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2nd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2017: speakers confirmed

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We are happy to announce the confirmation of the following speakers at the 2nd TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium.


 nancy-stevensonDr. Nancy Stevenson is the International Director for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, UK and combines this with teaching and research in tourism and events. She originally qualified and worked as a town planner for over a decade on conservation, regeneration and development control projects in Australia and three London Boroughs (Islington, Hackney and Kensington). Her main research interests and activities are focused on cultural events and regeneration; tourism policy, planning and development; and tourism experiences and recently undertook research (funded by the IOC and British Academy) into the Cultural Olympiad and the Legacies of the 2012 Games.


adele-ladkinProfessor Adele Ladkin is Professor of Tourism Employment at Bournemouth University. Here career has included Lectureships in Tourism at the Universities of Brighton and the University of Surrey, and Associate Dean in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was joint Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Tourism Research from 2003-2009, and she serves on the Editorial Board for Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Economics, The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, ACTA Turistica, the Journal of Convention and Event Management and the International Journal of Event Management. She is an Honorary Professor at the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.


scott-cohenDr Scott Cohen is a Reader in Tourism Management and is Head of the Department of Tourism and Events in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. He also serves as the School’s Deputy Director of Research. He has been awarded as “Researcher of the Year” by his Faculty at the University of Surrey (2015), as an “Emerging Scholar of Distinction” by the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (2013) and was co-recipient of the Journal of Travel Research’s “Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award” (2015). He serves as a Resource Editor in Sociology for Annals of Tourism Research, as an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Travel Research, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of China Tourism Research, Anatolia and The Service Industries Journal, and as an ad hoc reviewer for over 30 different journals.


agnieszkaDr. Agnieszka Rydzik is a Senior Lecturer at the Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln. Prior to this, she was at the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she obtained her PhD. In her interdisciplinary doctoral study, underpinned by visual and participatory methodologies, she explored the employment experiences, trajectories and identities of Central and Eastern European female migrants working in tourism. She is currently coordinating RSA-funded research network on migration as well as conducting research on the experiences of part-time workers in tourism. Before joining academia, she worked for AVANZA Tourism and Socio-Cultural Consultancy, organising tourism events and conferences as well as participating in establishing an NGO promoting rural tourism and sustainability. Her research focuses on equality and discrimination at work, with a particular interest in gender, migration and part-time work. She is interested in mobilities, tourism as work as well as visual and participatory methodologies.


david-charlesProfessor David Charles is Director of Research, Deputy Head of College and professor of innovation and strategic management in Lincoln International Business School.  David started his career as an economic geographer with an interest in the location of R&D and innovative activities, and was for many years a researcher in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University, before taking up the David Goldman Chair of Business Innovation in the Business School there. In Newcastle University Business School he was director of research and alternate head of school for three years then director of a faculty research institute for policy and practice. He also established a new research centre on Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE).  He moved from Newcastle to Curtin University in Perth, Australia where he was dean of research in the Business faculty before moving to Strathclyde where he was professor of regional economic development and policy at the European Policies Research Centre.


We are still accepting abstracts for those who would like to present. Details are here

Deadline is Tuesday 28th February, 2017



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