Staff profile

Lisa Wakefield

Programme Leader Fd(A) International Tourism Management


Tourism Management


Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism


Buxton Campus



Programme Leader Fd(A) International Tourism Management

Teaching responsibilities

Lecturer in International Tourism Management

Module Leader for:

Applied Tourism Skills

Delivering the Tourism Customer Service Experience

Supervising the Tourism Customer Service Experience

Advanced Tourism Skills

Marketing in the Service Industries

ICT and Tourism Managment

Destination Management

Managing the Visitor Experience

Professional interests

Industry Links with Monarch Operations, STA Travel,, Thomas Cook, Virgin, Fiveways Travel, International Key Holidays, Review Business Travel, YHA and the National Trust.

Research interests

Humanistic Psychology and the visitor experience.

Communication, marketing and social media.

Destination Management


MSc International Tourism Management, University of Derby

Certificate in Education, University of Huddersfield

Recent conferences

Abta, The Travel Association, London, 2016

Hosco Conference, Palma, 2016

Flight Conference, Marbella, 2015

Experience in industry

I worked in the travel industry for fifteen years before embarking on a career in teaching.  My travel industry experience includes: retail, business travel, accounts, tour operations, sales and maketing and event managment. Whilst working in the industry I had the opportunity to visit many different countries and this helped to inspire in me a real love for travel and tourism industry. My academic career started in 2000, teaching in further education and for the last three years here at the University of Derby. I continue to work closely with industry partners and have recently helped organisations to use social media effectively in order to help with their marketing campaigns. 

I am currently working  on several  projects in conjunction with different tourism organisations along with our students here at the university to help contextualise real world learning within the modules of study. one such project which we completed last year was with Cromford Mill, a World Heritage site, helping to manage space and understand the quality of the visitor experience. 

Blog Posts

Lisa Wakefield, Lecturer in Tourism and Spa looks at the pros and cons of staying at home or going on vacation during the Christmas holidays.