Staff profile

Dr Iride Azara

Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events

Dr Iride Azara at the INC 2018 conference


Tourism Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement, Visitor Economy Research Group




Buxton Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. I am also the Masters Scheme Leader for the Postgraduate taught courses MSc Tourism Management; MSc International Hospitality Management and MSc Events Management.

I am an active researcher across several University research groups and international research associations. I have extensive research background on the changing dynamics of cultural tourism practices such as heritage, festivals and events and how they can be used as opportunities for the sustainable revitalisation of communities and destinations alike. I am also actively researching in the areas of Tourism and Wellbeing with a particular focus on the role nature and protected areas can have on tourists’ subjective wellbeing.

I have published in a variety of international refereed journals and books. I regularly act as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and international research conferences such as Eurochrie, the INC and Atlas and I sit on the European editorial board of the International Journal of Spa and Wellness. I have guest edited several special issues for the Journal of Event Management and edited a book on Tourism, Health and Wellbeing in Protected Areas published by CABI.

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Research qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked and continue to work with a number of large and small organisations in a research and consultancy capacity.

Prior to my academic career, I worked in award-winning 4*and 5* star hotels in the island of Sardinia, Italy and for the second-largest Italian airline, Meridiana Fly, originally founded by the Aga Kahn, Prince Karim al-Hussayni.

Additional interests and activities

Journals- Editorial/ reviewer activity

 Conferences- Advisory/ Reviewer activity

 Conference Organisation

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In the media

Recent publications

Edited books

  • Azara, I., Niccolini, F., Taff, D., Michopoulou, E., & Clarke, A. (2018) Introduction to Tourism, Health, and Wellbeing and Protected Environments, in Azara, I., Michopoulou, E., Niccolini, F., Taff, D., & Clarke, A. (Eds) Tourism, Health, and Wellbeing and Protected Areas, CABI
  • Clarke, A., Azara, I., Michopoulou, E., Niccolini, F., & Taff, D., (2018) Reconsidering the relationship between Tourism, Health, Wellbeing and Protected Areas, in Azara, I., Michopoulou, E., Niccolini, F., Taff, D., & Clarke, A. (Eds) Tourism, Health, and Wellbeing and Protected Areas, CABI 
  • Azara, I. (2017) Principles and practices of Spa Consumer Behaviour. In Rawlinson, S. and Heap, T. International Spa Management. Oxford: Goodfellows
  • Azara, I. and Wilcockson, H. (2017) Game Park Tourism. In Lowry, L. (2017) (Ed.) The SAGE International Encyclopaedia of Travel and Tourism. Washington D.C.: SAGE. DOI: 10.4135/9781483368924.n191
  • Azara, I. and Stockdale, I. (2012) ‘Key concepts in Spa Tourism’ in Peter Robinson (Ed) Key Concepts in Tourism. London, Routledge
  • Azara, I. and Crouch D. (2006) ‘La Cavalcata Sarda: Performing identities in a contemporary Sardinian festival’ in Picard, D. and Robinson, M. (Eds) Festivals, Tourism and Social Change: Remaking Worlds, Clevedon, Channel View Publications
  • Azara, I. (2020). 'A non- conference review: a note on conferences that never were, those that may be and those that will be in 2021'. In International Journal of Spa and Wellness. DOI:
  • Azara, I. (2020). 'Modelling and simulations for tourism and hospitality. An introduction'. In Current Issues in Tourism. DOI:
  • Pope, E., Jessl, M., Michopoulou, E., and Azara, I. (2017). 'Marketing Strategy for Tanzania: Focus on the UK Market', June 2017
  • Azara, I and Wakefield L. (2015). 'Cromford Mills: Improving the visitor experience at a UNESCO world heritage site'. June 2015. 
  • Clarke, A., Azara, I. and Michopoulou, E. (2018). The Vision and Mission of the International Journal of Spa and Wellness. Welcome editorial. International Journal of Spa and Wellness
  • Azara, I. (2016). 'Cultural Tourism'. In Tourism Planning & Development, 13 (1):120. DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1106773
  • Azara, I. (2003). ‘La Cavalcata Sarda’. In Mare Nostrum, Sardegna, Anno V, N.14, Milano, Grafiche Milani, pp.44-50