Maria Gebbels

Dr Maria Gebbels BA Hons, MSc, PhD, PGCert, Fellow HEA

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management

Key details

Dr Maria Gebbels

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management


Dr Maria Gebbels joined the University of Greenwich in August 2016. She was awarded a PhD for a study entitled, "Career Paths in Hospitality: A Life History Approach" at the University of Brighton. She had previously gained an MSc in Food services and Wellbeing Management and holds a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton.

Before joining Greenwich, Maria was a lecturer at the School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton teaching a range of undergraduate modules.

She is a Member of the Institute of Hospitality (MIH) and represents the Marketing, Events and Tourism department at the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), which demonstrates her continuous commitment and engagement with the hospitality industry and a strong belief in sharing best practices in scholarship and pedagogy. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and since 2018 on the editorial board for HQ: Hospitality Quarterly magazine. In 2017 Maria was awarded the Institute of Hospitality Award for Best Conference Paper.

Besides her work in academia, Maria had worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years in roles such as a front of house manager and an operations manager in various sectors of the industry.

Responsibilities within the university

Maria is a program leader for MA International Tourism and Hospitality Management, and a course leader on a range of modules for hospitality and tourism management programes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She is currently supervising one Ph.D. student:
Mr Nithin Radhakrishnan - Skills shortage in hospitality sector in Great Britain with special focus on London: An analysis of the industry response.

Maria's areas of expertise and research interests are career development in tourism and hospitality, critical hospitality studies, application of life history methodology, as well as advancements in food and its relationship with culture and society. Maria is currently collaborating with other academics from national and international institutions on advancing the knowledge in the area of personology and professionalism in the hospitality industry, food and authenticity, bridging the gap between gender awareness and organisational support, as well as developing an understanding of factors that enable women to progress to senior management roles in the hospitality industry. Her implementation of Kahoot! was recognised as an innovative approach to teaching and blogged about: https://kahoot.com/blog/2018/03/06/university-putting-theory-into-practice-kahoot/

Awards

2017 Institute of Hospitality Award for Best Conference Paper

Recognition

Member of the Tourism Research Centre
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Long-standing Member of the Institute of Hospitality (MIH)
CHME Executive Committee Member (Council for Hospitality Management Education)
Editorial Board Member for HQ: Hospitality Quarterly magazine
Reviewer for International Journal of Tourism Cities, and Tourism and Hospitality Research.

Research / Scholarly interests

Maria's primary areas of research interest are career development studies, critical hospitality management research, life history methodology, as well as advancements in food and its relationship with culture and society.

She has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences and is currently working on publishing journal articles based on her Ph.D. research. Her research paper- 'Towards a Personology of a Hospitality Professional'- won the accolade of the best academic paper at the CHME 2017 Research Conference in Aalborg, Denmark: http://www.chme.org.uk/news/2017/06/12/CHME_Conference_Awards/

Reviewer for International Journal of Tourism Cities.

Member of Tourism Research Centre, University of Greenwich.

Key funded projects

The Seedling Fund: Developing a Female Leadership Programme for the Tourism Industry (2018, University of Greenwich)

ECHO Grant: Flashes for Excellence: Increasing Student Engagement (2015, University of Brighton)

HOTPOT Project: Facilitation of a public and social engagement programme through novel food service technologies: http://hotpot-online.eu/ (2012-2013, Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, France and University of Brighton, England joined project; 2.8mln Euro)

Recent publications

Article

Aksenova, Diana , Cai, Wenjie, Gebbels, Maria (2022), Multisensory prosumption: how cooking classes shape perceptions of destinations. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 34 (9) . pp. 3417-3439 ISSN: 0959-6119 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-09-2021-1117).

Cai, Wenjie , Gebbels, Maria, Hafiz Zainal-Shukri, Wan (2021), Performing authenticity: independent Chinese travellers’ tourism dining experiences in Europe. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Tourism Management, 86: 104339 ISSN: 0261-5177 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2021.104339) NB Item availability restricted.

Gebbels, Maria , McIntosh, Alison, Harkison, Tracy (2021), Fine-dining in prisons: Online TripAdvisor reviews of The Clink training restaurants. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Hospitality Management, 95: 102937 ISSN: 0278-4319 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2021.102937) NB Item availability restricted.

Calinaud, Valentine , Kokkranikal, Jithendran, Gebbels, Maria (2020), Career advancement for women in the British hospitality industry: The enabling factors. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Work, Employment and Society, 35 (4) . pp. 677-695 ISSN: 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017020967208).

McIntosh, Alison , Gebbels, Maria, Harkison, Tracy (2020), Serving time: how fine dining in jail is helping prisoners and satisfying customers. In: , , , . , The Conversation (doi: https://theconversation.com/serving-time-how-fine-dining-in-jail-is-helping-prisoners-and-satisfying-customers-149161).

Gebbels, Maria , Gao, Xiongbin, Cai, Wenjie (2020), Let’s not just ‘talk’ about it: reflections on women’s career development in hospitality. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32 (11) . pp. 3623-3643 ISSN: 0959-6119 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2020-0385).

Gebbels, Maria , Pantelidis, Ioannis S., Goss-Turner, Steven (2019), Conceptualising patterns of career commitment: the leaving process in hospitality. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32 (1) . pp. 126-147 ISSN: 0959-6119 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-04-2019-0338).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2019), Transforming hospitality. Institute of Hospitality. In: , , , . Institute of Hospitality, HQ: Hospitality Quarterly, 53 (3) . pp. 50-51 (doi: https://flickread.com/edition/html/5d931e50cb435#50).

