Research Conference, 17th April 2013, Lighthouse, Glasgow

Guiver, J., Weston, R., Davies, N., McGrath, P. and Pulido-Ortega, A. (2013) Providing Public Transport for Tourists in Rural Areas, In: International conference on rural tourism, 5th – 7th September, Aviero, Portugal


Selected research projects and unpublished papers from Knowledge Transfer activities and external funding

European and international projects (Title; Date; Organisation)

Silver Cyclists, Cycle tourism for older age groups (2015-2016) Report for European Commission

Research Note on Passenger Rights and Tourism, Cost of non-Europe and sustainable tourism (2014) Research note for the European Parliament

European Greenways as Transnational Tourism Product, (2013-2014), European Commission

Industrial Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Study, (2012), European Commission

Citizen’s Rail, (2012-2015), Interreg 4b

Eurovelo (2011-12 and 2008-9), study of European Cycle Tourism on behalf of the European Commission

MAX (2006-9), an EU Travel Awareness and Mobility Management Research Project

North Sea Cycle Route Development Study (2006-7) Interreg 3b

National Projects

Comparative Recreational Study of Wales and other Countries (2006-7) Countryside Council for Wales

Buses in Tourist Areas, sustainable travel research tool,(2011), ESRC

Every Stop Helps (2007-8) Study on health and public transport, HEFCE

Tourism on Board (2005-6), a study of bus users in 14 tourist areas


Local Authorities, regional partnerships and National Parks

Peak District Economic Impacts of Cycling (2015) Peak District National Park

Yorkshire Dales Economic Impacts of Cycling (2015), Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks Authority

Lake District Sustainable Travel Study, (2011 and 2014) Lake District National Park

Monmouthshire Coastal Path Transport Study, 2013, Monmouthshire County Council

Commonwealth Championships, Sustainable Events (Keswick) 2011, LDNPA

Breeze up to the Downs Travel survey (2011) Brighton and East Sussex Council

Dee Valley walking and cycle trail feasibility study (2010-11)

Workington Travel Impact Survey (2010), study of changes in travel patterns

Wrekin Forest Sustainable Forest and Access Study (2010), Telford and Wrekin

Rea Valley Trail, feasibility study (2008-9), Shropshire County Council

Bus and Train Walks (2008-9), a study of organised walking group leaders, Ludlow 21

Market Day Buses (2009), Herefordshire and Shropshire County Councils

Trent Valley Way, feasibility study (2008), Trent Valley Partnership

Shropshire Hills Shuttles Study (2008), study on bus use in tourist areas, Shropshire Hills AONB

CO2 calculation report for Carding Mill Valley (National Trust Visitor Site) (2007) National Trust

Cravenlink leisure bus service survey (2007) Yorkshire Dales National Park

Economic Impact of Cycling Study (2006) North East RDA and Sustrans

Delphi Study: The future of Transport and Tourism (2006) North West RDA

West Somerset Railway Study (2006) Somerset Partnership