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Sept 2020 Entry



School of Hotel and Tourism Management

Doctor of Philosophy

Introduction

Close to 2,000 students are enrolled in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM). With more than 75 academics drawing from 22 countries and regions, the School ranks among the top hotel and tourism schools in the world, exemplifying our motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism. Our internationally renowned faculty creates a multicultural environment in which students benefit from a range of innovative teaching and learning techniques.

 

The success of a research institution is largely due to its provision and training of young scholars. To provide leadership in developing future scholars in hospitality and tourism management, the SHTM offers research programmes leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The critical mass of globally recognised researchers, together with the attractive stipend for research students and the unique “East meets West” environment, make our highly competitive research programmes very successful. Many of our PhD graduates are now serving as faculty members in universities worldwide.

 

Research students work on projects under the supervision of experienced faculty members and take advanced subjects in preparation for a major piece of research in a focused area of hospitality and tourism.

 

With an international and multicultural environment, friendly staff and valuable opportunities for peer relationships, the SHTM prepares students for leadership positions in their chosen careers.

Research Areas

Convention and Events Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

Convention and Exhibition Management 

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Jinsoo Lee3400 2238jinsoo.lee@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Youngjoon Choi3400 2175young.choi@polyu.edu.hk

Convention Destinations

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Sam Kim3400 2318sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Jinsoo Lee3400 2238jinsoo.lee@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk

Convention Industry Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Kaye Chon3400 2211kaye.chon@polyu.edu.hk

 

Convention Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Kaye Chon3400 2211kaye.chon@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Sam Kim3400 2318sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk

 

Events and Society

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk

 

Events and Special Events Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Youngjoon Choi3400 2175young.choi@polyu.edu.hk

 

Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Jinsoo Lee3400 2238jinsoo.lee@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hospitality and Hotel Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

China Hotel Management and Development

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Qu Xiao3400 2266qu.xiao@polyu.edu.hk

Consumer Behaviour and Customer Relationship Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Mimi Li3400 2320mimi.li@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Lisa Gao3400 2279lisa.gao@polyu.edu.hk

Corporate Social Responsibility

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Vincent Tung3400 2183vincent.tung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Lisa Gao3400 2279lisa.gao@polyu.edu.hk

Environmental Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Eric Chan3400 2163eric.sw.chan@polyu.edu.hk

 

Foodservice Business and Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Pearl Lin3400 2186pearl.lin@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hospitality and Culture

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Kaye Chon3400 2211kaye.chon@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Cathy Hsu3400 2323cathy.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Deniz Kucukusta3400 2296deniz.kucukusta@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hospitality Education

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Cathy Hsu3400 2323cathy.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Brian King3400 2182brian.king@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Vincent Tung3400 2183vincent.tung@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hospitality and Hotel Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Catherine Cheung3400 2259catherine.cheung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Deniz Kucukusta3400 2296deniz.kucukusta@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Mehmet Ali Koseoglu3400 2251mehmetali.koseoglu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Linda Woo3400 2316linda.woo@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hospitality Organisational Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Alice Hon3400 2363alice.hon@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk

Hospitality and Society

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Honggen Xiao3400 2250honggen.xiao@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hotel Employee Behaviour Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Alice Hon3400 2363alice.hon@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hotel Facilities Planning

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Eric Chan3400 2163eric.sw.chan@polyu.edu.hk

 

Human Resources Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Catherine Cheung3400 2259catherine.cheung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Alice Hon3400 2363alice.hon@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Deniz Kucukusta3400 2296deniz.kucukusta@polyu.edu.hk

 

Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Cathy Hsu3400 2323cathy.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Brian King3400 2182brian.king@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Jinsoo Lee3400 2238jinsoo.lee@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk

 

Resort Management and Development

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Brian King3400 2182brian.king@polyu.edu.hk

 

Revenue Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Basak Denizci Guillet3400 2173basak.denizci@polyu.edu.hk

 

Service Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Kaye Chon3400 2211kaye.chon@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Nelson Tsang3400 2159nelson.tsang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Pearl Lin3400 2186pearl.lin@polyu.edu.hk

