Maria Gebbels

Dr Maria Gebbels joined the University of Greenwich in August 2016. She completed her PhD in Service Management at the University of Brighton, with a specific focus on career development in the hospitality industry. She had previously gained an MSc. in Foodservices and Wellbeing Management and holds a BA(Hons) in International Hospitality Management from University of Brighton.

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

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 also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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.

Maria lectures on a range of courses for hospitality and tourism management programmes, 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 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:

Reviewer for International Journal of Tourism Cities.

Member of Tourism Research Centre, University of Greenwich.

Gebbels, M. and Pantelidis, I.S. (2014) 'Self-efficacy as a Mediator of Career Commitment in Hospitality.', 23rd Annual Council for Hospitality Management Education Research Conference, Conference Proceedings, Buxton

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Gebbels, M. (2017) 'Towards a Personology of a Hospitality Professional', 26th Annual Council for Hospitality Management Education Research Conference, Aalborg, 15-19th May

Gebbels, M. (2015) 'Hospitality education: a pathway to career success?', 24th Nordic Symposium In Tourism and Hospitality: Responsible Tourism?, Reykjavik, 1st-3rd October 2015

Gebbels, M. (2015) 'Career paths: preliminary findings in hospitality', Doctoral College Annual Student Conference, Eastbourne, 21st-22nd July 2015

Gebbels, M. (2015) 'Deciding against a career in the hospitality industry: some preliminary findings', Contemporary Perspectives in Tourism and Hospitality Research: Policy, Practice and Performance, Brighton, 12-14th July 2015

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

Gebbels, M. (2015) 'Researching life as a whole: The use of life history to understand career commitment in hospitality', Doctoral College Annual Student Conference, Falmer, 2nd July 2014

Gebbels, M. (2013) 'Self-efficacy and career inheritance: their potential influence on career commitment', Doctoral College Annual Student Conference, Eastbourne, 5th July 2013

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