This site serves as a platform for researchers working in the broad field of tourism at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

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Call for papers – 3rd Tourism Research Network PhD/ECR 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 (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. 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)



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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 :

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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Welcome to the TouRNet!

The Tourism Research Network (TouRNet) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty network for PhD/ MA students and researchers working on issues related to tourism at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield & York.

The purpose of the network is to create an intellectual and social platform for these researchers to share ideas and build links within the broad field of tourism.

TouRNet aims to

  • Raise important issues, enable researchers to share ideas
  • Build links, develop collaborations
  • Organise seminars, discussions, workshops, training sessions
  • Provide social and networking opportunities

If you have any questions, suggestions or remarks feel free to contact us by sending an email

You can follow us on Facebook: and Twitter: @TouRNet_WRDTC.

Many thanks to the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre for supporting the development of this network. For more information on the White Rose DTC go to