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The Institute for Hospitality & Tourism Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management was established to connect with industry and enhance our reputation beyond education and skill focused training, our focus has been to work with industry partners to conduct applied research projects that provide our students with opportunities to learn and grow.

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Behind the Study takes an up close and personal look at researchers at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management and beyond. Listeners can get a glimpse of different researchers' backgrounds and experiences that have led them to where they are now. Each episode will feature a different researcher speaking about their interests, influences, and ideas.

Season 1 of Behind the Study is hosted by HTMRyerson student Brian Riback and features interviews with Julie Roberston, Wayne Smith, Daniel Guttentag, Tom Griffin, Walter Jamieson, and Sonya Graci. Keep an eye out for new episodes being released throughout this Fall 2020 semester!

Research Areas

Research affiliates at the Institute for Hospitality & Tourism Research have a vast array of expertise. The following are some areas that have been or currently are the focus of major projects. 


The concept of sustainability has been applied to research studies involving boutique hotels, New Zealand wine tourism, festivals, and even farmers markets. Current research is being conducted by Dr. Rachel Dodds on Sustainable Development Goal integration into tourism policy.

Consumer & Organizational Behaviour in Restaurants

Behaviour in the Food & Beverage industry on both the consumer and supply side is of interest to a number of research affiliates. In particular, Dr. Julie Kellershohn focuses on away-from-home dining, food decisions and technology, and restaurant trends. Dr. Rick Oh recently published an article about team-member exchange within restaurant servers.

Strategic Management

Strategic management research has been applied to topics from e-procurement to virtual reality and everything in between. More recently, Dr. Frederic Dimanche, has published research internationally on developing Russia's tourism workforce and reconfiguring tourism networks at a French winter sports resort.

Indigenous Tourism

Dr. Sonya Graci, the Director of the Institute for Hospitality & Tourism Research, has focused many of her research efforts on the Canadian Indigenous tourism sector and has secured a number of grants for her work. Current and upcoming research projects will explore knowledge mobilizaton, entrepreneurship, and social innovation.


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