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

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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.

Speakers

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:

Workshops

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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Official Launch TouRNet!

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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.