Dr Jonathan Karkut - Touch TD Ltd

Dr Jonathan Karkut - Touch TD Ltd

Contact Address

4, Duke of Wellington
52 Cyprus Street
Bethnal Green
E2 0NN

Contact Details

Company: Touch TD Ltd
Telephone: 07977 424 234
Email: jonathan@touchtd.com
Website: http://www.touchtd.com
Twitter: @TouchTD
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonathankarkut

Consultant Experience

Jonathan is co-founding director of Touch TD - a company that delivers projects using a unique approach bringing the insights gained from anthropology and thick data methods to the business side of tourism and heritage. Having qualified first as a geologist, then gaining post-graduate and professional training in anthropology and tourism, Jonathan brings a unique knowledge of both earth and social sciences particularly as connected to the realm of development. This has been honed into his PhD research within the thesis 'Policy tectonics: Theory and enactment around the model for UNESCO global geoparks’.

Over the past 20 years, he has been responsible for developing, managing and delivering training and research for projects and consultancy in the areas of tourism, heritage and sustainable development. He brings particular expertise in optimizing the potential of intangible cultural heritage and in finding appropriate balances when managing complex landscapes. Building on project experience with public, private and academic sector partners most notably in Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia, India, Iran, Kenya and Ethiopia, he has helped provide socially, culturally and politically appropriate solutions to complex developmental settings.

He is an active member of The Royal Anthropology Institute, Geology Society and of ICOMOS UK including the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee. In particular this has led to Jonathan making contributions in the area of intangible cultural heritage, and sustainable tourism proposals at UNESCO World Heritage projects in mixed cultural/natural sites.


  • Arts and Culture
  • Destinations
  • Eco Tourism
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Government
  • Heritage including Historic Houses and Sites
  • Museums
  • Rural and Agro Tourism


  • Business Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research and Statistics
  • Organisational Structures and Strategies
  • Policy Formulation and Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Development and Management
  • Training and Skills Development

Location Experience In

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Middle East
  • Oceania
  • UK
  • Western Europe

Willing To Work In

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Oceania
  • UK
  • Western Europe