Dr Chelsea Harfield

Dr Chelsea Harfield

Department of Marketing
Lecturer in Marketing
Deputy Director of Undergraduate Business Management with Marketing Programmes

Contact details

Room 156, University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chelsea Harfield is a Teaching Fellow in Marketing at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this post, she completed her doctorate at Warwick Business School and occupied various account management posts in the hospitality, automotive and sports marketing sector.

Her main research interests surround issues related to consumer behaviour in tourism and service settings. She researches the marketing, presentation and interaction with Authenticity and Narrative Transportation at heritage sites. She is also interested in the role of sponsored content on social media, brand perceptions and trust, sponsorship and co-branding in sports partnerships, and consumer engagement. She delivers lectures and manages modules on Strategic Brand Management and Marketing communications.


PhD, Warwick Business School (2017)

MA, Tourism Business Administration, Birmingham University (2010)

BA (Hons), Tourism and Business Management, Birmingham University (2007)


For the last 10 years, Chelsea has been studying, researching, or working with business. During her studies and work experience she was drawn by the concept of consumer behaviour and how service settings impact in the interactions.

Intrigued by the topic, Chelsea pursued a relevant PhD from the Department of Marketing at Warwick Business School. Her thesis examined consumer interaction with, and perceptions of Authenticity and Narrative Transportation in heritage tourism settings and the resulting implications on engagement and evaluation. 


Marketing Communications

Strategic Brand Management


Research interests:

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Authenticity
  • Narrative Transportation
  • Tourism/Heritage Tourism