Mrs Kristin Finn

Mrs Kristin Finn

Lecturer in Events Management (Education)

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Prior to joining the University of Plymouth as a Lecturer in 2010, I gained 10 years’ experience as a socioeconomic consultant (cultural lead) and project manager. During this time I designed, won and managed large scale research studies for national, regional and local government departments and think tanks, as well as private sector businesses. This work has informed project and programme evaluations, visitor / audience studies, business plans and strategies in the fields of economic development, tourism, creative and events industries, as well as the third sector. My industry experience heavily informs my teaching contribution and as such, areas of professional interest and research activity include crowd safety planning and risk analysis, employability skills development, research methodologies for business management and strategic business development.


PhD (Ongoing - completion in 2021) Crowd Dynamics and Managing Safety
MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management (Plymouth University)
BSc (Hons) Tourism Management (Plymouth University)
PGCAP (Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice)

Higher Education Diploma in Crowd Science and Risk Analysis (Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance)

Professional membership

Fellow (Higher Education Academy)



Teaching interests

I currently teach on a range of modules for the BSc (Hons) Events Management programme as well as core modules to wider Tourism, Hospitality and Cruise programmes.

Subjects and specialisms include:
  • Crisis and Disaster Management (Counter-Terrorism and Resilience Planning)
  • Crowd Behaviour and Managing Safety
  • Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Research Methods 
  • Strategic Business Management and Consultancy
  • Sustainable Event Management

In addition to my teaching role, I am also a supervisor to a number of final year Honours Project students from Plymouth University, placement student mentor, as well as leading on the Research Methods module delivered via our partner institution in Hong Kong.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Academic Panel Member. MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis Validation Event. Manchester Metropolitan University. 2015.



Research interests

I am currently nearing completion of a PhD which explores crowd dynamics at events and managing safety. 

My other research interests include exploring undergraduate employability skills and work readiness.

Grants & contracts

2012-13. £2000 in research funding from Plymouth Business School and the Talent Hub to explore industry perceptions of undergraduate and graduate employability skills and work readiness. This research helped to inform employability curriculum development and created new employer links for placement opportunities.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Brunt P & Brophy K (2006) 'Gay Tourist Victimisation' International Review of Victimology 275-299
Brunt P & Brophy K (2004) 'English Seaside Resorts and the Deviant Tourist' Acta Turistica 1, 3-30