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4th Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2019 – call for papers


4th Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2019

 Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

14th – 15th May 2019

 Following the success of the past three editions and in response to participant feedback, the Tourism Research Network is happy to announce the 4th TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium to be hosted by the Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University.  

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: Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May, 2019

Where: Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

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 Friday 15th February 2019. Please use this embedded abstract submission form.


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 – Tuesday 14th May, 2019
08.30 – 09.00 Registration desk open
09.00 – 11.00 Presentations
11.00 – 11.30 Elevenses
11.30 – 13.00 Workshop 1
13.00 – 14.30 Networking Buffet Lunch
14.30 – 15.30 Presentations
15.30 – 17.00 Workshop 2
19.00 – 21.30 Symposium Buffet Dinner
Day 2 – Wednesday 15th May, 2019
08.30 – 09.00 Registration desk open
09.00 – 10.30 Workshop 3
10.30 – 11.30 Presentations
11.30 – 12.30 Workshop 4
12.30 – 14.00 Networking Buffet Lunch
14.00 Departures



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4th TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium – save the date

We are very excited to announce that the 4th Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium will be held at the Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK from Tuesday 14th to Wednesday 15th May, 2019.

More details and a call for papers will be announced very soon.

We look forward to seeing you there…

Save the Date - 4th TouRNet PhD-ECR Symposium

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Early-copy programme outline draft: 2nd TouRNet PhD/ECR Symposium, Wednesday 26th April, 2017

2nd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR Symposium 2017

Wednesday 26th April, 2017

David Chiddick Building, University of Lincoln

Empowering the next generation of tourism scholars

Early-Copy Draft Programme Outline

Time Activity
0830 – 0945 Arrivals/Registration (with tea, coffee and pastries)
0945 – 1000  Welcome/Introduction to the day
1000 – 1130 Workshop I – The PhD Journey

Workshop II – Planning for an academic career

1130 – 12.30 Student Presentations I
12.30 – 1400 Buffet Networking Lunch
1400 – 1515 Student Presentations II
1515 – 1615 Workshop III – How to get published and keep publishing
1615 – 1630 Tea & Coffee Break
1630 – 1730 Workshop IV– Preparing for academic job interviews and surviving the first (associate) lectureship position
1730 onwards Drinks at the Student Union Bar







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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 : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-published-in-tourism-academic-journals-tickets-16626537421

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: tourismresearchnetwork@gmail.com or check out our facebook page.