Department of Hospitality and Events

The Department of Hospitality and Events aims to shape the future of the hospitality and events industry through dynamic research and teaching.


From robotics and automation to artificial intelligence, our Department works in partnership with industry experts to deliver research and teaching that engages with current trends and challenges. Our dedicated team of researchers also have a particular research focus on themes including: 

  • Innovation and productivity
  • Peer-to-peer platform and sharing economy
  • Talent management.  
Abstract image of Europe's city lights from space

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management research

We have a world-class reputation for our research in hospitality, tourism, transport and events. Our excellent facilities and vibrant research culture attract researchers and doctoral students from around the world, creating a diverse, creative and stimulating research community.

Meet the team

Academic staff

James Kennell profile image

Dr James Kennell

Head of Department

Mark Ashton profile image

Mark Ashton

Associate Professor; Associate Dean (Education) FASS - Interim

Marco Ciraulo profile image

Marco Ciraulo

Associate Professor & Director Industry Research Partnerships

Emma Delaney profile image

Dr Emma Delaney

Senior Teaching Fellow, Co-Director of Learning and Teaching

Anita Eves profile image

Professor Anita Eves

Professor of Hospitality Management

Viachaslau Filimonau profile image

Dr Viachaslau Filimonau

Reader in Hospitality Innovation

Sylvia Ganbert profile image

Sylvia Ganbert

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Christy Hehir profile image

Christy Hehir

Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events

Karen Kelly profile image

Karen Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management

James Kennell profile image

Dr James Kennell

Associate Professor in Events & Hospitality

Bora Kim profile image

Dr Bora Kim

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management; Co-Director of Learning and Teaching; Program Director for BSc IHM and IHTM

Yanning Li profile image

Dr Yanning Li

Senior Lecturer in Events and Project Management

Erin Chao Ling profile image

Dr Erin Ling

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

Hongbo (Daisy) Liu profile image

Dr Daisy Liu

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality

Tom Lunt profile image

Dr Thomas Lunt

Senior Lecturer (Events Management)

Nigel Morgan profile image

Professor Nigel Morgan

Professor of Social Sustainability

Pablo Pereira-Doel profile image

Dr Pablo Pereira Doel

Lecturer in Hospitality Information Technology; Digital Lab lead; Sustainability fellow and Water program co-lead at the Institute for Sustainability; Visiting Fellow, Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University (Japan)

Sumeetra Ramakrishnan (née Thozhur) profile image

Dr Sumeetra Ramakrishnan

Associate Professor

Jonathan Skinner profile image

Dr Jonathan Skinner

Reader in the Anthropology of Events

Iis Tussyadiah profile image

Professor Iis Tussyadiah

Professor and Head of School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Xuan (Lorna) Wang profile image

Dr Lorna Wang

Deputy Head, Department of Hospitality

Wenqi Wei profile image

Dr Wenqi Wei

Lecturer in Hospitality Management

Shi (Tracy) Xu profile image

Dr Tracy Xu

Associate Professor in Hospitality

Emeritus staff

Leo Jago profile image

Professor Leo Jago

Emeritus Professor

Andrew Lockwood profile image

Professor Andrew Lockwood

Emiritus Professor of Hospitality Management

Visiting staff

Chris Cowls profile image

Professor Chris Cowls

Visiting Professor

Professor Paul Pike

Visiting professor

Postgraduate research students

Abdullah Alnabati profile image

Abdullah Alnabati

Postgraduate Research Student

Hoyoung (Rachel) Chang profile image

Rachel Chang

Postgraduate research student

Brana Jianu profile image

Brana Jianu

Postgraduate Research Student and Associate Tutor

Wanwisa Khampanya profile image

Wanwisa Khampanya

Postgraduate Research Student

Youngsoo Kim profile image

Dr Youngsoo Kim

PhD researcher

Ikram Nur Muharam profile image

Ikram Nur Muharam

Postgraduate Research Student

Darina Svobodova profile image

Darina Svobodova

PhD Researcher