Dr Rosa Codina

PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

Senior lecturer in Tourism and Events

Oxford Brookes Business School

Rosa Codina


I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, leading both compulsory and elective modules. I am also a placement tutor for UG and PG hospitality students. I act as dissertation supervisor at UG and PG level (for hospitality and events students) and supervise PhD students as second and third supervisor. Lastly, I am an academic advisor for UG Hospitality Management students.

I actively conduct research on the socio-cultural and political impacts of tourism and events in developing nations, with a focus on tourism host communities and traditionally marginalised groups. As part of this role, I also seek funding applications, collaborate with colleagues and produce published outcomes.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Context of International Tourism
  • Tourism Impact Analysis
  • Tourism Hospitality & Events Synthesis
  • Global Events and Society

I mostly teach in modules which examine the impacts of tourism and events on host communities and the environment. I also teach on the PhD seminars for qualitative analysis (Quals B), in conjunction with Dr Karen Handley.


I supervise students conducting hospitality, tourism and events research for their PhD and in the following postgraduate courses:

  • MSc Tourism and Events Management
  • MSc International Hospitality, Events and Tourism Management
  • MSc International Hotel and Tourism Management
  • MSc International Tourism Management


My research interests lie at the intersection between sustainable development, socio-spatial studies of tourism, and critical research on the political aspects of tourism and events. I have a particular interest in the socio-cultural and political impacts of tourism and events in developing nations, with a focus on tourism host communities and traditionally marginalised groups. Using qualitative and interpretive methodologies, my research examines the different ways in which tourism and events impact the social structure of host communities, in particular mechanisms through which communities can benefit from and engage in tourism governance. To do so, I employ qualitative research methods, particularly ethnographic methods such as participant observation and semi-structured interviews.

Research impact

In December 2020, I was awarded a £1500 grant by the PEC and the British Council. As part of a wider remit of 10 researchers examining the relationship between the Informal Economy and the Cultural Economy in the Global South. My project examined the impacts of COVID-19 on women working in the Peruvian and Chilean informal tourism sectors. I was the lead investigator for my project which was carried out alongside Dr Daniela Moreno Alarcon. The policy report has been published in the British Council Creative economy Medium page.

I am also published in Tourism geographies (2*AJS journal) and I have presented my work at different conferences in the UK and abroad.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Associate fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy. May 2013


  • Rosa Codina, ‘The impacts of COVID-19 on artisan women working in the informal Peruvian tourism economy’. ATLAS (Association for tourism and leisure education and research) virtual annual conference: Tourism 21: Re-building Tourism – Continuities and Changes, 8th September 2021.
  • 7th World conference for graduate research in tourism, hospitality and leisure” Istanbul, Turkey, June 2014: Presentation of preliminary PhD findings.
  • “Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas”, November2012: Moderator for the panel “Interrogating Commodity II”.