We encourage critical thinking and a spirit of questioning to address local and global challenges associated with events, tourism and hospitality.
Our award winning teaching and research teams use their knowledge and extensive links with industry and other stakeholders to ensure our students have the skills and knowledge to succeed. Several of our students are award winners and many of our alumni go on to pursue highly successful careers.
In addition to authoring highly cited papers, several of the standard textbooks used by students of events, tourism and hospitality management have been written by our colleagues.
Professor of Tourism Management Dorina-Maria Buda conducts interdisciplinary research with a particular focus on the interconnections between tourist spaces, people and emotions in times and places of socio-political conflict. In this respect she was awarded a number of individual research funds amongst which the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship [€585,000] in 2013, and an interdisciplinary four-year VENI grant [€250,000] from the NWO/Dutch Scientific Organisation for Research in 2015. Throughout her academic career she also received research funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Romanian National Service for Studies and Scholarships Abroad (ONBSS), and University of Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand, amongst others.View Staff Profile
Dr Emma Wood is Reader in Festivals and Events Marketing and specialises in marketing communications, social marketing and impact studies within the events sector.View Staff Profile
Chris Cooper is Professor in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. He gained his undergraduate degree and PhD in Geography from University College London.
Chris has more than thirty years experience in tourism and has worked as a researcher and teacher in every region of the world.View Staff Profile
Dr Alexandra J Kenyon: Alexandra is a Researcher leading on projects for the University's enterprise strategy focussing on Corporate Social Responsibility for events and hospitality, together with development projects in marketing emotions and interactive packaging.View Staff Profile
Dr Neil Ormerod is a Research Fellow at ICRETH. Neil specialises in evaluation studies within the fields of environmental management, tourism and recreation. His current research interests focus on outdoor recreation and tourism spaces, mobilities, and the commodification of outdoor sports and activities.View Staff Profile
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