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revenue management; service marketing; hospitality; pricing; field experiment; consumer decision making

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I am a Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Business and Law (part-time appointment). I am also the Research Lead for the Marketing Subject Group and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Marketing (3 ABS).

My research, teaching, and industry specialisms are in the field of service marketing and hospitality management. 

I have published and reviewed widely for top journals in my field, such as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Retailing, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Service Research (4* and 4 ABS journals in Marketing). 

I now sit on the Editorial Boards of Tourism Management (4 ABS), Journal of Travel Research (4 ABS), Journal of Business Research (3 ABS), International Journal of Hospitality Management (3 ABS), and Journal of Services Marketing (2 ABS). I am also one of the Associate Editors of Annals of Tourism Research (4 ABS).

I enjoy supervising Ph.D. students and early career researchers who aspire to an academic career and have a passion for research. The outcome of such collaborations (i.e., where Ph.D. students are first authors) has appeared in journals like the Journal of Interactive Marketing, the Journal of Advertising and Industrial Marketing Management (3 ABS journals).

I am the Academic Lead of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Fresh Relevance, a B2B company focusing on artificial intelligence in Marketing (total value of the bid £ 221.875). I have also participated in projects financed by the European Commission on food science.


I obtained my first PhD in Applied Statistics for Business from the University of Turin (Italy, 2012). I have then moved to Spain and got a second PhD in Marketing from the University Pompeu Fabra (2015).

After working as a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University (UK), I was initially appointed as a Reader at the University of Portsmouth in 2017 and became a Professor and the Research Lead for the Marketing Subject Group thereafter.

Currently, the Marketing group has 50 outputs of either world leading or internationally excellent quality (4 or 3 ABS), with a jump of 13 positions in rankings (The Complete University Guide) since 2016.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the areas of pricing, consumer decision-making, and online reputation. Methodologically, I enjoy both quantitative studies and conducting field experiments. My approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on economics, management, and psychology.

My current research interests include:

  • The reasons behind the success of the so-called “sharing economy”
  • New participative pricing mechanisms
  • The impact of dynamic price variability on revenue maximisation
  • Understanding decision making processes in retailing and consumer services
  • Behavioural pricing in marketing

I am interested in supervising new doctoral students doing work close to the above-indicated areas.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach marketing analytics and marketing strategy at PG level. I also lead units on research methods at PhD level. I have contributed to the development of new international agreements in Italy and in Spain, including Ramon Llull University and Università della Valle d'Aosta.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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