Last updated April 16, 2024


  • PhD in Sociology (Google Scholar Profile)
  • Taught as a university lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK), University of Bath (UK), and Hanguk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea)
  • Worked as a researcher at the University of Exeter (UK)
  • 10+ years working in Management Roles including for Cardiff University (UK)
  • Certificate in ‘Introduction to Post Compulsory Education Teaching & Training’ (PCET) from from Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Education & Social Policy.
  • Working in education for 20+ years.

I also have a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management & Economics from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. (Valeria’s Author page).

I have lived in the UK for over 20 years with my husband, but I was brought up in Sicily, Italy. I am fascinated by education and love designing training course materials courseware on soft skills and for leadership and management.

Valeria has a PhD (Google Scholar Profile) in the social sciences from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK and has taught and worked as a researcher with the:

  • University of Bath, UK
  • University of Exeter. UK
  • and Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Valeria has also taught at

  • Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea

She also has a Master’s in Tourism Management and Economics from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy.

Before her PhD, Valeria’s experience included several years as a supervisor with Ofsted in Bristol, UK, and +5 years working as a manager for Cardiff University in an administration role.

Academic Publications

Journal articles

Non-academic Press

Conference Papers

  • Wayfinding on Cruise Ships: A Complex Activity in Tourism Practice. –  Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 1st September 2017.
  • Is VoIP a Feasible Tool for Dance Research? Use of Skype for Qualitative Interviews on Dance as Transcultural Heritage. – DanceHE Symposium, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, 7th April 2016.
  • Can video-sharing sites be valid platforms to archive, share, and re-live dance as heritage? The case of Egyptian Raqs sharqi. – Digital Echoes, Coventry University, Coventry, 4th March 2016.
  • Can online videos be powerful tools to curate dance as a form of cultural heritage? The case of Egyptian Raqs sharqi. – Presented at PopMoves, University of Roehampton, London, 24th October 2015.
  • How do we protect living cultural heritage? – Presented at Breaking Boundaries, Cardiff University, Cardiff, 23rd April 2015.


  • Best Student Poster at Cardiff Metropolitan University Symposium, 5th May 2016.
  • Best Presentation Prize at Cardiff University Breaking Boundaries conference, 23rd April 2015.

Teaching and Research Experience

  • Co-owner of Symonds Research, offering training course materials including on equality and diversity and employee training.
  • January 2019 – April 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK, Department of Education. The research project was a systematic literature review on high school religious education teachers’ epistemologies.
  • February 2017 – July 2018: Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, UK, teaching sociology of tourism, leisure, and sport, and supervising students’ dissertations.
  • ­Visiting Lecturer for the ‘Sporting Bodies and Social Identities’ master course in Cardiff Metropolitan University, on the topics of sociology, heritage, and identity and qualitative research methods.
  • Guest lecturer in the School of Dance at Cardiff Metropolitan University, in the module of Analytical and Contextual Studies on the topic of Hybridism and Authenticity in Dance.
  • Delivered lectures at Cardiff Metropolitan University in qualitative research methods, including using online videos to curate and analyze dance as a form of cultural heritage and qualitative interviews using Skype.
  • Hourly paid lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, teaching research methods and sociological research at undergraduate and master level.
  • Lecturer of Italian language and culture at Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, (Seoul, South Korea).
  • Teaching Egyptian-style belly dance classes in Cardiff, UK, for many years. I have taught groups of up to 30 people, one-to-one classes, workshops, and hen party groups.


Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Dance and Cultural Heritage at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
  • Master in Tourism Management and Economics from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Italy).
  • First class honors degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage from Universita’ degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy).
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