Davidson is to leave his role as senior lecturer in events management at the University of Greenwich this month after almost four years to launch his own consultancy, MICE Knowledge.
Speaking about his decision to leave academia, Davidson told C&IT: "I am leaving the University of Greenwich this month because it was becomingly increasingly hard to juggle university work with my research projects."
He added: "MICE Knowledge will offer consultancy and training for venues and convention bureaus in the MICE market. I will continue to produce research for the MICE industry, present my work at conferences and lecture overseas."
Davidson has already secured a number of clients including Salzburg Convention Bureau and Visit Oslo, the city's visitor and convention bureau.
Davidson began his career at Visit Britain in the 1980s before spending 12 years as a lecturer at the University of Westminster in London.