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.