Constantia is a Reader in Tourism and the Research Lead for Tourism in the Tourism and Languages Group. In her research leadership role, she supports early career and established academics in the Subject area with their individual research goals and works across the Business School to support collaboration and promote a positive and inclusive research culture. She was previously the PhD programme leader in the Business School
Constantia is the leading authority on EU tourism policy and has published extensively on the impact of regional trading organisations on international tourism development in highly esteemed academic journals and practitioner publications. Her main research interests lay in EU tourism policy, tourism governance and organisational structures. She is also interested on technological mediation processes in tourism and cultural/heritage tourism practices and identity.
Her project work has been funded by the EU (TEMPUS programme), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Constantia was also previously employed as qualitative social researcher on tourism-related and employability projects and held various posts in the tourism industry. She has also acted as a grant reviewer and scientific expert for the Economic Social and Research Council, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Eureka Eurostars programme, and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, among others.
Constantia holds a BA Hons in Economics from the University of Macedonia, Greece and an MSc and PhD in Tourism from University of Strathclyde, UK. She is a committee member of Tourism Society (UK), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Constantia has acted as a scientific committee member and reviewer for several academic conferences and journals including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies and Event Management.
Constantia was previously the Postgraduate Programme Leader for Tourism, Hospitality and Events, (Jun 2008- Oct 2012) managing a portfolio of five programmes and overseeing student recruitment and retention. She is an experienced communicator who incorporates her research insights into her teaching and public engagement practice. Her work has been previously presented to student audiences in the UK, Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia and at practitioner conferences and symposia. She developed and leads on the research-informed modules, International Tourism Policy and Planning (taught in UK and Singapore at undergraduate level) and the postgraduate Case Studies in International Tourism. Additionally, her research has informed teaching in two postgraduate modules, Experience Design and Management and Contemporary Issues in Heritage and Cultural Tourism.
Constantia is also an experienced PhD and DBA supervisor and examiner and held the post of PhD Programme Leader in the Business School from Oct 2012- Jan 2016 where she led on the recruitment of Graduate Teaching Assistants and planned and provided induction and research methods training activities.