Dr Marianna Kornilaki is a lecturer in Tourism and Events Managent at Middlesex University London. Marianna holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University, a BA(Hons) and PhD from Leeds Beckett University. Prior to her Higher Education Marianna worked for many years in hotels in the UK as front office supervisor and in Tour Operators in Crete, Greece in various departments (accounting, transportation and excursions).
Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, Middlesex University London, U.K.
PhD in Sustainable Tourism, Leeds Beckett University, U.K.
BA (Hons) Managing International Tourism, First Class Honours, Leeds Beckett University, U.K.
ECDL, Proficiency in English, Certificate in Travel Agency ABTAC Primary Level, Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
Shortlisted Student-Led Teaching Award 2020, in the category of Outstanding Feedback Award.
Shortlisted for the award of Inspiring Tutor 2016
175 Heroes accolade in recognition of achievement and success as a former student in an exhibition for the celebration of the 175 years of Bradford College, 2008.
Prize for Academic Achievement, Final Year BA (Hons) student, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2003.
Senior Lecturer in Events Management , Leeds Beckett University, 2007-2016.
Fluent in English and Greek.
Marianna is involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She teaches: Contemporary Hospitality Management (MSc level), Events Management (BA and MSc level), Events Planning, Responsible Tourism and Dissertation. Marianna is currently supervising two postdoctoral students and has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
Peer reviewed articles:
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., and Font, X. (2019) The sustainability behaviour of small firms in tourism: the role of self-efficacy and contextual constraints. Journal of Sustainable Tourism (RSUS) Manuscript DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1561706
Kornilaki, M. and Font, X. (2019) Normative influences: How socio-cultural and industrial norms influence the adoption of sustainability practices. A grounded theory of Cretan, small tourism firms. Journal of Environmental Management, 230 . pp. 183-189. ISSN 0301-4797.
Font, X; Tapper, R; Schwartz, K. & Kornilaki, M. (2008) Sustainable supply chain management in tourism, Business Strategy and the Environment. 17, pp. 260-271.
Kornilaki, M. (2011) Book Review: Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide. By Meegan Jones London, Earthscan, 2010. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp329-330
Non-peer review articles:
Gorra, A and Kornilaki, M. (2010) Grounded Theory: experiences of two studies with a focus on axial coding and use of NVivo qualitative analysis software. Methodology: Innovative Approaches to Research, Spring 2010, pp30-33.
Bell, S., Kornilaki, M. and Richardson A. (2008) Students tackle event sustainability. The Main Event Magazine. Issue 15, February, p.8.
Wood, E. and Kornilaki, M (2010) Then and now: the changing landscape of local authority events. Global Event Congress IV: Events and Festivals Research: State of the Art, 14-16 July 2010, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., Font, X. (2007) "Understanding the sustainable behaviour of small family firms: balancing values with goals. A grounded theory approach", PhD Conference, 28-30 June 2007, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK.
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., Font, X. (2006) “Factors that influence small family tourism firms in Crete”, International Conference of Trends, Impacts and Policies on Tourism Development, 15-18 June 2006 Greek Open University, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., Font, X. (2006) “Understanding the behaviour of a small family tourism firm in Crete”, Cutting Edge Research in Tourism, 6-9 June 2006, Surrey University, Guildford, UK.
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., Font, X. (2006) “Using Grounded Theory to understand the behaviour of a small family tourism firm in Crete”, Postgraduate Conference, 24 May 2006, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
Kornilaki, M., Thomas, R., Font, X. (2006) “Understanding the behaviour of a small family tourism firm in Crete, a Grounded Theory approach”, Progressing Tourism Research, Postgraduate Research Conference, 30-31 March, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Font, X., Tapper, R., Kornilaki, M. (2004) “Green Purchasers: Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Tourism” Tourism State of the Art II, 27-30 June 2004, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
Mulligan, J., Musgrave, J., Font, X., Kenyon, A. Kornilaki, M (2011) research team: Meeting Professionals International (MPI) commissioned Leeds Beckett University to manage a three year study into the importance and value of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the meeting and event industry.
Wood, E. and Kornilaki, M. (2010) A longitudinal study of local authorities involvement in events.
Thomas, R., Bowdin, G., Wood, E. Kornilaki, M. (2008) Entrepreneurs Events Management Graduates. Research for the UKCEM.
Thomas, R., Wood, E., Bowdin, G. And Robinson, L. (2006) The contribution of community festivals and events to the local areas and the Welsh economy. Research report for LEADER + Programmes: PLANED, Adventa, Northern Marches Cymru and Cadwyn Clwyd, Wales.
Lashley, C. and Thomas, R. (2005) Research on skills issues in tourism and hospitality: A literature review. People 1st, London.
Font, X. The Travel Foundation, (2003), “Tourism Supply Chains”, Report writing based on a desk research project.
Fellow in Higher Education Academy
Member of International Travel and Tourism
Reviewer: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, International Journal of Tourism Policy.