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.