Ian Elsmore

Dr Ian Elsmore

Senior Lecturer


Ian joined Sheffield Hallam in 2008 after completing his doctorate at the University of Sheffield's Department of Town and Regional Planning. His thesis examined the application of Actor-Network Theory as a method of investigating the redevelopment of the historic built environment. This was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship awarded through open competition that illustrated how Actor-Network Theory could be utilised to understand the complex issues involved in adaption historic buildings for hospitality use. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Ian had been part of a major research project at Sheffield University collecting and processing data from the national funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland concerning the allocation of European funding. This research was commissioned by the Director General of the European Commission. Before studying for his doctorate, Ian has worked at the University of Bath Business School as part of a team examining management practices in the European automotive industry, particularly issues concerned with achieving effective build to order. This research was part of one of the world's largest academic/industrial collaborations, the International Motor Vehicle Project, commissioned and directed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a Senior Lecturer in the Hospitality subject group, he teaches in the areas of Research Methods, Small Business Management and Human Resource Management. Since joining the group, Ian has also been the dissertation leader for Postgraduate courses in Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Food at the Sheffield Business School. Research/Consultancy Interests: Ian's research interests lies in gaining an understanding of the relationship between the physical and the social. In particular the way that this relationship determines not only how space is created, but also the manner in which space is subsequently used. He is actively engaged in collaboration with staff from Nottingham Trent University, pursuing research connected with the use of buildings for Hospitality and Sustainable Development. Ian sits of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and currently supervises a number of doctoral students and would welcome applications for doctoral study that fit with his research interests.



  • 2010: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2009: PhD Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
  • 2004: MA Planning Research, University of Sheffield
  • 1999: BA Business Studies, Staffordshire University

UG External Examiner


  • 2016: , University of Surrey
  • 2014: , University of Teeside, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School


2008 to 2016: Module Leader Research Methods , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Journal articles

Ashmore-Pascua, C., & Elsmore, I. (2023). Assessing Placement Students Perceptions of University Support Through the Critical Incident Technique. The Student Journal of Service Sector Management Research, 1 (2). https://studentjournals.shu.ac.uk/index.php/SJSSM/article/view/143

Moss, J., Whalley, P., & Elsmore, I. (2019). Phenomenological psychology & descriptive experience sampling: a new approach to exploring music festival experience. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 1-19. http://doi.org/10.1080/19407963.2019.1702627

Conference papers

Graham, D., Elsmore, I., & Shevchenko, O. (2023). Hope through ‘HOTS’: Providing international support toa Ukraine university using the Hotel Operations Tacticsand Strategy (HOTS) simulation platform. In Matteucci, X., & Katelieva, M. (Eds.) EuroCHRIE Vienna 2023 - Changing Realities, New Opportunities, Vienna, 3 October 2023 - 6 October 2023 (pp. 111-118). EuroCHRIE: https://eurochrie.org/2023/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/EuroCHRIE_2023_PROCEEDINGS.pdf

Book chapters

Egan, H., Elsmore, I., & Egan, D. (2022). Café Tribes: A Typology of Café Customers. In Global Strategic Management in the Service Industry: A Perspective of the New Era. Emerald

Egan, H., Elsmore, I., & Egan, D. (2022). Café Tribes: A Typology of Café Customers. In Global Strategic Management in the Service Industry: A Perspective of the New Era. Emerald

Whalley, P., & Elsmore, I. (2018). Theories of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Development and Sustainability. In Brown, B. (Ed.) Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development in Botswana: A Handbook for Tourism Education.


Elsmore, I., & Gibbeson, C. (2023). Future of Historic Houses 2023.


Graham, D., & Elsmore, I. (2023). Hope through HOTS; Providing International Support to a Ukrainian University through Hotel Operations Tactics and Strategy Gaming Simulation. Presented at: Developing Digital Pedagogies and Practice, Sheffield

Elsmore, I., Cooper, R., & McCarthy, K. (2022). Off Road and Riding Towards Recovery: Covid 19 and the UK Gravel Bike Event Industry. Presented at: THE INC, Cypress

Elsmore, I., & Egan, D. (2021). The hospitable city an investigation into Manchester's night-time economy. Presented at: CHME 2021

Elsmore, I., & Egan, D. (2021). The hospitable city an investigation into Manchester's night-time economy. Presented at: CHME 2021

Elsmore, I., & Chen, W. (2021). A study on the impacts of alternative delivery models on hospitality postgraduate students in the Department of Service Sector Management at Sheffield Hallam University. Presented at: CHME 2021, Virtual, 2021

Graham, D., & Elsmore, I. (2021). Exploratory Study Using Participant Sketch Drawings to Elicit Understanding of the New Demands of Open Kitchens on Chefs. Presented at: Council for Hospitality Management, Sheffield

Elsmore, I., Deakin, E., & Egan, D. (2019). Creating Hospitality Experiences in Former Industrial Buildings: A Case Study of 3 Coffee Houses. Presented at: CHME, Greenwich

Elsmore, I. (2015). Homage at the Tour of Flanders – the creation of place identity through cycling?

Elsmore, I. (2013). Actor Network Theory as a tool to understand the sustainable use of the historic built environment for the provision of commercial hospitality property.

Elsmore, I. (2013). Joint Paper.

Elsmore, I. (2012). Making Space Hospitable: Understanding the Complexities of Reusing the Historic Built Environment for Hospitality.

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions

  • 2012:PhD supervison (3 students)

Completed supervisions

  • 2012:Phd Supervision (1 student)

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