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3rd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2018: call for papers


Empowering the next generation of tourism scholars

3rd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2018

 Stoddart Building, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

 26th-27th April, 2018

Following the success of the past two editions and in response to participant feedback, the Tourism Research Network is happy to announce the 3rd TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium to be hosted by the Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. Check these links to get a flavour of what happened in the last editions in TouRNet Symposium 2016 and TouRNet Symposium 2017

What: This Symposium is a gathering of PhD students and Early Career Researchers in tourism, leisure, events and hospitality which aims to offer opportunities to:

  • Discuss and reflect on future professional development through a series of workshops
  • Present research
  • Meet and network with other PhD students, ECRs and established academics

Who: PhD research students at any stage of their research and Early Career Researchers

When: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April, 2018

Where: Stoddart Building, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Cost: £40 per person (Registration details will follow soon)

If you are interested in presenting your research at this symposium, please send abstracts (250-350 words) to Emmanuel Adu-Ampong (e.adu-ampong@shu.ac.uk) with a copy to tourismresearchnetwork@gmail.com   Abstracts are accepted on any topic in tourism/leisure/events/hospitality in general but must be based on ongoing/completed PhD research/thesis/dissertation. Spaces are limited and abstracts are reviewed and accepted on a first come first served basis. The deadline for abstracts is Wednesday 31st January, 2018. Please include a short bio stating your year of study.


We will have an exciting and engaging line-up of speakers to lead the workshops – keep an eye out for updates and announcements!

Symposium Format

The activities for this symposium are designed to ensure that each day is as interactive and informative as possible for all attendees.  The main sessions on the day will be:


Experienced academics will give a short presentation followed by break-out small group discussions and the opportunity for attendees to ask questions leading to an interactive discussion on a range of issues. There will be four workshops over the course of the 2 days on the following topics:

  • The PhD Journey: hacking your travel through the academy
  • How to get published and keep publishing
  • Alt-ac Careers: Planning for a successful career outside academia
  • The academic marketplace: surviving and thriving in the first (associate) lectureship position
  • Time for reflection and writing

Paper presentations

Participants with accepted papers will present their research in a paper session. The plan is to have all presentations in a plenary session rather than parallel sessions. This means that each presenter has a room full of listeners. Each presenter will be allotted 15 minutes to present their work and respond to any queries.

Provisional programme outline

Day 1 – Thursday 26th April, 2018

12.00 Registration desk open
12.00 – 14.00 Networking Buffet Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Workshop 1
15.30 – 16.00 Tea and Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Student Presentations
17.30 Drinks and informal dinner

Day 2 – Friday 27th April, 2018

08.30 – 09.30 Registration desk open
09.30 – 10.30 Workshop 2
10.30 – 11.30 Student Presentations
11.30 – 12.30 Workshop 3
12.30 – 14.00 Networking Buffet Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Student Presentations
15.00 – 16.30 Workshop 4
16.30 Closing tea and coffee
(Drinks and informal dinner afterwards)