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Research interests

I am a Professor of Marketing in Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. I have an established reputation in the marketing field with a specific reputation in marketing management, consumer behaviour and tourism, leisure and cultural consumption. The innovative nature of my research traces to multi-disciplinary work and to methodologically robust measurement and assessment of key marketing concepts.


In recent years, I have over 100 academic publications, a significant number of which are in 3* and 4* ABS-listed journals with high impact factors. I am the co-chairman of tourism marketing special interest group in Academy of Marketing, UK. I am Senior Editor for Tourism Management Perspectives [ABS 2*, impact factor: 2.485] and Associate Editor of two journals: The Service Industries Journal [ABS 2*, impact factor: 2.381] and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management [ABS 3*, impact factor: 5.667]. I serve on the editorial review board of several social science journals, such as the Journal of Business Research [ABS 3*, impact factor: 4.874] and Journal of Travel Research [ABS 4*; Impact factor: 7.027].I am in the process of editing 5 special issues including:


  1. ‘Scale Development in Tourism and Leisure Research: New Approaches, Theoretical and Methodological Issues’, Journal of Business Research, [ABS 3*, impact factor: 4.874]
  2. ‘Responding to Crisis in Industry 4.0: Sustainable Marketing Innovation in Uncertain Times’, Sustainability, [impact factor: 2.592]
  3. ‘Contemporary issues and future trends in food tourism’, International Journal of Tourism Research, [ABS 2*, impact factor: 2.585]
  4. ‘Nature-based Solutions in Hospitality and Tourism Management’, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, [ABS 2*, impact factor: 3.816]
  5.  ‘Consumer experience management and customer journeys in tourism, hospitality and events’, Tourism Management Perspectives, [ABS 2*, impact factor: 3.648]


I have given keynotes at several academic conferences and workshops in USA, Middle East and UK. I have organised and hosted the 12th International Colloquium on Arts, Heritage, Non-profit and Social Marketing Conference (Academy of Marketing) in Heriot-Watt University in September 2013 and also hosted Tourism Marketing special interest group conference (Academy of Marketing) in Heriot-Watt University in December 2017. I am also keynote speaker and panellist at several academic and non-academic conferences and workshops.


At an institutional level, I have provided academic leadership for over several academic colleagues, supervised and graduated several PhD students. I have also secured over £2.5m in funding (including Horizon 2020 and KTP). From a teaching and learning perspective, I have taught at different university levels including BSc, MSc, MBA and MRes. I use interactive, experiential and engaging learning methods in my teaching.

Roles & Responsibilities


Teaching 2019/20

+ Communications and Branding (PG)

+ Issues and Trends in Tourism (PG)

+ Communications and Branding in Fashion (PG)

+ Leisure Marketing (UG) 





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Research Output

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Assessing the Mediating Role of Residents’ Perceptions toward Tourism Development

    Gannon, M., Rasoolimanesh, S. M. & Taheri, B., 9 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Travel Research. p. 1-23 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)

    Capital Deployment and Exchange in Volunteer Tourism

    Thompson, J. & Taheri, B., Mar 2020, In : Annals of Tourism Research. 81, 102848.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Factors influencing residents’ perceptions toward heritage tourism: A gender perspective

    Rasoolimanesh, S. M., Taheri, B., Gannon, M. & Ataeishad, H., 2020, Cultural and Heritage Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa: Complexities, Management and Practices. Hall, C. M. & Seyfi, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 202-217 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Generating Socially Responsible Events at Ski Resorts

    Taheri, B. & Thompson, J., Oct 2020, In : International Journal of Hospitality Management. 91, 102695.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Best Overall Paper

    Lochrie, Sean (Recipient), Kevin D O'Gorman (Recipient) & Taheri, Babak (Recipient), 8 Nov 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    The Traditional Marketplace: Serious leisure and recommending authentic travel

    Curran, Ross William Francis Alexander (Recipient), Baxter, Ian Winston Frederick (Recipient), Collinson, Elaine (Recipient), Taheri, Babak (Recipient), Martin Joseph Gannon (Recipient), Lochrie, Sean (Recipient), James Thompson (Recipient) & Ozge Yalinay (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (Journal)

    Babak Taheri (Editorial board member)

    30 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal (Journal)

    Babak Taheri (Editorial board member)

    22 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science (Journal)

    Babak Taheri (Editorial board member)

    15 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Application of mixed-methods : Scale development

    Babak Taheri (Speaker)

    14 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The University of Danang- Vietnam

    Babak Taheri (Visiting Researcher)

    22 Apr 201928 Apr 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    Scale development

    Babak Taheri


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Interviewed by “Tose -e- Mohandesi Bazar” magazine

    Babak Taheri


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research