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Registration Open: 3rd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2018

We are happy to announce that the registration for the 3rd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2018 is now open.

You can register through this link http://store.shu.ac.uk/product‐catalogue/students/sheffield‐business‐school/sbs‐student‐events/3rdtourism‐research‐network‐phdecr‐symposium‐2018


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 (Please use this link to register)



Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Resource Persons

downloadDr. Fiona Jordan is the Associate Dean (Strategic Partnerships) for the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of West England (UWE Bristol), UK. She is responsible for providing overall academic leadership for international, national, regional and local partnerships. She is an active researcher and has published in the subject fields of Leisure and Tourism. Management. She has worked on a number of transnational education and research projects and recently has been active in developing the relationship between UWE and a range of events organisations, festival and community groups and charities in Bristol and the South West region. Her most recent research projects have involved working with festivals such as Glastonbury evaluating sustainability initiatives.

kayDr. Kay Guccione is a Mentoring & Coaching Consultant based as the University of Sheffield, UK. She designs mentoring and coaching programmes, partnering researchers and academic staff with mentors to aid academic development. She uses her own research into the doctoral and postdoctoral experience to ensure programmes fit with the current researcher career landscape and works regularly with alumni mentors as part of a strong approach to alt-ac and post-ac careers for PhD graduates. Kay’s recent funded research projects include a study into trust development as a marker of quality in doctoral supervision relationships, and an investigation into self-leadership and personal agency in gaining research independence. Kay is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and teaches the principles and practices of mentoring and coaching through MA and supervisor development programmes. She edits both the Think Ahead blog and the Trust Me supervision blog.

albert-e1516258421813Dr. Albert Kimbu is a Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey where he has been since September, 2010.  He completed his PhD in Tourism at Nottingham Trent University where he also worked as a Lecturer in Tourism and International Business Communication/Environment. His main research interests are in the areas of social and women entrepreneurship in hospitality and tourism, stakeholder networks and sustainability in tourism policy and planning in developing countries. He has (co)authored several papers on these topics.

sharpley 1Prof. Richard Sharpley is a Professor of Tourism and Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. In addition to (co-) authoring a number of articles and books on a diverse range of topics, he is a co-editor of the Tourism Planning and Development journal (published by Taylor and Francis). His principal research interests are within the fields of tourism and development, island tourism, rural tourism and the sociology of tourism.


aaronDr. Aaron Yankholmes is a Lecturer in Events & Leisure at Bournemouth University, UK. He taught in Macao for a couple of years, first at the Macao University of Science and Technology and more recently at the internationally recognized and UNWTO accredited Institute for Tourism Studies. He has wide-ranging research interests in leisure and tourism management and is book review editor for the Journal of Heritage Tourism.


dr_Nicola_PalmerDr. Nicola Palmer is Head of Doctoral Training at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and sits on the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Doctoral Steering Group. Nicola gained her PhD in 1999 and has been supervising doctoral students since 2002. She won a SHU Inspirational Research Supervisor award in 2014 and was nominated as a SHU Inspirational Woman in 2016. She supervises and examines PhD and DBA students in areas relating to her research interests and has examined 17 doctorates to date and has supervised 14 doctoral students to completion. She is a member of the editorial board for the Asian Journal of Tourism Research, is an active international conference board member, and her publications include: an edited book; book chapters; international refereed journal articles; and blog posts. Nicola has been involved in EU-funded tourism initiatives and has managed over £250,000 worth of consultancy projects in visitor economy, regeneration, education and training.  She is a Trustee for a landmark sculpture project as well as a Writing Mentor for a children’s literacy charity.


image003Prof. Peter Schofield is Professor of Tourism and Services Management at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include consumer decision making and behaviour, destination and events marketing, and services management. He is a founder member of the International Academy of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, has published extensively in, and reviews for, a range of international journals and has supervised 18 PhD candidates through to completion. His research and consultancy has generated over £750,000 to date, including RCUK, Charles Forte Foundation and Regional Development Agency funding. The findings have informed government, DMO and hotel management strategies in relation to tourism development, destination marketing and customer services management.


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.