The ICRETH Team
Dr Emma Wood
Dr Emma Wood is Reader in Festivals and Events Marketing and Head of International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH). Emma specialises in marketing communications, social marketing and impact studies within the events sector.
Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management and the Course Leader for the MSc International Events Management. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Glenn Bowdin is Head of Subject-Events in the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality & Languages and Head of UK Centre for Events Management. He is former Chair and current Executive Committee member of AEME, Chartered Member of the International EMBOK Executive and on the editorial boards of Event Management and Journal of Convention & Event Tourism.
Kevan is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality.
Dr Elisa Burrai
Dr Elisa Burrai is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH). Her research background focused mainly on volunteer tourism, residents’ perceptions of tourism, tourism impacts and social impacts assessment.
Dr Julia Calver is a senior lecturer within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality. Julia has worked extensively in the arts sector, both operationally in festival and arts management as well as strategically developing creative partnerships between the creative and education sectors at Arts Council England.
Peter Cox is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism Hospitality & Languages. His current research interests lie in worker commitment and motivation, leadership and management and the early career experiences of hospitality students.
Dr Katherine Dashper
Kate’s research interests centre on questions of identity, diversity and (in)equality within sport and leisure, with a particular focus on equestrianism. Her research explores gender, sexuality and embodiment.
Rev Ruth Dowson is a Senior Lecturer at the UK Centre for Events Management, with a background in strategic and operational corporate events and venue management. Ruth's research interests focus on the interplay between events and church, as well as protest and raves. Ruth is a priest in the Church of England.
Dr Thomas Fletcher
Dr Thomas Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer within Carnegie Faculty. Thomas’s current research interests are broadly related to the sociology of sport and leisure and include: ‘race’/ethnicity, social identities, heritage, and equity and diversity.
Dr Kyriaki Glyptou joined the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality as Senior Lecturer on October of 2016 and since then, she has been engaged in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate modules related to Destination Management, Strategic Tourism Planning and Sustainable Development.
Emma Heslington is Event Support Service Co-ordinator for the Events Support Service (ESS) at UK Centre for Events Management. She has a First Class Honours degree in Events Management from Leeds Beckett University.
Dr Milka Ivanova is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University.
Steve Jones is Principal Lecturer within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality. He teaches on Travel and Tourism courses and has responsibilities for Teaching and Learning. Steve is a university Teacher Fellow.
Dr Alexandra J. Kenyon
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.
Dr Eliza Kitchen
After working and studying in the events sector in Adelaide, Australia, Eliza joined Leeds Beckett as a lecturer in 2012.
Dr Ian Lamond
Ian completed his PhD in arts and culture policy at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. His research focused on a critical discourse analysis of electoral texts in the UK from 1945 to 2010.
Lucy Laville is an experienced course leader and senior lecturer in marketing and public relations. She has contributed to pan European research projects on the strategic role of corporate communications and conducted her own doctoral research on the development of new professions.
Lucy McCombes is a tourism and community development professional with an academic background in Social Anthropology of Development and Responsible Tourism Management. She currently teaches social impacts of tourism and managing host-guest interaction.
Chris is a Senior Lecturer in the Leeds business School.
Dr Neil Ormerod is a Research Fellow in the School of Events, Tourism Hospitality & Languages. Neil specialises in evaluation studies within the the fields of events, tourism, business and leisure. His current research interests focus on impact, outdoor recreation and tourism spaces, and the commodification of outdoor sports and activities.
Alistair joined ICRETH in 2015 and is currently undergoing doctoral research into absorptive capacity. He is also teaching as a GTA in the UK Centre for Events Management.
Francis Patton is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality. His areas of specialism are Finance and Strategy and he also works closely with industry through the distance learning Masters course in Travel and through the EIG work he does with a number of major Hospitality companies. Francis has 30 years’ experience in the Hospitality sector and maintains strong links with industry as Chairman of SIBA (Small Independent Brewers Association), Chairman of Cask Marque (quality mark for beer) and an Industry expert on the Board of the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Annemarie Piso is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management.
Dr Razaq Raj is Principal Lecturer for Research and Enterprise in School of Accounting School of Accounting, Finance & Economics.
Stuart Rhodes is a former full time member of the Events Management academic staff with over 30 years teaching and training experience both within the University and delivering courses in the workplace. Experienced in developing new undergraduate courses and modules especially in the area of Foundation Degrees.
Dr Adrian Richardson is a Principal Lecturer with thirty years’ experience in higher education who has designed and run a variety of courses.
Dr Davina Stanford
Dr Davina Stanford is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and teaches on the Responsible Tourism MSc.
Dr Davide Sterchele
Davide joined Leeds Beckett University as a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in January 2013 from the University of Padua, Italy, where he completed a PhD in sociology with an ethnographic study on football and inter-ethnic relationships in post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Dr Damion Sturm
Dr Damion Sturm is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in MSc Sports Event Management in the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality.
Professor Rhodri Thomas
Rhodri Thomas is Professor of Tourism and Events Policy
Dr Jane Turner is an Online Learning Tutor in the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Languages. Her research interests include consumer decision-making in air travel, travel behaviour and airport management.
Alex joined ICRETH in 2014 as current doctoral research student and GTA in Tourism Management.
Dr Simon C Woodward
Dr Simon Woodward has some 25 years’ experience providing research and consultancy support to the heritage and tourism sectors. His experience ranges from feasibility studies to impact assessments and strategic planning.
Tim is a Senior Lecturer and Course and Module Leader at the UK Centre for Events Management.