Stephen Taylor is part of the Tourism and Hospitality Management team and joined the University in January 2022.  He has previously held academic positions at Edinburgh Napier (2009-2022) Strathclyde (1998-2009) and Dundee (1991-1998) universities.

Qualifications and memberships

Stephen has a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). 

Academic and research interests

Stephen's primary research interest concerns the governance of natural areas with a specific focus upon natural area tourism.  He has a particular interest in mountain based tourism/mountaineering and this is currently reflected in research (since 2017) concerning the 7,134 metres Lenin Peak located on the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border.  This involves working in partnership with a number of tourism organisations and commercial operators in Kyrgyzstan.


Recent publications/outputs

Komissarov, V., TAYLOR, S. & Turova, M. (2021) How to solve the problems of solid waste pollution at high altitudes in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan: The Case of Lenin Peak. Tourism in Kyrgyzstan: Practice, Problems and Perspectives, 17 (1). 

Komissarov, V. and TAYLOR, S. (2019). Critical assessment of mountaineering tourism on Peak Lenin, Kyrgyzstan: current problems and possible solutions. Results of the 2018 study. Tourism in Kyrgyzstan: Practice; Problems and Perspectives, 15 (1) pp.47-65.

TAYLOR, S (2019) An investigation of the rubbish debris generated by commercial mountaineering operations on Lenin Peak.  A Research Report submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Kyrgyz Republic, December 2019.

TAYLOR, S (2019) The highs and lows of acclimatising: Strategies and stories from Lenin Peak, Invited presentation at the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) Science Day, Bamford, 13th November.