Dr Helen Farrell

Dr Helen Farrell


I have a PhD in Spatial Planning, and a MSc in Environmental Science and my undergraduate degree was in geography and biology as part of a BSc in Natural Sciences. Before joining the university, I was at the University of Lincoln and prior to that, at Dublin Institute of Technology.

My research interests are varied but tend to be in the field of outdoor and rural tourism and recreation; community planning; participation in planning and geographical information systems.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Member of journal editorial group for Tourism Policy and Planning.


I am part of the tourism research group. My current research focuses on the value/benefits of outdoor activity to the individual, and on teaching and learning aspects of tourism studies.


  • Place and Experience

In brief

Research areas

Rural tourism and recreation, the use of the outdoors for tourism and leisure, user conflicts in the countryside

Skills / expertise

Mapping/ spatial analysis, walk-along and in situ interviewing

Supervision interests

Rural tourism and leisure activities, active recreation, sustainable and community tourism