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    Personal profile


    Nick is Programme Leader for Business and Management. Nick has worked with the Business School since 2002, and was co-author and Programme Leader of our FdA in Leisure and Tourism Management; and designer of our DipHE in Tourism Management. Nick mainly delivers on our BSc (Hons) Business and Management with Leisure and Tourism, and is a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor for undergraduates and post graduates.

    Over the years Nick has worked as a Lecturer in Tourism Management and as an Educational Consultant for local universities, colleges, and 6th Form and secondary schools. Nick has also been a Lead Assessor and Verifier of Institute of Leadership & Management, and City & Guilds qualifications, working across public, private and voluntary sectors.

    Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), Member of the Academy of Marketing (MAM), Special Interest Groups (Arts, Heritage, Non-Profit & Social Marketing; Place Marketing & Branding; Sustainability; Tourism Marketing; and Visiting Places) and reviewer for the Academy of Marketing Conference, Member of TRINET – Tourism Research Information Network, and Member of the Responsible Tourism Network. Reviewer for the Journal of Place Management and Development, and Fellow of the Institute of Place Management. Member of PlantNetwork.

    Nick has a background in horticulture, the voluntary sector, ecosystem management, heritage, conservation, tourism, education, social enterprise, and place management and development.

    Nick aims to facilitate and improve effective business and management knowledge, understanding, skills and practice for sustainable and responsible place management and development.

    Research interests

    Nick calls himself a Place Ecologist, a term he has proposed as someone whom studies Place(s), mindful of their environmental, sociocultural and economic components, processes, services and so on and so forth. Nick uses the term ‘Place Ecosystem’ which he refers to actual and perceived tangible and intangible components, processes and services of place(s), relations of these to one another, and to perceptions and multiple dimensions of place(s) as complex, dynamic environmental, sociocultural and economic Ecosystems. Nick uses the term ‘Place Ecology’ which he refers to as the intra/multi/interdisciplinary study of place(s); and also uses the term ‘Place Phenology’ to indicate the study of seasonal place phenomena; all-in-all for effective, responsible, sustainable place making, place marketing, place management and place development knowledge, understanding and practice; a merger of biology, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology related ecosystem concepts and frameworks to name but a few, the list is not exhaustive.

    Among others, Nick aims to make sense of the diverse, complex and challenging interdisciplinarity of studying, representing and presenting unique place and people related ecologies, in order to manage and develop responsibly and sustainably. Nick’s research is focused on the complex perceptions, systems, processes, business, marketing, management and sustainable development of Place(s); with the ultimate aims of understanding and making places better together.

    ‘Place Management & Development of Botanic Gardens & Arboreta’ and‘#WeAre…? – An Exploratory Study of People & Place in West Lancs & the Liverpool City Region’, are current projects Nick is developing with partners. Such important research focuses on perceptions and sustainable development, progressing his research from his first degree dissertation (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods: A case study of business community perceptions in Hulme, Manchester, England, UK) through to his Masters dissertation (An evaluative case study of Foundation Degree provision from the perspectives of participants in a Further Education Institution in England, UK). 

    Nick’s first peer reviewed publication is “The View, Brew & Loo: Perceptions of Botanic Gardens?


    Nick is Programme Leader for our Business and Management suite of degree programmes and is Module Leader for 6 modules across Undergraduate Level 4 (BUS1017 Business start up), 5 (LTM2010 Introduction to leisure and tourism, and LTM2011 Planning for leisure and tourism) and 6 (LTM3004 Heritage, LTM3005 Events management, and LTM3006 Managing leisure and tourism impacts); whilst contributing to other modules across programmes and pathways.


    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, MA, Liverpool John Moores University

    Award Date: 11 Jul 2008

    Education (Post-Compulsory), PGCert, Liverpool John Moores University

    Award Date: 12 Jul 2006

    Environmental Studies with Geography, BSc, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 11 Jul 2000


    • H Social Sciences
    • Gardens; Heritage; Place; Service; Sustainability; Tourism

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    Research Output

    • 1 Citations
    • 1 h-Index
    • 3 Conference proceeding (ISBN)
    • 2 Conference proceeding article (ISSN)
    • 1 Abstract
    • 1 Article
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    The view, brew & loo: perceptions of botanic gardens?

    Catahan, N. & Woodruffe-Burton, H., 4 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Place Management and Development. 12, 1, p. 20-38 19 p.

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    Transformative Services of Botanic Gardens

    CATAHAN, NICHOLAS., 23 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press). 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Marketing Heaven & Hell: Botanic Garden’ Cause-Related Narratives

    Catahan, N., 19 Apr 2018, Institute of Place Management (2018) Proceedings of the 5th Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places, 'Changing places: Visions of utopia or dystopia?', 16th – 19th April. p. 135-139

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    • 2 Publication Peer-review

    Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (Journal)


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