Kiran A. Shinde
Dr. Kiran A. Shinde is currently teaching at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has been working in the field of religious tourism for more than 15 years. He has published over 40 scholarly papers on various aspects related to religious tourism including the environmental issues and spatiality of religious tourism, planning and management of destinations, cultural heritage and policies and governance. His papers appear in high-ranking journals including Urban Studies, Current Issues in Tourism, International Journal of Tourism Research, GeoForum, Space and Culture, and so on. He has contributed chapters in books published by reputable presses such as Elsevier, Routledge, SUNY Press, CABI, etc. Upon invitation by UNWTO, he has contributed to the Bethlehem Charter on Religious Tourism. He is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. His qualifications include a PhD from Monash University, Australia; two Masters Degrees – one in Urban Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and one in Urban Planning from CEPT University, India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pune University, India. He has worked in multidisciplinary areas and taught at several institutions in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and India. He has presented his research at conferences in Canada, Turkey, Australia, Portugal, Singapore, UK, and US.