Dr Michael Ireland

Dr Michael Ireland

Lecturer in Environmental Sciences (Education)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Environmental Science


PhD (University of Wales, Swansea) in Social Anthropology (1980-83) BA Honours (Stirling University) Social Anthropology with Sociology and a subsidiary in Psychology (1976 - 80)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute;  Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists

Roles on external bodies

Review board for Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism;  Acta Scientiarum Polonrum Economics member of the editing committee

Teaching interests

Environmental Science modules  ENVS 3001 Research and project supervision, 3003 Research method in social sciences for the environment and project supervision, 3004  Wind turbine impacts and energy assessments, 3005 Eco tourism and the environment and wildlife tourism  and 30011 Climate change, migration and indigenous peoples.  Assisting students from within the School on SPSS and questionnaire design. 

Research interests

Tourism and indigenous people; Rural transport - Railways; Research methods 

Ireland, M 2015 Land's End,  Cornwall, England  Chapter 4: 79-116 in Roseman, S & Herrero, N (Edited) Land's End and Tourist Imaginary Channel View  Publications, Bristol, UK

Ireland, M 2013 Documenting culture through film in touristic settings Chapter 26: 207 - 213. In Smith, M and Richards, G (Edited) The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism,Routledge, ISBN 978 -0-415-52351-6

Ireland, M  2011 Rethinking the concept of socially responsible tourism -  In Smith, M (edition) Responsible Tourist, conference proceedings. Budapest Business School, Hungrary: 53-58  ISBN 978 - 963 7159 - 29-9

Additional information

External Engagement 

Deputy Mayor of Okehampton 2015 to date
Vice Chair of OkeRail Forum 2015 to date
Chair of Okehampton United Charities January 2017 to date
Chair of OkeRail community interest company 2016 to date
Head of Establishment for Holsworthy Moorland Training Group 2016 to date