 

Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Markus Schuckert3400 2321markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Qu Xiao3400 2266qu.xiao@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Mehmet Ali Koseoglu3400 2251mehmetali.koseoglu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sung Gyun Mun3400 2166sung.mun@polyu.edu.hk

 

Hotel and Tourism Technology Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

Artificial Intelligence, Geotagged and Big Data Applications

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Neil Li3400 2167neilhengyun.li@polyu.edu.hk

Digitised Tourism Experience

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Dan Wang3400 2282d.wang@polyu.edu.hk

E-Business in Tourism and Hospitality

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Norman Au3400 2236norman.au@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Neil Li3400 2167neilhengyun.li@polyu.edu.hk

E-Learning in Tourism and Hospitality

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk

E-Marketing and Social Media Strategies

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Ada Lo3400 2237ada.lo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sangwon Park3400 2262sangwon.park@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Dan Wang3400 2282d.wang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Youngjoon Choi3400 2175young.choi@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Daniel Leung3400 2168daniel.yc.leung@polyu.edu.hk

Hospitality and Tourism Analytics

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk

Information Technology and Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Norman Au3400 2236norman.au@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sangwon Park3400 2262sangwon.park@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Dan Wang3400 2282d.wang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Youngjoon Choi3400 2175young.choi@polyu.edu.hk

Website Evaluation and Analysis

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Rob Law3400 2181rob.law@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism Economics and Financial Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

Competition Issues in Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk

Financial Management in Hospitality and Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Basak Denizci Guillet3400 2173basak.denizci@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Henry Tsai3400 2239henry.tsai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sung Gyun Mun3400 2166sung.mun@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Neil Li3400 2167neilhengyun.li@polyu.edu.hk 

Tourism Demand Forecasting

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk

 

Tourism Impact Assessment

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk

 

Tourism Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

Casino and Gaming Management

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Cathy Hsu3400 2323cathy.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Henry Tsai3400 2239henry.tsai@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Karin Weber3400 2172karin.weber@polyu.edu.hk

China Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Hanqin Qiu3400 2260hanqin.zhang.qiu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Honggen Xiao3400 2250honggen.xiao@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Vincent Tung3400 2183vincent.tung@polyu.edu.hk

Cruise Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Kam Hung3400 2258kam.hung@polyu.edu.hk

Cultural Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Bob McKercher3400 2161bob.mckercher@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Honggen Xiao3400 2250honggen.xiao@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sabrina Huang3400 2192sabrina.huang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Wantanee Suntikul3400 2177w.suntikul@polyu.edu.hk

Community-based, Nature-based, Pro-poor and Sustainable Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Barry Mak3400 2269barry.mak@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Wantanee Suntikul3400 2177w.suntikul@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Denis Tolkach3400 2294denis.tolkach@polyu.edu.hk

Medical and Wellness Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Sam Kim3400 2318sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Deniz Kucukusta3400 2296deniz.kucukusta@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism Education

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Brian King3400 2182brian.king@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Honggen Xiao3400 2250honggen.xiao@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Vincent Tung3400 2183vincent.tung@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism Labour and Employment

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Alice Hon 3400 2363alice.hon@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism Marketing

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Sam Kim3400 2318sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Kam Hung3400 2258kam.hung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ksenia Kirillova3400 2176ksenia.kirillova@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Vincent Tung3400 2183vincent.tung@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism and Media

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Dan Wang3400 2282d.wang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Youngjoon Choi3400 2175young.choi@polyu.edu.hk

Tourism Planning and Development

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Brian King3400 2182brian.king@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Mimi Li3400 2320mimi.li@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Markus Schuckert3400 2321markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Sabrina Huang3400 2192sabrina.huang@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Denis Tolkach3400 2294denis.tolkach@polyu.edu.hk

Tourist Behaviour and Psychology

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Cathy Hsu3400 2323cathy.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Sam Kim3400 2318sam.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Kam Hung3400 2258kam.hung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Lorenzo Masiero3400 2179lorenzo.masiero@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ksenia Kirillova3400 2176ksenia.kirillova@polyu.edu.hk

