Iride Azara is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the University of Derby and has taught courses in Tourism Management; International Hospitality Management; Events Management and International Spa Management. Her research is on host and guest relationships; cultural change and tourism performance within socially and spatially regulated spaces of encounter. She is particularly interested in changing dynamics of cultural practices such as heritage, festivals and cultural tourism within sensitive environments. Additionally and in conjunction with the move of the Faculty to the Spa Town of Buxton, she has been teaching and researching in the areas of Spa Tourism, Wellness and Well-being. She has published in a variety of books and journals including Tourism Planning and Development. She is a reviewer for The European Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) and a reviewer for the International Management Research Academy (IMRA). She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Tourism Futures. She is leading the development of the International Spa and Wellness Journal (forthcoming).