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Research interests

Tijana is an internationally established interdisciplinary scholar whose research projects, publications and interests predominantly lie within the themes of visual research methods; world heritage, tourism and national identity; tourism, leisure and art; tourism impacts; marketing semiotics and representations of places, cultures and identities in promotional materials and popular media. 

Her PhD, which she completed in 2009, focused on the relationships between World Heritage, tourism and national identity at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. In addition to a range of other publications, a number of which stem from her PhD, Tijana has also co-edited several book length publications including An Introduction to Visual Research Methods in Tourism (2012, with D. Chambers), Narratives of Travel and Tourism (2012, with J. Tivers), Travel, Tourism and Art (2013, with J-A. Lester), Tourism Research Frontiers (2015, with D. Chambers) and two journal special issues Gender and Tourism (2018, with D. Chambers) and Visual Methods in Event Studies (forthcoming in 2019, with T. Pernecky). Inspired by the power of visual and creative research outputs in reaching audiences beyond the academic, Tijana has also produced two academic documentaries: Visiting the Athenian Acropolis (2008, PhD film) and Of Holidays and Olives (2006, with Y. Karagiannakis), both of which have been shown at film festivals, public screenings and used for teaching in a number of countries. 

Approach to teaching

Through a reliance on an interactive teaching style, a wide range of different teaching materials and an emphasis on linkages between the theories and case studies covered and students' own interests, prior knowledge and future career plans, Tijana aims to inspire students' own curiosity about the topics covered in class. In addition, she also places an emphasis on research-informed teaching and wherever possible incorporates research insights from her own current and past research projects. 

Tijana currently leads the postgraduate programmes in tourism, hospitality, events, and sport and international development as well as teaches on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate tourism, marketing and events modules.

Supervisory Interests

Tijana is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner in the tourism, marketing and events fields of studies and welcomes informal enquiries from potential PhD applicants who are interested in topics related to her research interests, projects and publications.

These include but are not limited to the PhD research project ideas which propose to rely on visual and creative qualitative research methods and/or are related to the themes of world heritage, tourism and national identity; tourism, leisure and art; tourism impacts; marketing semiotics and representations of places, cultures and identities in promotional materials and popular media. 

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