Urban

Professor Emeritus Dr. Gregory J. Ashworth

A GOOD SIZE CITY, WITH PLENTY GOING ON


What’s special about Groningen is that it’s unique. It’s a good size city, with plenty going on. However, its citizens seem not to be aware of this uniqueness, considering their city to be an ordinary one. I will never take Groningen for granted. I have travelled the world many times over, yet I confess I only feel truly at home in Groningen. Groningen is my city.

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WORLD’S THOUGHT LEADER ON HERITAGE MANAGEMENT & URBAN TOURISM


Tourism Geographer & Economic Geographer

Gregory Ashworth is a world renowned researcher in his field of expertise: management of cultural heritage, urban tourism, urban planning, city marketing and leisure management. Gregory Ashworth was educated in Geography at St John’s College, Cambridge (BA), University of Reading (MPhil) Birkbeck College, University of London (PhD). He has taught at the Universities of Wales, Portsmouth and since 1979 Groningen, The Netherlands. Since 1994, he is Professor of Heritage Management and Urban Tourism in the Department of Planning Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. His main research interests focus on the interrelations between tourism, heritage and place marketing, largely in an urban context. Although he retired in 2006, he still is a keen ambassador for the Faculty, the University and the city of Groningen. He is author of around 15 books, 100 book chapters, and 200 articles.

His publications include: The City in West Europe (Wiley); TheTtourist-Historic City (Wiley); The European City: Western Perspectives (Fulton); Heritage Planning (Geopers); Building A New Heritage: Tourism, Culture And Identity In The New Europe (Routledge); Dissonant Heritage (Wiley); European Heritage Planning And Management (Intellect); A Geography of Heritage (Arnold); Construction of Built Heritage: a North European Perspective (Ashgate); Senses of Time: Senses of Place (Ashgate); Marketing Tourism Places (Routledge); Tourism And Spatial Transformation (CABI); and Place Marketing Selling the City (Wiley). He received Honorary Life Membership of the Hungarian Geographical Society in 1995 for services to Hungarian universities, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in 2010 and received Knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Beatrix for services to Dutch Science in 2011.