School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management

ICRETH PhD researcher presents at Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA)

Now in its 7th year, the Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA) hosted its annual conference in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway region of south west Scotland at the Laggan conference and activities centre.

Jason King presents on stage at conference

The conference was well attended with the Sustainable Development Goals acting as an overarching theme for the conference to create critical conversation in the Adventure Tourism and Events sectors.

This conference is regularly attended by academics, practitioners and industry leaders providing an environment for pushing forward ideas and receiving constructive and relevant feedback on research and ideas. As a PhD student, Jason King was able to present his ideas and ongoing research as part of the programme. Jason’s research considers the role of leadership in shaping effective outcomes with in a variety of outdoor events. This was well received with him gaining valuable feedback from leading academics and practitioners, allowing him to further refine his ideas to develop this area of research.

Whilst Jason is only in his first year of a PhD, he was initially nervous at sharing his ideas, but quickly realised that by doing this, he was able to receive a level of feedback from colleagues with many years’ experience to further develop his PhD at this early stage. If you are currently on the PhD journey or an Early Career Researcher, Jason would recommend that start sharing your ideas as early as possible as a way of getting feedback to help illuminate ideas and areas of your research which you may not have considered, or just want a different perspective.

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