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.
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.
Dr Elisa Burrai
Dr Elisa Burrai is 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
Julia has had a broad experience both operationally in festival management and strategically at Arts Council England. Over the last five years, her focus has been on developing university and creative industries collaboration.
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.
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.
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 Eliza Kitchen
After working and studying in the events sector in Adelaide, Australia, Eliza joined Leeds Beckett as a lecturer in 2012.
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 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.
Dr ShiNa Li
Dr ShiNa Li has been a senior lecturer in Events Management. Her research interest includes economic and social impact evaluation, events and meetings industry, risk management in tourism, tourism economics, mega-events, economic modelling, computable general equilibrium modelling, input and output modelling.
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.
Dr Neil Ormerod
Dr Neil Ormerod is a Research Officer 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.
Dr Davina Stanford
Dr Davina Stanford is Research Fellow 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 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.