Ray Nolan

Ray Nolan

Senior Lecturer / Researcher


As a lecturer I formally deliver undergraduate and postgraduate lectures within the university's Business School. I provide learning, teaching and assessment opportunities for a range of modules.  This includes a specialist role of providing support with under and postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds; advising and guiding the planning, structure, methodology and analysis of their academic work and research so as to develop strategies for independent learning.  I achieve this by assisting students to interpret assignment, assessment and research criteria and then proactively give support in structuring their research and response. 

As a researcher I participate in a variety of activities: proposal writing, identification and scoping, data gathering, analysis, interpretation and dissemination including stakeholder liaison.  This includes managing a programme of international projects proposed to [SHU-]TICOS (Tourism Industry Carbon Offset Scheme), a SHU-LTA Fellowship project, and consultancy work with external partners such as Natural England and UNCTAD.  I have also participated in policy research networks e.g. UNEP ICRI, UKHTC R&E Forum.  In addition, I have delivered CPD workshops; clients include HSBC and the NHS. Funding bids have included EU FP7, EU DGJLS and ESRC. 

As a Research & Development Manager with the UKHTC, I drew on key interpersonal skills in professional networking and wide experience in the research field to enhance the UKHTC capacity and better engage the research community. Using a sound understanding of the research environment, researchers' rationale and incentives for engagement, I was able to proactively take forward the work of the UKHTC. In my role, I provided a 'platform' for interaction between 'agencies' and the wider research community. This is best exemplified in the raised awareness I have generated both in the research community and at the UKHTC of opportunities in the UK government and EU central research funding programmes. These programmes have a clear 'knowledge transfer' [academia-industry-public sector] agenda for 'applied' research ranging from victim-perpetrator profiles to practitioner training, data collection and information management in the UK and internationally.

In developing funding bids and UKHTC research activities I have reflected the rationale for engaging in research into all areas of human trafficking as clearly set out in the EU Convention and UK Action Plan along with calls from within the UN - ODC, ILO, IoM, etc. Along with colleagues at the UKHTC I have utilised personal knowledge and experience of organisational engagement dynamics to gain the participation of each of these organisations as partners in proposals for EU funding (bids worth > €6million about to be submitted are currently under consideration). In a number of proposals the UKHTC is leading the 'end user consortium'. As R&D manager in a recent EU FP7 I played a central role engaging (and maintaining engagement) Europol, Interpol, Eurojust and a number of [THB] police / border agencies from across Europe in a joint proposal to develop better information-intelligence management and sharing.



  • 2014: PGc Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2013: Masters of Research (MA SSRM), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2002: MSc Environmental Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1993: BA (Hons) Tourism & Recreation Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2012 to date: PhD - Cross sector partnerships in preventing the 'tourism-human trafficking nexus, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom



  • 2016: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism; Impact case study; 'Upstream' training to raise awareness and prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the international tourism, hospitality & events industry., UNWTO / ECPAT
  • 2006: Examination of past-future delivery of local authority countryside management services across England to inform organisational restructure and policy formation for transition to 'Natural England' , Countryside Agency, United Kingdom

CPD/ Attendance at annual conferences

HEA fellow

  • 2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Member of professional body


  • 2015: Member of UK Modern Slavery Advisory Forum, UK Modern Slavery Advisory Forum, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer Researcher


  • Trafficking in Human Beings and the Links within Tourism Industry


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School



Journal articles

Nolan, R., & Rotherham, I. (2012). Volunteer perceptions of an ecotourism experience : a case study of ecotourism to the coral reefs of Southern Negros in the Philippines. Journal of Ecotourism, 11 (3), 153-172. http://doi.org/10.1080/14724049.2012.709248

Nolan, R. (2012). Volunteer Perceptions of Ecotourism. Journal of Ecotourism, 0.

Book chapters

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


Nolan, R. (2013). Upstream' Training to Raise Awareness and Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Children in the International Tourism, Hospitality & Events Industry.

Nolan, R. (2012). HEADspace - Trafficking in Human Beings.

Other activities

External Responsibilities

  • 2016: International recruitment faculty officer , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2015: UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection - Partner: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT), Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT)
  • 2011: UG/PG placement Officer, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2011: Trafficking in Human Beings Research Project, Sheffield Business School, United Kingdom


  • 2015: Inspirational Teaching Award, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2013: Social Science Research Methods Prize Awarded for Excellence, School of Social Sciences
  • 2012: UK National Working in Partnership Award - July 2012 UK government recognition award, UK Government, United Kingdom

Research funding or grant

  • 2009: EU DG justice , European Union
  • 2009: EU FP7, European Union
  • 2009: ESRC KEP, ESRC Festival of Social Science, United Kingdom
  • 2009: ESRC Social Science Funding, ESRC Festival of Social Science, United Kingdom
  • 2009: Pedagogic Innovation Fund, Pedagogic Innovation Fund

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