Centers & Institutes
Research & Opportunities

Open events, thought leadership, student engagement and industry news.

About Our Centers & Institutes

The School of Hotel Administration’s Centers & Institutes provide a hub for students, faculty, and industry leaders to connect. Access to industry relevant research, internship opportunities, and a calendar of sponsored events can be found below.

Centers & Institutes

The School of Hotel Administration has created six centers and institutes designed to promote industry growth and enrich the educational curriculum by providing opportunities for students to put their learning into practice and to work directly with our corporate members.

Center for Hospitality Research

Established in 1992, CHR is a source for quality research on and for the hospitality industry.

Center for Real Estate and Finance

The center, established in 2009, educates students, supports research, and exchanges information about hospitality real estate and finance with a broad set of audiences.

Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations

CIHLER, launched in 2013, provides a platform for students, employers, unions, and their advocates who seek to understand and to improve labor and employment relations within the hospitality industry.

Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management

CIFBM aims to advance the food and beverage industry with teaching, research, and engagement. CIFBM is aligned with SHA’s focus on the hospitality industry, yet closely tied to the Business of Food interdisciplinary theme across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

CIHF, jointly established in 2015 by SHA and the College of Human Ecology, provides a multi-disciplinary platform for integrating the fields of hospitality, policy, and design to advance service excellence in healthcare, wellness, senior living, and related industries.

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Opened in 2006, the Pillsbury Institute supports the teaming of faculty with accomplished entrepreneurs to give students the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Research Publications

The Centers and Institutes offer a wide variety of accessible publications on topics that are relevant to the hospitality industry and each Center’s or Institute’s individual mission. All publications are written with a practitioner audience in mind and aim to provide actionable guidance on issues facing the industry. All publications are available at no cost.

CHR Research: A Holistic Focus on the Hospitality Industry

The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) publications cover a broad range of topics and are written by faculty researchers at the School of Hotel Administration and elsewhere, with a goal of answering specific questions facing the hospitality industry as a whole. Established in 1992, the CHR has nearly two decades of publications available for download. CHR Scholarly Commons, CHR research page

CIHLER Research: A Focus on Hospitality Labor and Employment

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) publications present in-depth analyses and conceptual approaches to labor and employment issues that affect the hospitality industry. Papers are contributed by a wide range of industry and academic experts, who share their first hand observations and legal analysis. CIHLER Scholarly Commons, CIHLER research page

CIHF Research:  A Focus on Integrating Hospitality, Health, and Design

The Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures publication collection includes videos, reports, and roundtable highlights focused on enhancing service excellence in healthcare, wellness, senior living, and related industries.

CREF Research: A Focus Real Estate and Finance

The Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF) publications are the foremost resource for hospitality real estate and finance research. CREF is widely known in the real estate investment and finance community for its Real Estate Market Indices, a quarterly publication of return indices that has filled an information gap for real estate owners, investors, and stakeholders. CREF Scholarly Commons, CREF research page

PIHE Research: A Focus on Roundtable Highlights

The Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) organizes several industry roundtable events each year to bring together entrepreneurs, practitioners, faculty members and students to examine industry issues and trends through the lens of research findings. Roundtable highlights provide an in-depth look at each event’s discussions, findings, and suggested outcomes. PIHE Scholarly Commons page, PIHE research page

Full Catalogue of Publications

The full catalogue and a searchable database of nearly two decades of publications, can be found in the School of Hotel Administration’s Scholarly Commons digital repository.

Submit a Manuscript

To submit a manuscript for publication, click the button above and select “Centers and Institutes, Hospitality Publications” from the publication list dropdown menu. All submitted manuscripts must meet the submission guidelines outlined below. Authors are strongly encouraged to engage an outside copy editor for assistance prior to submission. Manuscripts that do not meet formatting and content standards will not be accepted.

Submission Guidelines


Sponsored by the Centers & Institutes in the School of Hotel Administration, the C&I Internship Program provides students opportunities to gain practical experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, healthcare, food & beverage management, research, real estate finance, labor and employment relations, and other hospitality focus areas.

If you are a current student or a participating C&I advisory board member company, use the drop downs below to learn more and get started!

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in the news

Centers & Institutes featured in the media and other Cornell news publications

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September 25, 2020

Noteworthy: SHA Career Management and Centers & Institutes reinstate internship program

The C&I Internship Program helps students find internships in the hospitality industry.

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September 23, 2020

Welcome to the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship Virtual Kick-Off Event!

The Pillsbury Kick-off event allows budding entrepreneurs an overview of hospitality related programs and competitions available.

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September 10, 2020

Indoor dining returns to New York, but is it too late for some places?

Professor Alex Susskind discusses just how important the restaurant industry is for New York City as a whole.

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Upcoming events

Calendar event listings for Centers & Institutes and events featuring Board Members