Dr Claudia Melis

Liverpool Business School

Dr. Claudia Melis completed her Ph.D in Tourism Hospitality and Events at the University of Sunderland. Prior to joining Liverpool John Moores University she was employed at the University of Bedfordshire and served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Cagliari. She holds a Master degree in Business and administration and in Management of cultural, environmental and touristic resources from the University of Cagliari (Italy).

Claudia Melis is a Senior Lecturer at LJMU for the BA (Hons) Events Management and Tourism Management undergraduate degree programme and for the MSc in International Tourism Management. She has supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Her research interests are in cultural and heritage representations and the intersections with tourism and events; tourism/events policy, politics and power; festivals experience (with particular focus on performance and embodiment); World Intangible Cultural Heritage; the links between festivals, community and identity; events social impacts; conceptual/theoretical research, Foucauldian and Deleuzian frameworks and methodologies.




2018, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, Ph.D
University of Cagliari, Italy, MSc Business and Administration
University of Cagliari, Italy, MSc in Management of cultural, environmental and touristic resources
University of Cagliari, Italy, BSc in Business and Economics

Academic appointments

Lecturer, Tourism Hospitality and Events, University of Bedfordshire, 2019 - 2018
Research student and graduate research assistant, Faculty of economics, University of Cagliari, 2012 - present


Houlden N, Royce M, Al Khateeb A, Melis C. 2022. Don’t be a sage, get off the stage: the evolving role of the business educator Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Melis C, Wise N, Badurina JD. 2022. Geo-political complexities of governmentality and Balkanism: Deconstructing UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage discourses Political Geography, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Melis C, Chambers D. 2021. The construction of intangible cultural heritage: A Foucauldian critique Annals of Tourism Research, 89 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Wise NA, Melis C, Jimura T. 2020. Liverpool’s Urban Imaginary: The Beatles and Tourism Fanscapes The Journal of Popular Culture, 52 :1433-1450 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Giudici E, Melis C, Dessì S, Francine Pollnow Galvao Ramos B. 2013. Is intangible cultural heritage able to promote sustainability in tourism? Mi Dahlgaard Park S. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, 5 :101-114 DOI Publisher Url


Melis C. 2020. City on Fire: Deterritorialisation and Becoming at Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival Urban Book Series :111-123 DOI Publisher Url

Conference presentation:

Sailing WITH the relict of Ship Galeb: a rhizomatic reading of Post-war heritage, CTS (Critical Tourism Studies), Menorca, Balearic Islands, Oral. 2022

Revitalizing the Barter, the Case of Sardex. Net, 9th AIS Conference, Italian chapter, Rome, Oral presentation. 2019

Exploring performative and pre-discursive dimensions of ICH heritage. A Deleuzian account., Sunderland Research Symposium, University of Sunderland, Oral presentation. 2019

Interrogating Discourses of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Insights from Scotland, VII CTS Conference Palma de Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca, Oral presentation. 2017

Representations of Intangible cultural Heritage and the Implications for tourism, Sunderland Research Conference 2017, University of Sunderland, Poster presentation. 2017

Representation of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Discourses from Scotland and Sardinia, Sunderland Tourism Research Symposium, University of Sunderland, Oral presentation. 2017

Representations of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Implications for Tourism, ATHE Conference Ph.D. Colloquium, Oxford, Oral presentation. 2015

A new challenge for teachers: looking for teaching tools to interact with today’s virtual students., AOM Academy of Management, Annual Meeting 2013, Orlando, Florida, Workshop organizer. 2015

Using the power of spiritual and religious words to create a sustainable and responsible world, AOM Academy of Management Annual meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsilvanya, Workshop organizer. 2014

Exploring Existential Authenticity in Sardinias’ Mamuthones and Issohadores Carnival, 14th WCTA Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia, Oral presentation. 2013

The Cultural Tourism Research Trend. Where Are We Going, UIB Congress-Tribute to Jafar Jafari conference, Palma de Mallorca, Oral presentation. 2013

Branding Sardinia’s Holy Week, 4th DBM International Conference, Cardiff, Oral presentation. 2012

Is Intangible Cultural Heritage Able to promote Sustainability In Tourism?, QMOD Conference, Poznan, Poland, Oral presentation. 2012

Exploring the Effectiveness of Web Advertising via Greenwald and Leavitt Involvement Model, AIS Conference, Italian Chapter, Rome, Oral presentation. 2011