Allegra Celine Baumann holds a master’s degree in sociology with a focus on urban sociology from Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany. Currently, she is a PhD candidate and a research associate in the Research Training Group KRITIS (Critical Infrastructures) at the same institution. In her PhD research, she focuses on the impact of cruise tourism on technical urban infrastructure systems using as a case study the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. In addition to her PhD, Allegra is working towards her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, working as a lecturer at several universities, and is a freelance journalist for a culture magazine.
Justyna Liro, PhD, is an assistant for the Research Team on Geography of Religion at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University. Her research focus on tourism geography, geography of religion (particularly on contemporary religious tourism), changes in pilgrimage centres, and theories of visitors' motivations and behaviour in the context of the socio-cultural changes in the 20th-21st centuries. Her achievements include more than fifty publications, many speeches at international conferences, and six research projects. She pays special attention to the multi-faceted interactions between space-religious and tourist phenomena by utilizing statistical methods and spatial visualization. Justyna is a co-author of multiple articles and exhibitions on the history of geography. In 2016, she served as an expert at the Krakow City Hall during World Youth Day. In the 2012–2017, she was awarded a scholarship by the Jagiellonian University’s Chancellor and her research institute. She has also had an internship at the University of Padua, Italy and at Charles University, Czech Republic.
Tanya Kewalramani completed her master’s in heritage management from Ahmedabad University. Her master’s dissertation was on measuring sustainable cultural tourism where she attempted to explore sustainable tourism as a catalyst to safeguard indigenous knowledge systems and practices by developing indicators from the grass-root to measure sustainability percentage. She completed her bachelor's degree in commerce with specialization in digital marketing and cultural economics. This mix gives her a holistic approach to understanding heritage tourism with a sensitive, sensible, and sustainable approach. Tanya has worked with various cultural tourism organisations to curate heritage tours and is currently working on the oral history documentation projects.
Arianna Avalle is a second year PhD student in Italian studies pursuing a portfolio in arts management and cultural entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin, United States. She received her bachelor's of business administration in marketing with a minor in European studies from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, in May 2018. Arianna wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on the first novel of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend, analyzing the literary, marketing, and legal aspects of the novel. Her research interests include travel literature, virtual tourism, literary and media induced tourism, and destination marketing.
Ning Niu is doing her PhD research project on culture and tourism at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has been researching and teaching the cross-cultural studies, tourism development and marketing, tourism translation and interpreting in the tertiary education for years, and she has published papers and book chapters both in Chinese and English in these research fields. From 2012 to 2013, she did her research as an academic visitor at Imperial College London, UK.
Carina Mansey is a sociology PhD candidate based in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London. She currently works at the same institution as a visiting lecturer for Cass Business School and as an application advisor for the Careers Service. Carina has also previously taught on a variety of undergraduate social sciences modules. Her current research focuses on the emergence of luxury restaurants in England. Her broader interests include celebrity studies, culinary leisure and tourism practices, media analysis, human figurations, and social theory.
Dr. Jake Eubank is the undergraduate director and assistant professor in the Recreation Education and Therapy Program in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. He received his doctorate of education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his master's of education from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Eubank has held various positions in the field of recreation such as assistant director of aquatics and fitness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and assistant director of aquatics and safety at Indiana State University.
My favorite part of this conference experience was the talking circle. It was interesting to hear the backgrounds and fields of the researchers and professionals present because they gave some some ideas for my own career"
This was my first time chairing sessions, and I think I learned a lot from this. There are a lot of personalities and preferences to navigate and it was good to have experience doing so."