PhD Seminar
​Photo by Kari Vainio.

Doctoral Seminar in Tourism and Hospitality – Business Studies, Social Sciences and Geography (3 ECTS)

Type of course: 
The course is targeted to PhD students in business studies, social sciences, and geography, especially to those whose research focuses on the context of tourism, leisure or hospitality.

Duration: 27–30 September 2016, Turku, Finland

Language: English

The purpose of the seminar:
The aim of the doctoral seminar is to help students to manage their research process and also prepare them for the post-doctoral phase. The seminar consists of lectures, covering themes like how to tackle the research process, how to publish during and after the PhD research, and how to possibly combine academic and industry careers.

Most importantly, however, we take time to discuss the students’ individual work in smaller groups that are created based on the research themes and disciplines. The students will get feedback from two experienced tourism researchers (other than the supervisor of the thesis). Each student will determine a topical issue (e.g. a research plan, individual article, theory/method part, introductory essay) for which he/she needs comments and suggestions in order to move forward. In the research sessions, the students present their own work (15 min) and provide comments on another presentation/paper (10–15 min). After this, there will be about 30 minutes for further discussion with the moderators and the audience.

Syllabus: Each student will write and present a paper and serve as an opponent to another student’s paper (see instructions). In addition, a learning diary will be handed in after the conference.

Costs: Course participants are responsible for their own travelling and accommodation costs. The PhD course fee is € 395 and covers the PhD seminar as well as the participation in the 25th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research (including the social programme, but excluding the submission to the Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism). 

Course content and practical issues: Juulia Räikkönen, University of Turku
Business studies: Professor Raija Komppula, University of Eastern Finland
Social sciences: Professor Soile Veijola, University of Lapland
Geography: Professor Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu

Professor Reidar J. Mykletun, Professor Emeritus, University of Stavanger, Norway
Dr. Muchazondida Mkono, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Tom Selänniemi, Director of the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

The course is limited to a maximum of 24 participants. Please enrol by 29 May 2016 by sending a short abstract of the paper to be presented at the seminar by email to Juulia Räikkönen (juulia.raikkonen(a) The abstract (max 500 words) should include the title and author information, the purpose of the study, theoretical underpinnings, methods, and anticipated results. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 5 June 2016. Registration and payment deadline for the doctoral seminar is 19 June 2016. The final papers will be sent to Juulia Räikkönen by 28 August 2016.

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Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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