My academic background lies in tourism and recreation studies and I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on tourism, recreation and management modules. My research focuses on the experiences of adventure tourists and adventure recreationalists. My primary research focuses on the experiences of female climbers and mountaineers, the constraints they encounter and negotiate when accessing and participating and the benefits they gain from these experiences. Additional projects include an investigation of women’s representation on adventure social media and the impact adventure activities have on women’s well-being. I employ a range of methodologies to study the experiences of adventure participants, including survey research, ethnography and social media research. I was previously a snowboard instructor in America and I am an enthusiast of the outdoors, which has inspired my research. I am a member of the Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA), an organisation which seeks to bring together academics, adventure professionals and commercial operators, and I sit on their steering group committee. I am also a member of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group (ORRG), which is a group of Sheffield Hallam University research experts with expertise in diverse areas of the outdoor recreation sector. Currently we are working with Sheffield City Council on a project to develop adventure-based city breaks designed to attract international sports enthusiasts. The project was awarded by VisitBritain and their Discover England fund.
- 2019: Doctor of Philosophy, 'Women's mountaineering tourism experiences: the constraint negotiation process and benefits of participation', Sheffield Hallam University,United Kingdom
- 2015: Fellow - Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom
- 2011: Post Graduate Certificate - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
- 2008: MSc Tourism Management and Development, Buckinghamshire New University
- 2002: BA Tourism Studies, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Member of professional body
- 2017: Adventure Tourism Research Association, United Kingdom
- 2015: Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom
- Modules include Adventure Tourism, Marketing and Tourism Consultancy
- 2018: University Inspirational Teaching Award
- Outdoor Recreation Research Group: https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/outdoor-recreation-research-group
- Adventure Tourism Research Association: https://atra.global/steering-group/
Gender and tourism
Tourism constraints and constraints negotiation
Benefits of tourism
Doran, A., & Hall, J. (2020). Researching Women in Mountaineering, UK. Unpublished.
Low, T., Maggie, M., Doran, A., & Hardwick, L. (2020). Women’s outdoor adventure experiences on Instagram: Exploring user-generated content. Annals of leisure research. http://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2020.1815068
Doran, A., Schofield, P., & Low, T. (2020). Women's mountaineering: accessing participation benefits through constraint negotiation strategies. Leisure Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2020.1763439
Doran, A., & Pomfret, G. (2019). Exploring efficacy in personal constraint negotiation: an ethnography of mountaineering tourists. Tourist studies. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468797619837965
Doran, A., Schofield, P., & Low, T. (2018). Women's mountaineering tourism: an empirical investigation of its theoretical constraint dimensions. Leisure Studies, 37 (4), 396-410. http://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2018.1452283
Doran, A. (2016). Empowerment and women in adventure tourism : a negotiated journey. Journal of Sport and Tourism, 20 (1), 57-80. http://doi.org/10.1080/14775085.2016.1176594
Schofield, P., Doran, A., & Nolan, R. (2017). Assessing the walkability of urban public space with GIS technology: The hidden dimensions of security and community heritage. In The Routledge international handbook of walking. (pp. 369-378). Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-International-Handbook-of-Walking/Hall-Ram-Shoval/p/book/9781138195349
Pomfret, G., & Doran, A. (2015). Gender and mountaineering tourism. In Musa, G., Thompson-Carr, A., & Higham, J. (Eds.) Mountaineering Tourism. (pp. 138-155). Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315769202
Gregory, M., Pomfret, G., & Doran, A. (2020). The Outdoor City Adventure Breaks - Evaluation Report.
Theses / Dissertations
Doran, A. (2019). Women's mountaineering tourism experiences: The constraint negotiation process and benefits of participation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Pomfret, G. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00203
Pomfret, G., & Doran, A. (2014). The role of gender in mountaineering tourism. Presented at: Adventure Tourism Research Association Seminar, Sheffield Hallam University
Competitive Research Award
- 2019: Sheffield Hallam University Creating Knowledge Implementation Plan (CKIP) Strategic Investment Fund.
- 2017: Develop adrenaline fuelled city breaks designed to attract international sports enthusiasts, VisitBritain and Sheffield City Council, United Kingdom
DBA supervision: An investigation of how the tourism cluster concept in Oman influences the relationships between tourism stakeholders.
PhD supervision: Social media and mountain tourism: an examination of the commodified mountain and the implications for local communities