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Overview

After receiving a double bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Relations at Kirikkale University in Turkey, Elif won a competitive scholarship from the Turkish government to fund graduate studies in the UK. Elif earned an MSc in International Tourism Management in 2016 from the University of Exeter, and recently completed a PhD at the same university.

Courses

  • Tourism and Hospitality Business Strategy
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Introduction to Dining Operations
  • Academic English Communications
  • Heritage Tourism and International Hospitality
  • Hotel and Restaurant Design

Areas of expertise

  • Tourism Management
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Socio-cognitive Mindfulness Theory
  • Nature-based Tourism

Research interests

  • Visitor-environment relations
  • Socio-cognitive theory of mindfulness in tourism studies

Conferences, Talks, and Speaking Engagements

Paper Presentations

  • “The Role of Mindfulness in Connecting Visitors to Landscapes and Wildlife Conservation,” Tourism
  • Naturally Conference: Tourism, Transformational Experiences, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability in and around Protected Areas, University of Derby (Buxton, United Kingdom), 4-6 June 2019
  • “The Role of Mindfulness in Connecting Visitors to Landscapes and Wildlife Conservation,” Departmental Tourism Conference, Department of Management, University of Exeter (Exeter, United Kingdom), 18 October 2018

Poster Presentations

  • “The Role of Mindfulness in Connecting Visitors to Landscapes and Wildlife Conservation,” Postgraduate Research Showcase, University of Exeter (Exeter, United Kingdom), 22 May 2019