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Dr Timothy Wilkinson

Research Fellow


+44 (0) 1392 723350

Lazenby House G.01


I am a social scientist and project manager, working as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR).

My research interests include:

  • sustainable tourism
  • food systems
  • farm enterprises
  • natural and cultural heritage

My work on sustainable tourism considers destination change in the context of the pandemic.  This stems from a regional development project called Bio-Cultural Heritage Tourism.  

With colleagues at the CRPR, I have authored reports on the barriers and opportunities to the public procurement of food in the South West, the South West Farm Survey 2020 and the lessons of COVID-19 for the UK food system.

I am interested in impacts of COVID-19 on the food system and the evolution of farm enterprise management after Brexit.

I work across the project lifecycle and have a strong interest in research ethics and governance.  

I have a geographical interest in the South West of England.  Some of my studies have focussed on landscapes designated for their natural and cultural heritage, including the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Exmoor National Park. 

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  • sustainable tourism
  • food systems
  • farm enterprises
  • natural and cultural heritage

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  • Keelan K, Wilkinson T, Pitama S, Lacey C. (2022) Exploring elderly Māori experiences of aged residential care using a kaupapa Māori research paradigm: methodological considerations, AlterNative, volume 18, no. 1, pages 67-74, DOI:10.1177/11771801221086323.
  • Wilkinson T, Petersen C, Merrell I. (2022) Tourism between the moors, The Land Between the Moors: Essays in Culture, Environment and Agricultural Change, Beaford.
  • Wilkinson T, Winter D. (2022) The land between the moors: a place betwixt and between, The Land Between The Moors: Essays In Culture, Environment And Agricultural Change, Beaford.
  • Guilbert S, Winter D, Lobley M, Wilkinson T. (2022) Covid-19 and the UK Food System: Learning Lessons and Building Back Better, Transforming UK Food Systems SPF Programme. [PDF]
  • Wilkinson T, Coles T, Petersen C. (2022) Mindful continuation? Stakeholder preferences for future tourism development during the COVID-19 crisis, Tourism Geographies, volume 25, no. 8, pages 1893-1911, DOI:10.1080/14616688.2022.2158216.
  • Wilkinson T. (2022) An online survey of tourists who holidayed in Northern Devon in 2021: survey instrument and method.
  • Wilkinson T. (2022) Northern Devon Tourism Business Survey 2021: report on a baseline survey for nature tourism.
  • Wilkinson T, Nye C, Lobley M, Clappison A, Goodwin A, Hilton J, West H, Thompson S, MacQueen G, Fogerty M. (2022) Public Procurement of Food in the South West Region: opportunites and barriers to relocalising food supply, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter.
  • Price S, Wilkinson T, Coles T. (2022) Crisis? How small tourism businesses talk about COVID-19 and business change in the UK, Current Issues in Tourism, volume 25, no. 7, pages 1088-1105, DOI:10.1080/13683500.2021.2023114. [PDF]


  • Wilkinson T, Petersen C. (2021) North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve User Survey 2021: survey instrument and method.
  • Wilkinson T. (2021) The Future of Tourism in Northern Devon: workshop conducted on the Bio-Cultural Heritage Tourism project.
  • Wilkinson T, Petersen C, Bell A, Bearman N, Barbier L. (2021) Tourism pressure and opportunity maps for North Devon Biosphere Reserve: Outputs from a decision-support tool to guide strategic tourism management.
  • Wilkinson T, Merrell I, Petersen C. (2021) North Devon Biosphere Reserve - Three Scenarios for the Future of Tourism.
  • Wilkinson T, Petersen C, Bell A, Bearman N, Barbier L. (2021) A decision-support tool to guide strategic tourism management: Mapping and modelling tourism pressure and opportunities for sustainable tourism in four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.



  • Harvey DC, Wilkinson TJ. (2018) Emerging landscapes of heritage, The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge, 176-192, DOI:10.4324/9781315195063.


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