Gebbels, Maria , Pantelidis, Ioannis S., Goss-Turner, Steven (2019), Towards a personology of a hospitality professional. Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Hospitality & Society, 9 (2) . pp. 213-234 ISSN: 2042-7913 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/hosp.9.2.215_1).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2019), What makes a hospitality professional?. Auckland University of Technology Library. In: , , , . Auckland University of Technology Library, Hospitality Insights, 3 (2) . pp. 5-6 ISSN: 2537-9267 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/hi.v3i2.58).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2018), Re-engineering challenging and abstract topics using Kahoot!, a student response system. Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 11 (2) . pp. 1-12 ISSN: 2044-0081 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v11i2.844) NB Item availability restricted.

Gebbels, Maria , Planday, Institute of Hospitality (2018), What the government can do to help the hospitality industry before and after Brexit?. In: , , , . , Brexit Survival Guide: Practical Tips for Hospitality Businesses . pp. 25-25 (doi: https://cdn.marketing.planday.com/website/uploads/2018/06/18124536/Brexit-Hospitality-Survival-Guide.pdf).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2015), Foodies and Food Tourism. Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Hospitality & Society, 5 (2-3) . pp. 260-261 ISSN: 2042-7913 (Print), 2042-7921 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/hosp.5.2-3.249_5).

Book

Farkic, Jelena and , Gebbels, Maria (2022), The adventure tourist: being, knowing, becoming. Emerald Publishing. In: , , , . Emerald Publishing, Bingley (1st) . ISBN: 9781800718500; eISBN: 9781800718494 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80071-849-420211007).

Book section

Gebbels, Maria and , (2022), Personology. Edward Elgar Publishing. In: , , In: Dimitrios Buhalis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham and Camberley, UK ; Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (1st) . pp. 1-3 . ISBN: 9781800377479 ; 9781800377486 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800377486) NB Item availability restricted.

Gebbels, Maria and , (2022), The boys’ club: gender bias in hospitality hierarchies. Routledge. In: , , In: Conrad Lashley (ed.), Prejudice and Discrimination in Hotels, Restaurants and Bars. Routledge, London (1st) . ISBN: 9781032030449 (doi: https://www.routledge.com/Prejudice-and-Discrimination-in-Hotels-Restaurants-and-Bars/Lashley/p/book/9781032030449) NB Item availability restricted.

McIntosh, Alison , Gebbels, Maria, Harkison, Tracy (2021), Fine dining in a prison: case study of The Clink restaurants, U.K.. Edward Elgar. In: , , In: Marina Novelli, Joseph M Cheer, Claudia Dolezal, Adam Jones, Claudio Milano (eds.), Handbook of Niche Tourism. Edward Elgar, (1st) (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Gebbels, Maria and , (2019), Career paths in hospitality.. Routledge. In: , , In: Michael J. Boella, Steven Goss-Turner (eds.), Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry : A Guide to Best Practice. Routledge, (10th) . pp. 459-476 . ISBN: 9780429805950 (doi: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?pcampaignid=books_read_action&id=AuemDwAAQBAJ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Gebbels, Maria and , (2018), Re-engineering challenging and abstract topics using a student response system. In: SHIFT 2018: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, Friday, 5th January 2018, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Court , . , (doi: ).

Gebbels, Maria , Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis, Dr Steven Goss-Turner (2017), Towards a Personology of a Hospitality Professional. In: 2017 Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) Research Conference, 16-19 May 2017, Aalborg, Denmark , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Gebbels, Maria and , (2015), Hospitality education: a pathway to career success?. In: Nordic Symposium In Tourism and Hospitality: Responsible Tourism?, 1st-3rd October 2015, Reykjavik , . , (doi: ).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2015), Career paths: preliminary findings in hospitality. In: Doctoral College Annual Student Conference, 21st-22nd July 2015, Eastbourne, UK , . , (doi: ).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2015), Deciding against a career in the hospitality industry: some preliminary findings. In: Contemporary Perspectives in Tourism and Hospitality Research: Policy, Practice and Performance, 12th-14th July 2015, Eastbourne , . , (doi: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=TOURISM;d076a3c0.1504).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2015), Life history: a methodological approach to understanding career paths in hospitality. In: 7th Annual Brighton-Sussex Postgraduate Conference, 18th June 2015, Brighton , . , (doi: ).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2014), Researching life as a whole: The use of life history to understand career commitment in hospitality. In: Doctoral College Annual Student Conference, 2nd June 2014, Falmer , . , (doi: ).

Gebbels, Maria and , (2014), Self-efficacy as a mediator of career commitment in hospitality. In: Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) 23rd Annual Research Conference 29th May 2014, 12-15th May 2014, Buxton , . , (doi: http://prezi.com/ampdrianknmm/self-efficacy/).

Conference proceedings

Gebbels, Maria , Cai, Wenjie, Gao, Xiongbin (2019), Gender issues in tourism and hospitality organisations: how to bridge the gap between gender awareness and organisational support?. Digital Commons @ TRU Library. In: , , , Critical Tourism Studies Proceedings. Digital Commons @ TRU Library, , 2019 (1) . pp. 62 . ISBN: 9780991687121 (doi: https://digitalcommons.library.tru.ca/cts-proceedings/vol2019/iss1/62/).

Other

Gebbels, Maria and , Kahoot! (2018), University story: putting theory into practice with Kahoot!. Kahoot!. In: , , , . Kahoot!, (doi: https://kahoot.com/blog/2018/03/06/university-putting-theory-into-practice-kahoot/).