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Scholarly biography

Nigel completed his Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Brighton, which examined the meaning of sport in the lives of Canadian and British gay men. The research critically aids in understanding how the lived experiences of gay men taking part in sport relate to and inform relevant hegemonic and queer theoretical debates.  He concluded that gay men are not overtly challenging traditional forms of hegemonic masculinity and sporting institutions as a whole, although on many occasions they subtly contest and disrupt these conservative ideological notions through their (queer) embodied practices.

Nigel undertook his M.A. in Leisure Management at the University of Sheffield (1996) and his B.A.A. in Geography at Ryerson University in Toronto (1986). 

He worked for 6 years as a consultant specializing in tourism, recreation and cultural master plans and feasibility studies in Toronto before returning to academia in England where he has lectured from 1996 to the present.

Supervisory Interests

In addition to sexuality and gender, further research, PhD supervisory and teaching interests relate to sport tourism, sport and event sponsorship, the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of tourism, leisure management and research methods. More recently I have become interested in the legacies of sport events as well as issues around the cruise sector.

Approach to teaching

I enjoy being in the classroom environment hoping to create critical dialogue with students via interactive lectures and workshops. While I must lecture some material, I enjoy most the discussions with students based on prior reading tasks or case studies. I see a strong value in role playing where students have to present and debate tourism related topics, especially on subjects they might not necessarily agree with. I try to encourage all students to become critical thinkers and to say what they believe in the class so I can respond to their ideas.  This is especially important for service industries students as so many need to develop their public speaking and presentation skills before they enter the workplace.

Beside traditional lectures and workshops, I also employ a business simulation exercise in one of my modules. After a series of lectures and field trips to various attractions that underpin their learning, student teams run an online virtual theme park outside of the class setting, with students saying they enjoy this different type of learning activity.  It provides them a chance to put theory into practice in an innovative digital space.

I strongly believe in the value of field trips for all my modules. Whilst being in the classroom is a great learning space, including bringing in guest speakers from industry, students really respond to learning about tourism when they visit local, regional and international attractions and natural environments, and engage with managers, local residents and government planners.

Supervisory Interests

Postgraduate Student Supervision MPhil/PhD (2 completions; 5 current as of 2018/19)

  • Rodrigo Lucena De Mello – Gay and Lesbian Parented Families: Travel Motivations and Destination Choice (awarded Ph.D. 2015)
  • Angela Wichmann - Tourism, Turnen, Tournaments: Understanding sports event tourists in the context of the 2011 World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne (awarded Ph.D. 2014)
  • Mana Al Mashreef - Ecotourism as a Tool for Sustainable Development in Desert Areas: The Case of Najran Region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  (started 2015)
  • Hanno Martens - The Tourism Destination Image Effects of Sport Events – A longitudinal Study of Germans visiting the UAE, Oman, Qatar or Bahrain (started 2016)
  • Judith Romhild-Raviart, Sustainable Behavour of Cruise Tourists (started 2016)
  • Rebecca House, The experiences of bisexual athletes (started 2016)
  • Abby Barras. Transgendered People’s Experience of Sport (started October 2017)

Scholarly biography

List of Conference Presentations and/or Keynote:

Jarvis, N. (2017).  Researching LGBT Sport.  Out on the Pitch: Sexuality and Men's and Women's Sport, 1970-Present. Research Network Event. Strathclyde University. Glasgow.

Jarvis, N. and Weeden, C. (2016).  Rough Seas? Undertaking Covert Research on a Cruise Ship, University of Surrey Tourism Conference.

Jarvis, N. (2015). The Legacies of the 2014 Cleveland/Akron Gay Games.  Federation of Gay Games General Assembly. Limerick, Ireland.

Weeden. C. and Jarvis, N. (2013). Challenging heteronormativity: employees¹ experiences of working on a gay cruise. Work ­Continuities and Disruptions in Modern Life: The First International Conference on Research on Work. University of Turku, Finland.

Jarvis, N. (2011).  The Politics of Heterosexual Men’s Participation in Gay Sport Clubs. International Sociology of Sport Association Conference, Havana, Cuba.

Jarvis, N., Weeden, C. and Lester, J. (2011) Gay men’s motivations and perceptions of the mainstream and gay cruise sector. "Advancing the Social Science of Tourism" Conference, Guildford, University of Surrey, UK.

Weeden, C., Jarvis, N, and Lester, J. (2011). Comparative analysis of lesbian and gay men’s motivations and perceptions of the (gay) cruise market. IV International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, UWIC, Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff, UK.

Pulido, A. and Jarvis, N. (2009). The Impacts of Climate Change on Small Hotels in Granada Spain. 7th International Symposium on Tourism and Sustainability – Travel and Tourism in the Age of Climate Change. Eastbourne, University of Brighton, England.

Jarvis, N. (2008). Cocks and Balls:  Sex and Desire among British Badminton and Canadian Softball Gay Male Athletes. Royal Geographical Society, London, England.

Jarvis, N. (2008).  The Politics of Heterosexual Men’s Participation in Gay Sport. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Denver, USA.

Jarvis, N. (2005). The Sport Career Paths of Gay Canadian and British Men. International Sociology of Sport Association Conference, Third World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jarvis, N. (2003). Gay sports and queer theory: Confirming or challenging the heterosexual social order?  International Sociology of Sport Association Conference, Second World Congress, German Sports University, Cologne, Germany.

Jarvis, N. (2003). Gay sporting masculinities in softball and badminton. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Montreal, Canada.

Jarvis, N. (2002).  Twelve Men Out:  Observations from a Gay Men’s Softball Team.  Out From The Centre Queer Studies Conference, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia.

Jarvis, N. (2000). The Commodification of the Gay World Series. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Colorado Springs, USA.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 9 Feb 2007

Master, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 2 Dec 1996

Bachelor, Ryerson University

Award Date: 2 Jun 1986

External positions

External Examiner - PG Tourism and Event courses, University of Surrey

Nov 2017Nov 2021

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Research Output

Timelines and transitions: Understanding transgender & non-binary people’s participation in everyday sport and physical exercise through a temporal lens

Barras, A., Frith, H., Jarvis, N. & Lucena De Mello, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry . Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Open Access
  • Blinded by gold: Toronto sports community ignores negative legacies of 2015 Pan Am Games

    Orr, M. & Jarvis, N., 18 Jun 2018, In : Event Management. 22, 3, p. 367-378 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    The Transgressive Potential of the 2014 Cleveland/Akron Gay Games Legacies

    Jarvis, N., 13 Dec 2018, In : Event Management. 22, 6, p. 981-995 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Cruising with Pride: The LGBT Cruise Market

    Jarvis, N. & Weeden, C., 2017, Cruise Ship Tourism. Dowling, R. & Weeden, C. (eds.). 2 ed. Wallingford: CABI, p. 332-347

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter


    • 5 Research degree

    What are transgender people’s experiences of everyday participation in sport in the UK?

    Rodrigo Lucena De Mello (Supervisor), Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor) & Hannah Frith (Supervisor)

    Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Tourism destination image: a longitudinal study of German adventure tourists visiting Oman.

    Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor) & Clare Weeden (Supervisor)


    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Cruising with a Conscience: Navigating moral identity and the ethics of sustainability in the online cruise community

    Clare Weeden (Supervisor), Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor) & Ioannis Pantelidis (Supervisor)


    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Sustainable tourism development in desert areas: The case of Najran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Clare Weeden (Supervisor) & Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor)


    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Rainbow families on holiday: Motivations, destination choices and need for safety

    Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor) & Clare Weeden (Supervisor)


    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree