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Dr Nan Chen
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Nan Chen

Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Nan Chen received her doctoral degree from Griffith University, Australia, where she also worked as a sessional tutor. Before pursuing the PhD study, Nan obtained a Master degree from University of Gothenburg, Sweden and then worked as an Exhibition planner & coordinator in Shanghai. Nan’s postgraduate research was focused on sport event tourism and destination marketing.

Nan worked as an Assistant Professor at Surrey International Institute, Dongbei University of Finance & Economics after obtaining her PhD degree. In 2014, she joined the SHTM as a postdoctoral fellow. After that, Nan went to UK and worked as a Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. She re-joined the SHTM as a research fellow in 2018. Nan also holds a double BA degree (in Chinese language and literature) and a MA degree (in classical Chinese philology).

Nan’s research foci have been event tourism and destination marketing, tourist-host relationships, leisure consumer behaviour, and tourism studies from socio-psychological or psychological perspectives. She has obtained two GRF grants as a Co-investigator, collaborating with Chair Professor Cathy Hsu. Her research has been published in top-tier tourism and hospitality journals.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Griffith University, Australia)
  • MSc (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • MA (Hubei University, China)
  • BBM (Hubei University, China)

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certified Hospitality Educator

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Tourism Management

Research Interests

  • Host-tourist Interactions
  • Emotional Experience
  • Resident Sentiment
  • Tourist Stereotypes
  • Event Tourism & Destination Marketing

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