Gesthimani Moysidou
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Dr Gesthimani Moysidou



Dr Gesthimani Moysidou is a Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Edinburgh Napier University. She specialises in alternative tourism, the sharing economy, mobilities, sustainability, and sociological perspectives of tourism and hospitality. Gesthimani teaches various tourism and hospitality related modules and supervises dissertations at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. She is also a member of the Migration and Mobilities Research Network at ENU.

Gesthimani completed her undergraduate studies in International and European Economic studies at Athens University of Economics and Business, followed by an M.Sc/M.A./Cand. Soc European Studies double degree offered by Flensburg University and University of Southern Denmark and an M.Sc. in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Edinburgh Napier University. She then completed her PhD at Edinburgh Napier University under the supervision of Professor Paul Lynch and Professor Alison McCleery. The PhD, titled “Constructing the moral framework of hospitality in non-commercial homestays”, explored perceptions of ethics and fairness in encounters where food and accommodation are exchanged for a few hours of daily work, along with the issues of power relations and dynamics that inform the relationship. She has presented her research in various academic conferences in the UK and abroad.

During her time as a doctoral student, she also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research Methods and is currently working on a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education, which will award her Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to becoming a Lecturer, Gesthimani worked in various academic and non-academic positions, including a role as a Junior Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research in Greece, a Research Assistant at ENU and as a Grants Administrator and Destitution Researcher at Refugee Survival Trust. She has also worked for years in the hospitality industry in Greece and Scotland.

Research Groups


Conference Organising Activity

  • "I can't give you any food if you don't do something to help for the food": Social Power and Negotiation Strategies in Hospitality Encounters
  • Family as the archetype of ‘ideal’ hospitality
  • Understanding and negotiation of roles in non-commercial homestays: A host perspective
  • The power of mobility: A working guest perspective
  • Identity, ideology and power relations in the host-guest relationship
  • Identity, power relations and negotiation in the relationship between the host and the mobile guest
  • The Micro-ethics of Au-pairing Relationships
  • Ethics of hospitality in non-commercial homestay tourism
  • Hospitality as Ethics: Host-Guest Relationships in the Au Pairing Context
  • The ethics of hospitality relationships in the private home-based working tourism setting (Poster presentation)


Fellowships and Awards

  • Best Paper in Council for Hospitality Management Education Conference
  • ENUBS Research Excellence Award (Third Year Presentation)
  • Edinburgh Napier University 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship
  • University Medal Winner