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2nd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2017 – call for abstracts

2nd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2017

Wednesday 26th April, 2017

Empowering the next generation of tourism scholars

 Following a successful first edition, the Tourism Research Network is happy to announce the 2nd TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium hosted by the University of Lincoln. Check this link to get a flavour of what happened last year Flashback: TouRNet Symposium 2016

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 (max. 5 years post-PhD)

When: Wednesday 26th April, 2017

Where: David Chaddick Building, University of Lincoln, UK

Cost: £25 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 ( with a copy to   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. Priority for presentation will be given to 3rd/4th/5th year PhD students over 2nd years over 1st years. The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday 28th February, 2017. Please include a short bio stating your year of study.


We will also 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 the 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 (20 minutes) followed by the opportunity for attendees to ask questions leading to an interactive discussion on a range of issues. There will be four workshops throughout the day on the following topics:

  • Getting published in academic journals
  • Planning for an academic career
  • Research impact (REF), the Stern Review and the future of research
  • Preparing for academic job interviews/Surviving the first lectureship post

Paper presentations

Participants with accepted papers will present their research in a paper session. Each presenter will be allotted 15 minutes to present their work and respond to any queries.



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The value of blogging

….should you keep a blog while doing a PhD?

DoctoralWriting SIG

By Mary-Helen Ward, who recently completed a PhD on students’ experiences while doing a PhD in Australia. Mary-Helen works in eLearning and Learning Space management at the University of Sydney.

When I enrolled in my PhD, in 2005, blogs were very popular. There were even ‘blog evangelists’, who would tell you that blogs were the best way to do a range of things, from promoting your business to getting undergraduates and even school students to express themselves. I’d always just thought of them as a useful way to record what was happening in your life, but academics were starting to write about blogging as a useful way to both develop ideas and to share them internationally. There was Axel Bruns and Joanne Jacobs’ 2006 book Uses of Blogs, Stephen Downes’ blog and articles (eg 2004), Toril Mortenson and Jill Walker’s 2002 book chapter that was reproduced and…

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connecting chapters/chapter introductions

…good helpful tips to help in the process of writing


Writing a thesis, or indeed an academic book, means constructing an extended argument. One common problem in writing a very long text is that it’s not hard in 80,000 to 100,000 words for the reader to get lost in between chapters – they aren’t sure of the connection of one to the other and of how they work together to advance the case being made, move by move. And sometimes the writer can get lost too! That’s because chapters are often written in a different order to the order in which they are read, and sometimes they are written at very different times. Of course, sometimes the text is written straight through. But whatever the circumstances, it’s easy for both reader and writer to get lost in the overall argument because there is just soooo much detail to cover.

Here is one way to address the getting lost problem and…

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