Dr Philip Gibson

Dr Philip Gibson

Visiting Research Fellow

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning
Fellow of the Centre for Professional Placement Learning
Module leader BSc Hospitality and Cruise Management and MSc Tourism and Hospitality programmes.


FIH, CertEd, MEd, PhD.

Philip has extensive service industry management experience in hotels, in-flight catering, cruise ships, ferry travel and licensed retail. He has considerable lecturing experience in a range of subjects.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality
Vice-Chair Cruise Research Society

Roles on external bodies

2007-8 Member of the Maritime Hospitality Management Steering Group Merchant Navy Training Board



Teaching interests

The Cruise Industry. Global issues for Hospitality and Tourism. Qualitative research. Strategic Management for Hospitality. Service Quality for Hospitality and Tourism. Licensed Retail.

Staff serving as external examiners

2007 onwards: Fd Culinary Arts Westminster Kingsway LSBU



Research interests

The cruise industry,

Case studies for the Cruise Industry,

Work placement and the Cruise Industry,

Situated learning,

The circumstantial curriculum: an integrated theory of learning as applied to vocational contexts,

Strategic Management: Hospitality, pricing and the Internet.

Grants & contracts

2008 £6,000 funded research project ' Students’ experiences of international placement: an e-support approach' Philip Gibson & Graham Busby awarded by CEPPL CETL   

2009 £4875 Teaching Fellowship with Dr Wai Mun Lim ‘co-create value with business enterprises via curriculum development’ for the hospitality curriculum.

2010 £1000 – extension to the CEPPL project: ‘Cruise Management, work experience and employability’.




Gibson, P. (2003). Learning, culture, curriculum and college: a social anthropology. Unpublished PhD, University of Exeter, Exeter.

Gibson, P. (2003, 23 - 24 April). Using case studies to examine complex research questions. Paper presented at the 12th Annual CHME Hospitality Research Conference, Novotel, Sheffield.

Gibson, P. (2003). Vocational learning and curriculum: the student perspective. Paper presented at the 2003 Eurochrie Congress, Bad Honnef, Bonn.

Gibson, P. (2004). Life and learning in further education: constructing the circumstantial curriculum. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 28(3), 333-345.

Gibson, P. (2005). Communities of practice: employment on cruise ships. Paper presented at the CHME Research Conference, Bournemouth.

Gibson, P. (2006, October 2006). Cruise communities: constructivism and internships. Paper presented at the 24th EUROCHRIE Congress, Thessaloniki.

Gibson, P. (2006). Cruise Operations Management. Burlington: Butterworth Heinemann.

Gibson, P., & Bentley, M. (2006). A study of impacts -cruise tourism and the South West of England. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 20(3/4).

Gibson, P. (2008). Cruising in the 21st century: Who works while others play? International Journal of Hospitality Management, 27(1), 42-52.

Gibson, P. (2008). Developments in United Kingdom maritime hospitality management: career pathways, progression and national qualifications - presented on behalf of the Merchant Navy Training Board. Paper presented at the 1st International Cruise Conference, Bremerhaven.

Gibson, P. (2009). Review Chin, C. B. N.: Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea. Journal of Tourism Consumption, 1(1), 86.

Gibson, P. (2009). Credible careers: tomorrow's cruise hotel managers. World Journal of Tourism, Leisure and Sport, 3(1), 11-19.

Gibson, P. (2009). Developments in UK maritime hospitality management. In A. Papathanassis (Ed.), Cruise Sector Growth: Managing Emerging Markets, Human Resources, Processes and Systems (pp. 95). Wiesbaden: Springer. ISBM 978-3-8349-1944-1

Gibson, P. (2009). Students’ experiences of international placement: an e-support approach. Paper presented at the Work-Based Learning Conference., University of Plymouth.

Gibson, P., & Busby, G. (2009). Experiencing work: supporting the undergraduate hospitality, tourism and cruise management student on an overseas work placement. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 61(4), 467-480.

Gibson, P., & Pappathanssis, A. (2009). Opportunities and Challenges: The 1st International Cruise Conference Bremerhaven, Germany. Journal of Tourism Consumption, 1(1).

Gibson, P., & Turner, D. M. (2009). Catering on cruise ships. Essential FM Reports, 4-7.

Gibson, P. (2010). Cruise management interns: developing a support model. Paper presented at the 2nd International Cruise Conference, University of Plymouth, 18-20 February 2010.

Gibson, P., Papathanassis, A, Milde, P. Eds. (2011) Cruise industry challenges: making progress in an uncertain world, Wiesbaden: Springer (forthcoming, July 2011). ISBN to follow.

Gibson, P. and Walters, C. (2011). ‘Human Resources at Sea’. In Vogel M, Papathanassis A, Wolber B (Eds.). The Business & Management of Ocean Cruises. Routledge: London. ISBN 978-1-84593-762-1.

Gibson, P. and Watson, J. (2011). e2c: maximising electronic resources for cruise recruitment, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 18, 57–65.

Gibson, P. (2011). Cruise hotel managers – evolution of the species, Paper to be presented at the 3rd International Cruise Conference 16-18 May 2011 University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Gibson, P. and Di Dino, F. (2011) Cruise customer perspectives – analysing feedback systems, Paper to be presented at the 3rd International Cruise Conference 16-18 May 2011 University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Gibson, P. and Thicks, E. (2011) Generation Y and the cruise industry – are they bothered? Paper to be presented at the 3rd International Cruise Conference 16-18 May 2011 University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Gibson, P., & di Dino, F. (2012). Customer feedback sustems on cruise ships. In T. Lukovic & A. Papathanassis (Eds.), ICC3 Proceedings (forthcoming). Wiesbaden: Gabler.

Gibson, P. (2012). Cruise Operations Management: Hospitality Perspectives (2 Ed), London: Taylor and Francis, ISBN-13: 9780415699532.

Gibson, P. (2013). Cruise Hotel Managers: Evolution of the Species In T. Lukovic & A. Papathanassis (Eds.),Cruise Tourism and Society (pp. 193-204): Springer.

Gibson, P. (2013). Cruise and Ferry. In F. Okumus (Ed.), Introduction to Hospitality: Welcome to Hospitality Experience.

Gibson, P. (2013). The Provision and Management of Food and Beverage on Cruise Ships. In P. Szende (Ed.), Hospitality Management Competency Based Instructional Modules. Boston: Pearson.

Gibson, P. (2013). Cruise hotel managers – evolution of the species In T. Lukovic & A. Papathanassis (Eds.), Proceedings ICC3. Wiesbaden: Gabler.

Gibson, P. (2013). Hospitality's got talent: investigating best practices. Paper presented at the Eurochrie Conference 2013, Freiburg, Germany.

Gibson, P. (2014). The Sea Factor: who's got talent. Paper presented at the 5th International Cruise Conference, Bremerhaven, Germany.



Reports & invited lectures

Gibson, P. And Nell, J. (2003) ‘Professional Development and Hotel Services on Cruise Ships’ Cruise and Ferry Conference May 2003, (un-refereed paper).

Gibson, P. (2007). Resource guide in cruise management. from http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/hlst/documents/resource_guides/cruise_management_resguide.pdf

Gibson, P. (2007). Understanding the Norovirus: a guide for managers. Institute of Hospitality Management Guides.

Visiting Lecturer: University of Applied Science Bremerhaven (2007)

Visting Lecturer: University of West Indies (Barbados) (2008/9)

Conferences organised

2nd International Cruise Conference, University of Plymouth 18th to 20th Feb 2010.