Professor Stephen Boyd was born in Northern Ireland and did his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, graduate studies in Canada at the University of Regina and obtained his PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is an ex- geographer who moved quickly into tourism, teaching tourism at Staffordshire University, England, the University of Otago, New Zealand and the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, where he holds the chair in tourism.
His research has covered many areas, but he is best known for his work on heritage tourism, marketing and managing World Heritage Sites and the relationship between national parks and tourism. He is currently researching political tourism and the interconnections between religious and political tourism. He is the Masters Coordinator of all taught programs in his Department, including Master’s in International Tourism Development, International Hotel and Tourism Management and Event Management.