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David Adeloye

Doctoral Research Abstract

There has been an increasing concern in tourism studies over the impact of terrorism on risk perceptions and tourism demand as tourists have been observed to avoid destinations they perceive to be of high risk. However, travel behaviour and decisions have also been observed to be largely influenced by various subjective spatial interpretations. That is, internal representations of the world (including terrorism) influence how people perceive things, and ultimately, how they react or what travel decisions they make. This study will examine the subjective spatial perceptions of terrorism and how they influence domestic tourists’ travel decisions.


Master of Science, Tourism Management. Bournemouth University, UK (2015)
Bachelor of Science, Tourism Studies. Redeemer’s University, Nigeria (2012)

Scholarships and Awards

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (2016)
Commonwealth Scholarship – Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK (2014)
Redeemer’s University Academic Scholarship – Redeemer’s University, Ogun, Nigeria (2011)

Primary Research Interests

Terrorism and Domestic Tourism

Influence of terrorism on domestic tourists’ travel decisions; terrorism risk and tourism; and domestic tourists.

Risk and Risk Perception

Domestic tourists’ risk perceptions; travel risk and decision making; risk and travel behaviour; and geographical perceptions

Tourist Behaviour and Attitudes

Psycho-cultural framework; intrinsic measures in behavioural and attitudinal studies

Other Research Interests

Media framing; and destination image

Teaching Experience

Tourist Behaviour (2017)
Destination Management (2017)
Airline Ticketing and Reservation (2012)
Government and Tourism (2011)

Guest Lecturer

Global Tourism (2017)
Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management (2017)


Adeloye, D., and Brown, L., (2017). Terrorism and domestic tourist risk perceptions. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 1-17.


Adeloye, D., (2017). Spatial perception of terrorism and its influence on domestic tourists’ travel decisions. Department of tourism graduate seminar series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

3 Minutes Thesis Presentation (2017). Business Annual Research Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand.