Dr Therese Conway

BA.,MA.,PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
T Block
Distillery Road
NUI Galway
T: 091493510
E: therese.conway@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

Current positions: 
Lecturer: School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway 
Programme Coordinator: BASS (BSc in Applied Social Sciences)
Research Team Member: Horizon 2020 Ruralization Project 
Committee Membership: National Rural Network LEADER Sub committee 

General research Profile: 
Over the last number of years, Dr. Conway has positioned her research agenda with a focus on the concepts of networks and networking, and in particular their role in development, including studies that engage with their role in tourism, ecotourism, community development (communities of practice) and rural development. 

Therese’s research focuses on tourism destination planning and development with particular emphasis on alternative tourism forms such as ecotourism. Therese also has a specific interest in the role of networks and networking in rural tourism promotion and development.  She is currently engaged in research relating to the role of social capital in ecotourism promotion and the definition of ecotourism in developed world locations.  Her recent research has been funded through the PRTLI4 as part of the ISSP and the Whitaker Institute programme of research.  Therese is a member of the Rural Studies and Planning and Sustainable Development Research Clusters in Geography and the Whitaker Institute. 

Dr Conway has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on an EU Northern Peripheries and Arctic Programme project BUSK (Building Shared Knowledge capital). This project explores peripheral livelihoods and land uses dependent on natural resources, associated issues of contested management and planning, and the development of innovative solutions to policy and planning for their long-term sustainability.

Therese has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a four partner consortium that was awarded the contract to run the National Rural Network in Ireland (NRN) for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  The NRN is a support body for the successful implementation of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. NUI Galway is the lead research partner. The NRN engages in a practical way with networking key stakeholders and communities within the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. 

Strategically, being involved in the NRN allowed Therese to apply her academic and practical knowledge of networks to research on the RDP process with a particular focus on the LEADER Programme, Farm Viability and European Innovation Partnerships. Involvement here also assisted with Dr Conway's research agenda in terms of the development of networks and the contribution that collaborative and communicative structures and processes make to long-term and sustainable planning for both community and rural development. 

In 2015-2016 Therese was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Technology Tralee in the UNESCO Chair research centre. 

Dr Conway holds a primary degree in Geography and Sociology in University College Cork and a Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development also at UCC (RTPI and IPI Accredited).

Following a short planning career Therese commenced her PhD at NUI Galway having been award a scholarship through PRTLI4, as part of the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and the Whitaker Institute (NUI Galway), Programme of research.


Research Interests

Therese’s research focuses on tourism destination planning and development with particular emphasis on alternative tourism forms such as ecotourism. Therese also has a specific interest in the role of networks and networking in rural tourism promotion and development.  She is currently engaged in research relating to the role of social capital in ecotourism promotion and the definition of ecotourism in developed world locations.  Her recent research has been funded through the PRTLI4 as part of the ISSP and the Whitaker Institute programme of research.  Therese is a member of the Rural Studies Research Cluster in Geography and the Whitaker Institute. 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Ruralization 01-MAY-19
NRN 01-SEP-16
BUSK 01-JUN-15 01-DEC-19

