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Margaret Daniels

Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management

Expertise: Tourism planning and policy, Events planning, implementation and evaluation, Sports Tourism, Economic impact analysis

 Daniels has conducted extensive fieldwork in the areas of tourism planning and policy, supply resource promotion and event management as pertaining to local economic development. She partners with agencies in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to assist them with event and tourism implementation and evaluation.

Daniels is a prolific researcher and has a combination of over fifty published papers, book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to her credit. She has spearheaded research in the niche event area of wedding consulting and has a newly released book entitled Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients written with Carrie Loveless and published by Elsevier.

Daniels is currently working on a series of collaborative studies with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. She is also conducting research with the National Park Service on the National Mall and Memorial Parks Management Plan.

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Peter Dieke

Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management

Expertise: Tourism development, Sustainable tourism, Ecotourism, Tourism in less developed countries

Dieke, an Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management at George Mason University, is a leading scholar in International Tourism Development. His research focuses on policy, planning and implementation strategies for less developed countries, with a regional interest in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dieke’s teaching specialties include sustainable tourism, tourism policy and planning, tourism in less developed countries, global understanding of tourism, tourism economics, ecotourism, political economy model of tourism development.

He has also advised governments and undertaken assignments for several international organizations, including United Nations Development Programme, World Tourism Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) among others.

Laurlyn Harmon

Assistant Professor of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Expertise: Using technology in natural environments, Social psychological perspectives of person/place relationships

Harmon is an assistant professor in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, in the School of Recreation, Health & Tourism at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D in Leisure Studies at Penn State with a minor in Social Psychology. Her research interests include the social psychological connections people have with the natural world (i.e. place attachment), technology and how it can be used to relate to the natural world, and recreation land planning.

Harmon has been working with underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the effect they have on our understanding of and interaction with underwater resources. Her research also includes assessment of experiential learning outcomes in non-formal settings. She currently teaches Research Methods, Human Behavior in the Natural Environment & People & Nature but has also taught courses in Recreation Facilities Planning, Recreation Facilities Management, and Golf Course Design.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376, pwilli20@gmu.edu