Professor Dorina-Maria Buda
About Professor Dorina-Maria Buda
Professor of Tourism Management Dorina-Maria Buda conducts interdisciplinary research with a particular focus on the interconnections between tourist spaces, people and emotions in times and places of socio-political conflict. In this respect she was awarded a number of individual research funds amongst which the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship [€585,000] in 2013, and an interdisciplinary four-year VENI grant [€250,000] from the NWO/Dutch Scientific Organisation for Research in 2015. Throughout her academic career she also received research funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Romanian National Service for Studies and Scholarships Abroad (ONBSS), and University of Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand, amongst others.
Dorina-Maria is the author of Affective Tourism: Dark Routes in Conflict, Routledge 2015. In this research monograph she offers a new way of theorising tourism encounters bringing together, critically examining and expanding three areas of scholarship: tourism, emotional and affective geographies, and conflict & peace studies. It has relevance for the tourism sector in places of on-going socio-political turmoil as it provides in-depth analyses of the interconnections between tourism, emotions and conflict. Such understandings can lead to more socio-culturally and politically sustainable approaches to planning, development and management of tourism.
Designing and teaching a module titled Passions of Tourism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands earned Dorina-Maria a Teaching Excellence Fellowship in October 2015.
She is also a founding alumni of the Young Academy of Groningen having served as Deputy Chair for the Diversity & Internationalisation portfolio.
Dorina-Maria’s pedagogical philosophy revolves around the nexus between research, teaching, and service. Engaging in research-led education allows students to tackle issues facing business and society, now and into the future. Her teaching and supervision experience spans over 10 years in five countries, Romania, China, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Dorina-Maria has taught undergraduate and postgraduates courses such as Touring Places – Placing Tourism; Social Construction of Tourism & Tourists; Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality; Tourism Management (University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand); Introduction to Tourism Management; Introduction to Research; Qualitative Research (Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands); Passions of Tourism (Honours College, University of Groningen, the Netherlands).
Dorina-Maria supervises PhD researchers, and Master students on topics such as critical tourism studies; tourism geographies; tourism and hospitality management; dark tourism; emotions, feelings and affects; conflict and peace studies. Some titles of Doctoral and Masters theses supervised in the last 3 years:
- 'Leisure-led Regional Development: A Complexity Perspective on Fryslân
- The Affects and Effects of Nuclear Tourism between Chernobyl and Fukushima
- “Representing 'Middle Eastern' conflicts in National Geographic Magazine”
- Peace Tourism at a Dark Site: Emotional Experiences in Hiroshima
- Living with Holocaust Tourism: Locals’ Emotions in Hooghalen and Westerbork, the Netherlands.
- ‘Dark’ meanings at the Holocaust Monument in Leeuwarden, northern Netherlands.
Academic Leadership, Mentoring & Management Roles 2014 - Present
- Deputy Chair, Young Academy of Groningen, University of Groningen (2016 – 2017)
- Founder & Chair of TOREN - Tourism Research Network Northern Netherlands (2014 – 2017)
- Member: Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (2014 – 2017);
- Member: Research Advisory Group, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (2014 – 2017);
Dorina-Maria’s research interests have been driven by a passion for emotions and identities in tourism places and times of socio-political conflicts, as well as by ethnographic work and qualitative methodologies.