How does CHME support high-quality, impactful hospitality research?

Annual CHME Research Conference: 

Our annual research conference promotes excellence in research, scholarship and teaching and learning in hospitality, tourism, events and leisure. This conference has been hosted over the past 20 years by the major providers of hospitality education and research in UK universities. Recent hosts include:

2014 University of Derby, Buxton
2015 Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2016 Ulster University, Belfast
2017 University of Northern Denmark, Aalborg
2018 Bournemouth University, Bournemouth
2019 University of Greenwich, London
2021 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
2022 Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh

Colleagues from universities and colleges within and outside of the UK are encouraged to submit proposals to host future conferences.

If you are interested in hosting a future event, please complete the CHME Conference Proposal form and send it to the CHME Coordinator, Stephanie Jameson for consideration by the executive committee.

CHME Doctoral Webinars: 

We strongly believe in nurturing tomorrow’s talent and we have created a series of webinars to support researchers’ development

For a playlist of all our doctoral webinars to date click here.

Research Networking Opportunities:

We have established a LinkedIn group to enable doctoral researchers to network. To visit the group please click here.

Membership of Research Bodies:

Academy of Social Sciences (

Supporting Knowledge Transfer and Research Activities:

Through its higher education membership network, CHME offers a range of knowledge transfer and research activities for the hospitality sector. If you have a business problem, an organisational development need, if you wish to commission a study or would like to collaborate in research, CHME can inform you of its members’ services and direct you to a member institution local to you that may be able to assist. Examples of major CHME member activities are given below.

CASE Studentships

Designed to promote research collaboration between industry and academia. Can be used to investigate current "hot" topics and to develop projects of common interest.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The UK’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within universities and colleges.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are based on a collaborative agreement between your company (the company partner) and the academic institute (knowledge base partner), enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your company develop. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide resources and expertise to thriving organisations that wish to innovate, expand or improve their performance.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can help your company:

  • find an innovative solution to help your business grow;
  • increase your competitive advantage;
  • access qualified people to spearhead new projects;
  • access experts who can help take your business forward.

Small and Medium Enterprise Support

Some universities provide financial support to fund projects that support businesses working with a higher education institution, to establish a long-term relationship. A CHME member will listen to your research needs and advise on how best it can be met through one or more of its university members.

Continuous Professional Development

CHME membership organisations offer a wide range of continuous professional development courses to support the hospitality, tourism, events and leisure retailing sectors. CHME will listen to your needs and advise on the provider most closely fitting your requirements.


CHME has worked with several organisations on international and national research and consultancy projects. In the completion of these projects, CHME members have worked in a consortium that has involved member institutions bringing their specialist strengths and expertise to particular research areas. Clients have particularly benefited from being able to access a very diverse range of expertise and from the extensive research resources available to members. Past clients include:

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England;
  • UK hospitality;
  • Joint Hospitality Industry Congress;
  • People 1st;
  • Higher Education Academy.

Research Reports:

We have been commissioned a number of reports which aim to inform decisions about the future of hospitality education and research provision to government, industry and academia. These include:

2015    ‘Challenges in Hospitality Management Education’, commissioned by the UK's Higher Education Academy. A freely accessible version of the paper based on the study can be found here.

2005    ‘Identifying Current Research on Skills: A Literature Review’, commissioned by People 1st.

2001    ‘Getting Ahead: Graduate Careers in the Hospitality Industry’, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council – England.

2000    ‘Benefits and Costs Analysis: Exploring the Impact of Training on Hospitality Business Performance’, commissioned by the Hospitality Training Foundation.

1999    ‘Costs and Benefits Analysis: the Impact of Training on Hospitality Business Performance, commissioned by Hospitality Training Foundation budget.

1998    ‘Review of Hospitality Management Education’, Bristol: Higher Education Funding Council England, commissioned by Higher Education Funding Council – England.

1997    ‘In the World of Hospitality – Anything they can do, we can do better’, commissioned by the Joint Hospitality Industry Congress.

CHME has also commissioned several reports, including:

2020    ‘The Future of Hospitality Management Education’, conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, was commissioned in conjunction with the Institute of Hospitality. The report is available exclusively to CHME members.

2011    ‘Review of Hospitality Management Education ’, conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

2009    ‘Review of Hospitality Management Education ’, conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

2008    ‘A Review of Hospitality Management Education in the UK’, conducted by Sheffield Hallam University.

2006    ‘A Review of Hospitality Management Education in the UK’, conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

2005    ‘A Review of Hospitality Management Education in the UK’, conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

Official Responses on Research-Related Matters:

CHME has provided advice and evidence to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on areas of tourism policy, the Economic and Social Research Council on research funding, and to HEFCE on the Research Assessment Exercise and the Research Excellence Framework.

We have also advised the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) regarding their Journal Quality Guide, with specific reference to the indexing and ranking of Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Leisure and Sports Journals.

CHME journal partners:

Hospitality and Society - is sponsored by CHME and access is provided to member institutions and individual members.

Tourism and Hospitality Research (THR) a Sage Journal- is an official journal partner of CHME.


International Journal of Spa and Wellness - is an official journal partner of CHME.

We also recommend the following journals in our area:

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Journal of Hospitality Leisure Sports and Tourism Education (JoHLSTE)
International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights
Services Industries Journal
Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development
British Food Journal
Cornell Hospitality Quarterly (Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Administration Quarterly)
International  Hospitality Review
Food and Foodways
Research in Hospitality Management

Links with hospitality conferences and other events that often host hospitality-related themes:

British Academy of Management: