Awards and Recognitions

Barbara has received a number of prestigious grants, awards and prizes in her career.
The most recent one includes the Award of ITT PhD Student of the Year 2013  and the International PhD Student Competition 2013.

Award Journal Paper of the Year Award Second Place 2015
Awarded 2nd Place Best Journal Article of the Year
22nd International ENTER Conference
Lugano, Switzerland, February 2-6, 2015
Award 3rd Best PhD Paper Award 2014
Awarded 3rd Prize Best PhD Paper at PhD Workshop
21st International ENTER Conference
Dublin, Ireland, January 21-24, 2014
Award International PhD Student Competition 2013
Selected as one of the top 15 International PhD Students in Business
Invitation to the Management in the 21st Century Forum
Adelaide, Australia, 11-13 November 2013
Award ITT PhD Student of the Year 2013 Award
Won the Institute of Travel & Tourism PhD Student of the Year 2013 Award
Awarded at the ITT’s Annual Chairman’s Summer Cocktails Party, House of Commons London, UK, 18th July 2013
Award Postgraduate Research Development Fund 2012/13
Won the Bournemouth Uni­ver­sity PGR Development Fund 2013
Funding to overseas research trip and conference attendance
CAUTHE Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2013
Award 2nd Best PhD Paper Award 2012
Awarded 2nd Prize Best PhD Paper at PhD Workshop
19th International ENTER Conference
Helsingborg, Sweden, January 24-27, 2012
Award John Kent Institute in Tourism Studentship 2011
Awarded the three-year funded John Kent Insti­tute in Tourism PhD Schol­ar­ship
Doctoral Project: Technology Enhanced Tourist Experiences
2011–2014

November 2013

Barbara Neuhofer is a winner of the International PhD Student Competition

In November 2013, Barbara Neuhofer, has been selected as one of the winners for the International PhD Student Competition 2013.

The School of Management, University of South Australia hosted 15 of the top PhD students from around the world to participate in a forum on the future of management in the 21st Century in Adelaide, Australia from 11th – 13th November 2013. After receiving 107 entries from 33 countries, 15 winners have been chosen through a rigorous selection process by a panel of academic experts.

Barbara presented her winning paper “The experience economy of the 21st century: Innovation through technology-enhanced tourism experiences” and participated in a stimulating discussion and knowledge exchange with the 15 PhD students in the areas of strategy, operations management, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as HR management and ethics. As a special honour, Barbara was also invited by the Associate Head of the School to give the official thank-you speech on behalf of the winners at the award ceremony.

Barbara reports that the visit to the University of South Australia (UniSA) was a fantastic experience to meet excellent PhD researchers in the field as well as meet and network with academics in the School of Management of UniSA, including Prof Graham Brown, Dr. Sunny Lee, Dr. Aise Kim and Jenny Davis. Participating in the forum has provided an excellent opportunity to not only explore ideas for future collaboration but also strengthen the existing official partnership between UniSA and Bournemouth University.

Barbara Neuhofer Winner International PhD Student Competition 2013

Footnote picture: Barbara Neuhofer, BU eTourismLab, Bournemouth University receiving her certificate from Prof. David Lloyd (Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia) at the award ceremony.

 

July 2013

Barbara Neuhofer is awarded the
ITT PhD Student of the Year Award

On 18th of July 2013, Barbara Neuhofer, was awarded the ITT PhD Student of the Year Award.

Barbara was nominated for Bournemouth University by her supervisor Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, who has worked closely with Barbara in the e-Tourism lab. The award ceremony took place during the ITT’s Annual Chairman’s Summer Cocktails, held at The House of Commons, the UK Parliament. The award was presented by Dame Tessa Jowell MP.

“I feel truly proud and honoured to receive this prestigious award by the Institute of Travel & Tourism. It is a great recognition for my PhD research and I am extremely grateful to Bournemouth University and to all the people who have supported me in my studies, in particular to my supervisor Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis. It was a privilege to celebrate this achievement in such a fantastic location, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It was a truly memorable evening for all of us.”

ITT Summer Cocktails 2013.(In the picture: Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis, Supervisor, Director eTourismLab; Barbara Neuhofer, Bournemouth University PhD Student; Dr Steven Freudmann ITT Chairman – Institute of Travel & Tourism)

November 2012

Barbara Neuhofer is awarded the
Postgraduate Research Development Fund 2012/13

In January 2013, Barbara Neuhofer, is awarded the Postgraduate Research Development Fund 2012/13 from Bournemouth University, UK to attend CAUTHE Conference 2013 in Christchurch, New Zealand and present her paper: Experiences, Co-creation and Technology: A conceptual approach to enhance tourism experiences.

Barbara Neuhofer CAUTHE Conference 2013
Barbara Neuhofer CAUTHE Conference 2013

January 2012

Barbara Neuhofer is awarded 2nd Prize for Best PhD Proposal at ENTER2012

Barbara Neuhofer wins ENTER 2013 PhD Proposal Award

(In the picture: Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis, IFITT President; Barbara Neuhofer, Bournemouth University PhD Student; Dr. Ulrike Gretzel, Chair ENTER 2012 PhD Workshop)

Babara Neuhofer, PhD student at the Bournemouth University eTourism Lab won the 2nd Prize of the PhD Workshop Best Proposal Award at ENTER 2012, held in Helsingborg, Sweden on 24th to 27th January for her proposal entitled “Revisiting the Tourist Experience: An exploration of the essence of the technology-enabled enhanced tourist experience”.

The annual PhD Research Workshop at the ENTER conference was attended by doctoral students from all over the world who are undertaking research in information and communication technology in the tourism industry. The ENTER 2012 conference was run by the International Federation for Information Technology in Travel and Tourism (IFITT), the leading independent global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of ICT in the travel and tourism industry.

Barbara’s research, supervised by Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis and Prof. Adele Ladkin focuses on exploring how technologies can be used to enhance the tourist experience for the tourist throughout all stages, i.e. pre/during/post, of the travel process.

Abstract of the PhD Proposal:

The notion of consumers increasingly striving for experiences constitutes a prevalent concept in today’s experience economy. The significance of experiences in both tourism research and practice has been acknowledged by literature in the past. However, given the recent impact of technology on tourist experiences, there is evidence for a prevailing insufficient understanding of the experience in a technology-mediated context. Considering that the changing nature of the tourist experience needs to be understood in order to create and deliver competitive experiences in the future, a revision of the concept is indispensable. Based on this rationale, the doctoral research aims to explore how technologies can be used to enhance the tourist experience for the tourist throughout all stages, i.e. pre/during/post, of the travel process. Theoretical contribution in terms of developing a holistic framework to understand and measure the Technology Enhanced Tourist Experience by adopting a mixed methods approach will be provided.

For further information on Barbara’s research project.

View Barbara’s Research Poster: ENTER 2012_Poster Presentation_Barbara Neuhofer.

For further information on ENTER2012 see: http://www.ifitt.org/congresses/website/enter2012/Home_page.

 

October 2011

Barbara Neuhofer is awarded PhD Studentship at John Kent Institute in Tourism, Bournemouth University

In October, 2011, Babara Neuhofer, is awarded the prestigious John Kent Institute in Tourism  PhD Studentship to undertake a three-year fully funded doctoral research project. The topic of her project is: “Technology Enhanced Tourist Experiences: A holistic exploration of how tourist experiences can be enhanced by technology”

About the John Kent Institute in Tourism (JKIT):

The centre was established in November 2009 through a gift made to the University by one of the world’s leading tourism entrepreneurs, John Kent. This new BU-based Institute has already awarded four PhD Studentships in tourism research in 2010, and will fund further places over the next three years.

For further information on the JKIT see: http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/johnkent/index.html

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