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Research

International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality


The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) is the research hub of the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management. As a group of over forty academics, we conduct fundamental and applied research with the aim of advancing knowledge within an intellectually stimulating research environment that brings together events, tourism and hospitality. We also develop and influence policy and practice within the tourism, hospitality and events sectors.

Our teams adopt inter-, cross- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research. Current thematic priorities include research on: emotions and experience, innovation, sustainable practice, pro-social behaviour, strategy and management as well as critical studies within the events, tourism and hospitality fields of study.

The standard of our work was officially recognised in the last national assessment of research, The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We were ranked second out of more than 50 universities in Unit 26: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism for research power, a measure of quality and volume.

Our research has been funded by a variety of international, national and local organisations. In recent years, these have been as diverse as: the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research/ De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – NWO, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), NGOs in various European, African and Asian countries, sports governing bodies, local authorities and private companies.

Working alongside our academic staff we have a dynamic community of more than twenty UK and international PhD students, as well as a research fellow, post-doctoral researcher and visiting scholars.

Dona Maria Buda

Professor Dorina-Maria Buda, Head of the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH)

We'd Like to Invite visiting scholars to come and work with us. it's a great opportunity to share knowledge.

Research Students

Alexandre Witte
Alexandra Witte
Alex joined ICRETH in 2014 as a doctoral research student and GTA in Tourism Management. Her research is titled, “A Mobile Ethnography of Walking China’s Tea Horse Road”, and is investigating touristic walking experiences and practices on the trails of the former trading network of the Ancient Tea Horse Road in Southwest China.
Alistair Palferman
Alistair Palferman
Alistair is investigating absorptive capacity in the event sector. This involves understanding the underlying processes of external knowledge absorption and how it is transformed and exploited as innovations which can ultimately enhance competitive advantage
Conor McTiernan
Conor McTiernan
Conor’s research examines the role of trust in inter-organisational knowledge transfer within Irish tourism and event networks.
Emmy Yeung
Emmy Yeung
Emmy's PhD research focuses on the connections between authenticity issues and the use of augmented reality in cultural heritage contexts.
Jase Wilson
Jase Wilson
Jase has a deep passion for photography, mountaineering and climbing, and very adventurous travel. Jase will be teaching modules in the areas of responsible tourism. His research interests include; Tourism development, tourism in the mountains, Himalayan Tourism, dark tourism.
Xavier Font

“Being able to do my PhD at Leeds Beckett by publication was excellent - it gave me the flexibility I needed to combine my full time work with getting a qualification, and I was able to use my previous publications towards it. Leeds Beckett had staff that had experience on this format of PhD and were able to advise me well on how to prepare a credible PhD submission."

Xavier Font

PhD by published work

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