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

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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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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Training Workshop: Getting Published in (Tourism) Academic Journals

Getting Published in (Tourism) Academic Journals

Thursday 14th May, 2015  2.30 – 5.00pm

Conference Room, ICOSS, University of Sheffield

During this workshop, we will be opening up the ‘black box’ of turning your PhD research into journal articles. The focus of this workshop will be on two main themes, the first of which deals with how to develop and present your PhD-based research or final thesis into a format that is appropriate for journal publication. The second theme will deal with the mechanics and practical procedure of getting published – what journals are looking for, the peer review process, responding to reviewers’ comments and the publication process. Prof. Rhodri Thomas (Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events) will provide the editor’s perspective on how to get published. This workshop will de-mystify the process of getting published and help PhD students and early career researchers to identify which aspects of their PhD-based research can make a good journal article.

For more details and to register :

There will be a sandwich buffet at the end so please register in advance to help with planning.

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Official Launch TouRNet!

Group Picture

The TouRNet Inaugural Meeting took place on Monday 25th November, 2014 at the University of Sheffield and was well attended looking at the size of what is a young network. There are currently about 50 researchers on TouRNet’s mailing list out of which 22 signed up to attend the inaugural meeting of the network.

A brief welcome address by Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong (founder of the network) was followed by a round of introductions. A short presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Carnegie from the Management School, University of Sheffield engendered a lively discussion about the state of tourism studies as an academic discipline. There was also a discussion about the cutting edge research themes and topics in the tourism field. A key observation from these discussion was the fact that a number of academics do still not consider tourism studies to be a  ‘serious’ academic discipline and so tend to discourage their students from undertaking research that touches on tourism. This was considered to be a share by all members at the meeting who were of the view that tourism studies has matured as an academic discipline and the ubiquitous nature of the tourism phenomenon demands that academics take notice.

The most important point of the evening was the discussions and deliberations on the future of TouRNet. Members shared their suggestions and expectations regarding how we could move the network forward. The goal of this session was to have a set of ideas and an agenda with which to structure the development of the network in a way that met the needs and expectations of members. At the end of a very interesting discussion period, the list of ideas on what to do next for TouRNet began to take full form. The ideas ranged from: organising workshops that are tied to postgraduate training; building a network with local and international tourism organisations (UNESCO, UNWTO, Tourism Concern etc) to offer training programmes; collaborating with other research networks; sharing information within the network with regards to conferences, workshops and vacancies that might be of interest; organising conferences for postgraduates; organising symposiums, lectures/talks that are based on key themes in tourism as well as working towards increased collaboration between the three White Rose Doctoral Training Centre universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

In all, the TouRNet inaugural meeting was a successful one that we look to build on going forward. As a practical first step, we have set up a members’ database where each one can enter their details so others can contact them when they need their expertise. To join the network or database, please send an email to: or check out our facebook page.

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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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