Lisa Wyld, Director of the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, after years in the international hospitality and events industries, started her career in academia. Her interests related to events and hospitality, in contexts such as event design and theming, impacts of food and beverage on culture, event impacts, consumer behaviour and experiences as well as leadership challenges within these industries, as well as the links between industry and academia.
Dr Raoul Bianchi, Reader in International Tourism, has carried out research over many years on the international political economy of tourism, sustainable tourism and on questions of tourism citizenship and borders.
Dr Naz Ali, Senior Lecturer in Events and Leisure Management, investigates critical geographies related to global tourism, sport events tourism and matters of identity.
Dr Henrik Linden, Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Cultural Industries Management, explores fan cultures, arts audiences and the representation of places and destinations.
Birte Schmitz, Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been teaching for 13 years, before which she gained industry experience working in tourism marketing and on seafront and rural development projects on the South Coast of England. Her research interests lie within tourist behaviour, food tourism and rural tourism planning and development.
Lynthon Musamadya, Senior Lecturer in Events and Hospitality Management, has an interest in strategic, operational and quality management issues and their impact on financial and revenue performance within the events, hospitality and tourism industries.
Alexandra Constantinescu, is a Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management Programme. Her research interests include social media marketing and green corporate reputation, particularly from the perspective of the hospitality industry. Her freelance experience includes: digital content creation, working with restaurants and food and beverage brands in promoting their products and services. Miss Constantinescu was shortlisted for the ''Food Influencer of the Year'' Award.
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