The Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group of The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) PhD Colloquium.

*Deadline for abstract submission extended to 18th of May*

‘Current Issues and (Im)possible Solutions: an interdisciplinary dialogue in tourism and leisure’

What: The Colloquium aims to offer opportunities to:-

  • meet other PhD students
  • create wider academic networks amongst peers
  • present your research in a relaxed and supportive environment
  • discuss research issues with experienced academics and other up-and-coming researchers
  • establish research priorities for tourism and leisure research
  • reflect on your future professional development  through a series of workshops

Who: PhD research students, at any stage of their research.

When: Thursday, 6th – Friday 7th September 2012

Where: University of Surrey, Guildford Campus, UK

Cost: £80 includes:

  • all refreshments and lunch on both days of the conference
  • drinks reception on Thursday evening

Optional conference dinner on Thursday night at a local pub at delegate’s own expense. Accommodation is available at a cost of £34 per night in halls of residence (incl. breakfast).

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Prof Allan Williams  currently holds a Chair in Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Surrey. His expertise  lies with the  relationships between economic development and mobility, innovation and risk. He is particularly interested in the relationship between tourism and migration, retirement migration, return migration, tourism innovation, and the role of risk in mobility.

Prof Andrew Holden holds the chair in Environment and Tourism at the University of Bedfordshire. He has considerable experience in the areas of sustainable tourism development, the use of tourism in poverty reduction, climate change and tourism and environmental ethics.

Dr Graham Miller is Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, where his main research interest is in the forces that enable and prevent the drive towards a more sustainable tourism industry.

Dr Caroline Scarles  is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. Her main research interests lie in the areas of sustainable tourism, ethics, visuals and visualities in tourism, as well as materiality and consumption.

Dr Jan Mosedale  is a  Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland.  Dr Mosedale is primarily concerned with analysing the constitution of the economy as multiple forms of economic practices across space. This involves research on the capitalist structures of the economy as  well as non-capitalist forms of economic exchanges.

Colloquium Background

Through its links with the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary dialogue around the wider aspects of the conference theme and to provide an opportunity for contemporary, tourism and leisure related research issues to be explored. The conference theme provides a platform for many exciting and critical topics that call for discussion where students from all disciplines which locate tourism and/or leisure within its boundaries are welcomed.

The colloquium will be hosted by the University of Surrey Tourism Research Centre (STRC) with the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM). STRC and SHTM not  only foster inter-disciplinary and creative research pursuits, but the SHTM also holds  the number 1 ranking for tourism education in the UK, and is ranked 5th on a global scale for its teaching and research capabilities within the tourism and hospitality disciplines. Combined with the support of the RGS-IBG’s Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG), this colloquium promises to provide an engaging and thought-provoking forum with those at the forefront of tourism, leisure and hospitality research.

Author Guidelines

To make the conference as interactive and informative as possible for all participants, we have three different types of sessions to enable participation on a number of levels.

Paper presentations: Participants will present their research in a paper session, where each participant will be given 15 minutes to present their research, and respond to any questions.

Research conversations: Sessions will be offered where participants can discuss and constructively critique theirs and others’ work in a relaxed environment. Depending on your research area, you will be divided into small groups and given 1 hour to discuss current themes and issues. Following this, there will be half an hour for each group to present a summary of their discussion to everyone.

Workshops and panel discussion: In addition to the paper sessions and research conversations, there will be workshops providing students an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers to questions related but not limited to, starting a career in academia or research consultancy, as well as general research advice. These sessions will be open to all accepted authors, and provide an opportunity for researchers to seek advice from experienced academics. Proposed workshop topics include:

  • Life after a PhD
  • An academic career after your PhD
  • The changing landscape of Higher
  • Education in the UK
  • Taking your PhD into the industry
  • Making the most of your PhD
  • Women in academia
  • Working overseas with your PhD

To tailor this conference to your needs, we encourage you to make suggestions regarding which topics you would be most interested in and welcome any suggestions for other workshop topics. This can be done at the time of submitting your abstract on the website.
Moreover, on the first evening of the conference delegates will have the unique opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on aspects of publishing in academic as well as non-academic outlets with well-known academics in an informal pub setting.

Abstract submission

To submit your abstract for consideration at this conference, please visit

Places are limited to 40, so please make sure to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The deadline for submission is 18th May, 2012.