Dr Darryl Gibbs

​Senior Lecturer      

Department: Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2041 6327           
Email Address: dgibbs@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Darryl is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management. Darryl joined the department in 2008 and teaches across a range of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management courses and modules. He is an active member of the Council for Hospitality Management Education, the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) and a HEA National Teaching Fellow. 

Darryl's research interests are concerned with critical hospitality studies and the co-construction, delivery and performance of hospitable experiences.  Darryl's PhD is entitled  "Performative Hospitality" and is concerned with identifying the motivations and perceptions of staff in differing food and beverage servicescapes in order to better understand what constitutes the hospitable experience and how this knowledge can be utilised to enable hospitality practitioners to enhance and support the construction and delivery of hospitable experiences.

Darryl's teaching commitments include a wide teaching portfolio across all pathways within the department. Darryl is module leader for Sociology of Tourism, Hospitality and Events and module leader for Conferences, Exhibitions and Corporate Events. Darryl is part of the module team for Culture, Power and Identity, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Events in Context, Social Events and Party Planning, Venue Logistics and Operations, Event Design and Production, Personal Development Planning, Managing People and Organisations and Research Skills.  He is also actively involved in undergraduate Tourism, Hospitality and Events management dissertation supervision.

Darryl is also first year tutor so has pastoral responsibility and academic oversight of the first year events students within the department. 


Research groups

Welsh Centre for Tourism Research

Research interests

Critical Hospitality Studies

Performance and Identify and the delivery of hospitable experiences

Queer Theory and Queer Identity within tourism, hospitality and events

Ethnography, participant observation and qualitative research


Book Chapter ​

Gibbs, D. and Ritchie, C. "Theatre in restaurants: constructing the experience", in Morgan, M., Lugosi, P. and Ritchie, B. (eds), Experience of Tourism and Leisure: Consumer and Management Perspectives, 182–201.​

External Links


Association for Events Management Education

Council for Hospitality Management Education

Institute of Culinary Arts and Science

Critical Hospitality Symposium

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Institute of Hospitality

Peer Reviewer for Annals of Tourism Research, British Food Journal and Hospitality and Society