Transportation and Travel

SupervisorTelEmail
Dr Barry Mak3400 2269barry.mak@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Lorenzo Masiero3400 2179lorenzo.masiero@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Markus Schuckert3400 2321markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk

Wine Management

Full-time PhD Application Deadline:      31 Dec 2019

Wine Economics

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk

 

Wine Marketing

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Markus Schuckert3400 2321markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ksenia Kirillova3400 2176ksenia.kirillova@polyu.edu.hk

 

Wine Tourism

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. Haiyan Song3400 2286haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Markus Schuckert3400 2321markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Ksenia Kirillova3400 2176ksenia.kirillova@polyu.edu.hk

 

Research Facilities

Hotel ICON and Tomorrow’s Guestrooms

 

Hotel ICON is the first teaching and research hotel of its kind in the world to completely integrate teaching, learning and research in a full-service environment. The establishment of Hotel ICON enhances the leadership role of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) in hospitality research. Research projects with different foci have already been implemented in the hotel. Three dedicated guestrooms –“Tomorrow’s Guestrooms” – serve as an exceptional platform to innovate, develop and showcase new technologies, hotel designs and business concepts in hotel management for the advancement of the entire industry.

 

Che-woo Lui Hotel & Tourism Resource Centre

 

Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre supports the research, teaching and learning functions of the SHTM. It holds a comprehensive range of reference materials in hotel and tourism management, including books, journals, magazines, statistical reports and conference proceedings. More than 150 well-known international journal titles from the fields of hospitality, tourism and food science are stocked. The Centre is equipped with top-class facilities for student group projects and seminars.

 

Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology

 

Sponsored by Samsung Electronics, the Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology houses 70 high-performance laptops. Each runs a variety of software packages including popular business applications, specialised hospitality and tourism software, and advanced data analysis software for research applications. This Lab is reserved for SHTM hospitality and tourism students and researchers, ensuring that they can use the latest technology available in the industry. The Lab's furniture is uniquely arranged to suit various teaching and learning needs as well as to facilitate group discussion and learning.

 

Vinoteca Lab

 

With Hong Kong fast becoming a wine hub in Asia, the Vinoteca Lab serves as a valuable facility to enhance food and beverage education, and prepare students for the demands of our city’s rapidly increasing wine focus. The Lab hosts a variety of classes including wine appreciation, food and wine pairing, creative mixology and coffee art. Students are taught a range of topics, from basic wine fundamentals to advanced regional and international wine knowledge and specialist skills in the food and beverage industry.

Other Information

Note to applicants

 

A crucial part of the application process is the submission of a research proposal highlighting the research that the student will pursue during the PhD. The admission to our PhD programme is very competitive and depends largely on the quality and relevance of this research proposal, which should be organised under the following headings: Project Title, Project Objectives (Purpose of the proposed investigation), Scope and Background of Research (identify key issues/problems to be addressed), Conceptual Framework, Research Methodology and Project Significance and Value. The length of the proposal should be between 1,200 and 1,800 words excluding references.

 

The School will give priority to proposed research proposals related to the following themes:

  • Smart tourism (including artificial intelligence, robotics, technology innovation, branding, marketing, experience management, and customer engagement)
  • Performance measurement and management (including financial and revenue management and measurement, operational management, service management, and event management)
  • Tourism futures and forecasting (including demand forecasting and emerging products and markets)
  • Policy and planning (including public policy, tourism planning and development)

 

Other requirements

 

  1. Applicants should fulfil the following English entry requirement:

 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 580 on the paper-based test (with a score of at least 4 out of 6 in the Test of Written English) or 92 on the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above); OR
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band score of at least 6.5 overall (writing component score of 6.0 or above).

 

  1. All 3-year PhD students must earn a minimum of 18 credits before submitting their theses for examination. For more details, please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/htm/phd.
Supporting Documents
Academic Referee's Report:

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required

Curriculum Vitae:

Compulsory

Personal Statement:

Compulsory

Research Proposal:

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form..

Transcript / Certificate:

Compulsory