Dimitri Lera

Academic Lecturer
Edge Hotel School
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology and Criminology
 Dimitri Lera
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    JT.12B, Colchester Campus



Multi-award-winning Dimitri has received an Excellence in Education Award from the University of Essex for successfully embedding sustainability practices into the curriculum, and Platinum award in the Social Enterprise category at the Greengage Sustainability Awards. Dimitri's ambition to teach and his passion for hospitality led him to take up the position of lecturer at the Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex. Dimitri has successfully applied for a doctorate in the Sociology department at Essex. He takes part in charity endurance sport events and is participating in the PBP bike ride (Paris Brest Pari) later this year. He is also a polyglot, comfortable with most Western European languages. Dimitri is an alumnus of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. When he was 27 he oversaw the opening of the first ever river cruise ship operating in Italy, as hotel manager. At 30 he was deputy hotel director on award-winning Silversea’s Silver Shadow cruise ship in the USA. "My passion for hospitality stems from an innate curiosity for different cultures and a love for food, which originates from Italy’s rich regional culture." His professional experiences range from restaurant manager to food and beverage manager, deputy hotel director to hotel manager. Having gained professional experiences abroad, in several European cities as well as the USA and Eastern Europe, Dimitri settled in London where he was managing a well-established restaurant. Some of the clientele included royalties, acclaimed artists and musicians, renown politicians, and industry leading entrepreneurs.


  • PhD researcher University of Essex, (2026)

  • Master Sociology & Management University of Essex, (2018)

  • Post Graduate Certificate Education MFL LondonMet, (2017)

  • BA (Hons) Edge Hotel School University of Essex, (2015)

  • BA (Assoc.) École Hôtelière de Lausanne, (1997)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

‘Supporting Sustainable Employability Skills'

Invited presentation, Panellist at EGEI16 A Greener Conference 2024, 27/2/2024

‘Empowering future Hospitality & Events professionals for a more sustainable industry: Mainstreaming Education for Sustainability in Higher Education ’

Invited presentation, European School of Sustainability Science and Research - World Symposium PhD Research, 26/9/2023

Embedding sustainability into Hospitality and Events Education

Advance HE - Teaching and Learning Conference 2022, Flagship three-day conference attracting HE practitioners involved in all aspects of HE teaching and learning from the UK and overseas., 7/7/2022

Engaging with an experiential learning approach towards the development of future leaders of the Hospitality and Events industry

Emerging Research Network, london, United Kingdom, 21/7/2021

The 'multiplier effect': Embedding the SDG for transformational sustainable education.

5th Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) Conference, The fierce urgency of now: Navigating paradoxes in sustainability education, Canterbury, United Kingdom, 21/5/2020

A model that solves the conflict between delivering theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students of events management

Association for Events Management Education (AEME), Hatfield, United Kingdom, 3/7/2019

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Food and Beverage Management (EG123)

  • Hotel Operations 2 (EG202)

  • Hotel Operations 3 (EG204)

  • Sustainability in Events and Hospitality (EG221)

  • Food and Beverage Management (EG400)

  • Food and Beverage Management (EG403)

  • Food, Beverage and Accommodation Management for the International Hospitality Industry (EG707)


Book chapters (1)

Lera, D., (2019). Food Sales. In: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Raising Hotel Profitability. Routledge. 1000690563. 9781000690569

Other (2)

Lera, D., (2018).Does the use of cognates equally benefit a varied pupil demographic?

Lera, D., (2017).Are Hotels’ Green Claims just ‘Greenwash’?

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