Professor Roy Wood, PhD

  • Visiting Professor, Tourism and the Visitor Economy
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
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Professor Roy Wood, PhD


Dr Roy C Wood is a visiting professor at the University of Cumbria. His career in hotel and tourism education and training spans four decades at home and overseas.

Roy Wood graduated BA in sociology and social psychology (University of York) before obtaining a postgraduate diploma in hotel and catering administration (CNAA, Manchester Polytechnic). He subsequently obtained his MPhil by research in the philosophy and sociology of science (University of Bath) and his PhD in human resource management (University of Strathclyde).

He has held senior positions in numerous universities including professorships at the University of Strathclyde’s Scottish Hotel School which he originally joined as a lecturer in 1984 (Professor of Hospitality Management, 1996-2003); Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (Professor of International Hospitality Management, 2010-2015); the University of Macau, China (Professor of Hospitality and Gaming Management and Vice-Dean, Teaching and Learning, 2015-2017); and Leeds Beckett University, UK (Professor of Hospitality Management, 2017). Earlier in his career he held positions at Oxford Polytechnic and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, a constituent institute of the University of Dundee. 

Qualifications and memberships

BA (University of York)

MPhil (University of Bath)

PhD (University of Strathclyde)

Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel and Catering Administration (CNAA)


Dr Wood is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (formerly the UK Institute for Learning and Teaching) and in May 2014 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) in recognition of his contribution to the field.

Academic and research interests

Dr Wood's main areas of research relate to all aspects of hotel management with particular interests in accommodation operations, food and beverage management and human resource management. He is also interested in the uses and analysis of secondary statistical data for the purposes of scoping policy alternatives.


Dr Wood is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of some 16 books and 50 research papers in refereed journals. His first book, Working in Hotels and Catering (Routledge, 1992; second edition 1997) remains a major reference point for the study of employment in the hospitality industry. His edited collection (to which he also contributed around one-third of the chapters) Strategic Questions in Food and Beverage Management (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000) has sold several thousand copies around the world.  A second edition was published in 2018. He has contributed to, and co-edited with Dr Robert Brotherton, The Sage Handbook of Hospitality Management (2008) and edited and contributed to Key Concepts in Hospitality Management published by Sage in 2013. 

His most recent publications include the following:

  1. Koens, A and Wood, R C (2017) ‘An analysis of international employment levels in hospitality occupations using secondary statistics’, International Journal of Tourism Research, 19, 5: 496-504.
  2. van Ginneken, R, Melissen, F and Wood, R C (2016) ‘The owner-operator split in the hotel industry: sustainability challenges and opportunities’, International Journal of Hospitality Management, 54: 35-42.
  3. Wood, R C (2017) ‘The unspoken question: a response to Thomas and Ormerod’, Tourism Management, 62: 390-393.
  4. Wood, R C (2018) (Ed) Hotel Accommodation Management, London: Routledge.
  5. Wood, R C (2018) Strategic Questions in Food and Beverage Management, London: Routledge, 2nd
  6. Wood, R C (2019) ‘A problem with gastronomic tourism? Sociological impressionism vs. social realism in the study of touristic food uses’, in S K Dixit (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Gastronomic Tourism, London: Routledge.
  7. Wood, R C (2019) ‘One cheer for Marxism? Hospitality as a bourgeois phenomenon’, in B. Rowson and C Lashley (Eds.) Experiencing Hospitality, New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  8. Wood, R C, Sauer, L, Boland, R and Proper, J-W (2019) ‘Professional Ethics’, Chapter 6 in J. Bouwer (Ed) Ethical Dilemmas in the Creative, Cultural and Service Industries, London: Routledge, 99-121.

Recent external roles

Roy Wood has been a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (for tourism and hospitality subjects) since 2002 and holds or has held numerous visiting academic appointments in universities in Europe and Asia including visiting professorships at the University of Stirling, Hertfordshire University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Breda University of Applied Sciences

He has advised a number of private equity organizations on the acquisition and management of hotel and tourism management schools. He has worked on UNWTO projects on training in Iran, and on capacity development in the Netherlands.