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) ''Defining ecotourism: evidence of provider perspectives in an emerging area''
Conway, T. and Cawley, M (2017) ''Defining ecotourism: evidence of provider perspectives in an emerging area''. Journal of Ecotourism, 15 (2):122-138 [Details]
(2016) 'Defining ecotourism: evidence of provider perspectives in an emerging area'
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2016) 'Defining ecotourism: evidence of provider perspectives in an emerging area'. Journal of Ecotourism, 15 (2):122-138 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Organizational networking in an emerging ecotourism destination'
Conway, T. and Cawley, M. (2012) 'Organizational networking in an emerging ecotourism destination'. Tourism Planning & Development, 9 (4):397-409 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Endogenous resource use and ecotourism development'
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2016) 'Endogenous resource use and ecotourism development' In: Re-inventing Rural Tourism Through Co-creative and Sustainable Tourist Experiences. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2016) Landscape Values: Place and Praxis
Conway, T.; Cawley, M. (2016) Ecotourism and ecolabels in landscape protection: a critical appraisal of a governance mechanism . In: Collins, T., Kindermann, G., Newman, C., Cronin, N eds. Landscape Values: Place and Praxis NUI Galway, , 29-JUN-16 - 02-JUL-16 , pp.77-80 [Details]
(2015) 9th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC) 2013, 6-7th June, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Conway, T. and Cawley, M. (2015) Perspectives on ecotourism: examining tourism provider understandings [accessible on-line] 9th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC) 2013, 6-7th June, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology , pp.1-14 [Details]
(2013) THRIC
Conway, T. and Cawley, M. (2013) Perspectives on ecotourism: tourism provider understandings THRIC [Details]
(2013) International Conference on Rural Tourism, University of Alveiro, Portugal
Conway, T. and Cawley, M. (2013) Experience design in ecotourism: endogenous resource use International Conference on Rural Tourism, University of Alveiro, Portugal University of Alveiro, Portugal, , 05-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13 [Details]
(2013) Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference
Conway, T. and Cawley, M. (2013) Perspectives on ecotourism: an analysis of tourism provider understandings Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference GMIT Galway, , 06-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13 [Details]
(2013) Reinventing rural tourism and the rural tourism experience
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2013) Experience design in ecotourism: endogenous resource use Reinventing rural tourism and the rural tourism experience University of Aveiro, Portugal, , 05-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13 [Details]
(2013) Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2013) Perspectives on ecotourism: an analysis of tourism provider understandings Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference GMIT, Galway, , 06-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13 [Details]
(2012) Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2012) Organisational networking in an emerging ecotourism destination Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers New York, , 26-FEB-12 - 29-FEB-12 [Details]
(2012) Annual Conference, Association of American Geographers
Conway, T., Cawley, M (2012) Organisational networking in an emerging ecotourism destination. Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, New York, 28 February 2012 Annual Conference, Association of American Geographers , 27-FEB-12 - 02-MAR-12 [Details]
(2011) 19th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, NUI Galway 1-7 August 2011
Conway, T., Cawley, M. (2011) Networking in ecotourism 19th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, NUI Galway 1-7 August 2011 NUI Galway, , 01-AUG-11 - 07-AUG-11 [Details]
(2013) 19th Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems of the IGU
Conway, T. (2013) Networks in rural tourism . In: Mary Cawley, Ana Maria Bicalho, Lucette Laurens eds. 19th Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems of the IGU Galway: IGU and Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, , pp.252-261 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2016) (2016) Project Sport Inclusion ET Innovation, Siene Saint Denis (Full report in French only. Further information available at: https://inta-aivn.org/en/activities/advice/peer-to-peer-panels/2016-sport-handicap-cd93-en).
Rapport Du Panel de I’INTA (2016) (2016) Project Sport Inclusion ET Innovation, Siene Saint Denis (Full report in French only. Further information available at: https://inta-aivn.org/en/activities/advice/peer-to-peer-panels/2016-sport-handicap-cd93-en). INTA, Paris. [Details]
(2016) Meeting Report of the Expert Panel, Lausanne, Switzerland (May 2016).
Global Active Cities Development (2016) Meeting Report of the Expert Panel, Lausanne, Switzerland (May 2016). Evaleo, Switzerland. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 Best Paper Award THRIC Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Annual Conference
2010 PhD Fellowship Higher Education Authority, through the 4th Programme of Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI4)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
RTPI Accredited Planning MA /
IPI Accredited Planning Qualification /

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Service Learning Moate Co West Meath /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal of Ecotourism Reviewer
Journal Of Rural Studies Reviewer
Anatolia: an International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Since 2009 Dr Conway has been engaged in third level teaching and learning. During this time her teaching portfolio has expanded to encompass the design, coordination and delivery of MA modules in service learning, rural development, and rural tourism, and extensive undergraduate teaching in core subjects and specialist research areas. 

Dr Conway's teaching experience in Geography at NUI Galway relates to designing and coordinating courses for classes of 100+ students, coordinating modules and conducting the associated teaching for a fourth level MA group (10 students), and engaging in a number of team taught modules across the discipline for classes in excess of 200. 

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2017 Julie Brennan Y
2015 Gabrielle Kane Y
2015 Ciara Lynch Y
2015 Sarah Philips

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2015 TI 252: Theory and Practice II
2014 TI 251: Theory and Practice in Geography
2015 TI 507: Research Methodologies
2015 TI 335: Research Project Design and Development
2017 BSS1101 Introduction to the Social Sciences
2014 TI 504: Rural Field-Based and Service Learning
2015 TI 506: The Multifunctional Countryside
2015 TI 226: Tourism Geographies