Dr Maria Gebbels

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.

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/

2017 Institute of Hospitality Award for Best Conference Paper
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.

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.

Funded research 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)

Gebbels, M., Pantelidis, I.S. and Goss-Turner, S. (2019). 'Towards a personology of a hospitality professional' Hospitality & Society, In press.

Gebbels, M. (2018). 'Re-engineering challenging and abstract topics using Kahoot!, a student response system' Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 11(2): 1-12.

Gebbels, M. (2018). 'What the government can do to help the hospitality industry before and after Brexit?' Brexit Survival Guide: Practical Tips for Hospitality Businesses, 25-26. Available at: https://cdn.marketing.planday.com/website/uploads/2018/06/18124536/Brexit-Hospitality-Survival-Guide.pdf.

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. (2019) 'Gender issues in tourism and hospitality organisations: how to bridge the gap between gender awareness and organisational support?', Critical Tourism Studies, Ibiza, 24-28th June.

Gebbels, M. (2018) 'Re-engineering challenging and abstract topics using Kahoot!, a student response system', SHIFT 2018: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Greenwich, 5th January 2018.

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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