A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.
Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.
To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."
Justyna Liro, PhD, is an assistant in 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, theories visitors' motivations and behaviour in the context of the socio-cultural changes in the 20th-21st c. The achievements include more than 50 publications, speeches at international conferences, and six research projects. She pays special attention to the multi-faceted interactions between space-religious and tourist phenomena with statistical methods and spatial visualization. Currently, she conducts a research grant financed (National Science Center, Poland) on the place perception, self-perception, experiences, and satisfaction in religious tourism in the context of contemporary socio-cultural changes. She is a co-author of articles and exhibitions on the history of geography.
Ekaterina Shebanova holds a bachelors in international relations (2016) and a masters in international relations (2018), both from Voronezh State University, Russia. She also holds a masters in tourism product development (2018) from the University of Girona, Spain. Ekaterina is currently a PhD student in the Department of Business, Management and Product Design, Faculty of Tourism, at the University of Girona, Spain. She is also an assistant professor in the Organizational Networks and Innovation in Tourism Research Group. Her research interests include: the intersection of mobilities, migration, and tourism studies; new forms of tourism; lifestyle migration and lifestyle mobilities.
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.
Caitlin Graaf is a tourism-for-development researcher and consultant focused on social and economic equity in southern African protected areas. Caitlin holds a BA in environmental management from the University of South Africa, a certificate in sustainable business strategy from Harvard Business School Online, and an MA in tourism, environment & development from King's College London where she was awarded the "Departmental Prize for Best Graduating MA/MSc Student in the 2018/19 Academic Year" for her research titled "Inequality in South Africa's politicised wilderness: Are government-led skills programmes shifting the power base or bolstering the status quo?"
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 an application advisor for the Careers Service and at King’s College London as a social theory facilitator. 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 theorisation.
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 third 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.
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.
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."