Douglas George Hope graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1964 with an Honours degree in Geography, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1965. He studied Town and Country Planning at Leeds School of Town Planning (now part of Leeds Beckett University), and was elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1970. In 2008, he gained an MA in Lake District Studies, with distinction, at the University of Lancaster, and in 2015 received a PhD in Cultural History for his research into how the Co-operative Holidays Association (CHA) and the Holiday Fellowship dealt with the challenges of the twentieth century. Hope has presented papers on his research at conferences and symposia organised by the University of Cumbria, the Leisure Studies Association and the British Society of Sports History, and has had a number of articles published on different aspects of his research. His biography of T. A. Leonard, the founder of the CHA and the Holiday Fellowship, appears in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.