Researchers in Profile: Karina Shnaiderman

Why did you choose tourism and hospitality and why TRSM?
So I’m a bit of an imposter at TRSM! I am majoring in Environment and Urban Sustainability, but have taken several of the Hospitality and Tourism Management courses for my Tourism minor. My interest lie in mitigating the environmental impacts of tourism and working directly with vulnerable tourism dependant communities, especially as more and more destinations will experience difficulties due to climate change.

How did you become a student researcher at HTMResearch?
This is actually my second year as a student researcher! Last year I worked with Dr. Chris Gibbs after responding to a job posting he showed in our Destination Management and Marketing class. Now I am working with Dr. Rachel Dodds after she recruited me from her Sustainable Tourism course this past winter.

What studies have you worked on and what are you researching right now?
When I worked with Dr. Gibbs last year, I assisted in creating reports for the Canadian Tourism Commission along with several other projects. However, this summer I am helping Dr. Dodds with a project that looks at sustainability and waste management in Canadian festivals, and will be attending the Mariposa Folk Festival with her and a few other HTM research assistants to educate attendees about the festivals environmental initiatives.

What do you enjoy most about conducting research?
Knowing that my work and effort is positively contributing to academia and literature is definitely a rewarding aspect of conducting research. As an undergraduate student, these jobs compliment my studies, and I am able to take the skills I’ve gained and apply them to other school project. The Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Research also allows for research assistants to make connections with incredible faculty members and learn from other RA’s.

What does the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Research mean to you?
I think I spend more time in the Institute than I do in my own department (sorry EUS)! It’s a space that allows for sharing ideas and interests between researchers and faculty, and I really value the friendships I’ve made there.

If you could give one piece of advice to students who are interested in conducting research at HTMResearch, what would it be?
I would absolutely recommend becoming a research assistant. It’s a great opportunity to develop skills that you will take with you long after you graduate, and it is a rare experience as many other universities do not offer as many research positions for undergrad students .

What are your major interests outside of HTMResearch?
I love film photography, foraging and learning about wild edibles, and craft beer (there’s more to it than just IPA’s!).

Contact Information

Address:
575 Bay Street (entrance at 55 Dundas Street West)
Room: TRS 3-175, 9th floor Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C3

Mailing Address:
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3

Researchers in Profile: Karina Shnaiderman

Why did you choose tourism and hospitality and why TRSM?
I have a passion for people, and what better way to explore that passion than through a hospitalityprogram! TRSM offers so many opportunities for students to participate, get involved and learn about the industry. It was a no brainer!

How did you become a student researcher at HTMResearch?
I saw the opportunity to become an HTM RA in a student email. I sent in an application, interviewed and got the job!

What studies have you worked on and what are you researching right now?

My primary work involves the use of Virtual Reality and impacts on destination marketing. Alongside Tom Griffin, I’ve executed my first research study and submitted my first abstract to the 2017 Travel and Tourism Research Association Conference. I look forward to exploring this technology and its applications for tourism more over the next semester.

What do you enjoy most about conducting research?

There are many things I love about being an RA. The mentorship from faculty has been amazing. I enjoy the opportunity to learn from such brilliant minds. I also appreciate being able to see a study through from conception to execution. The entire experience has been really valuable.

What does the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Research mean to you?
It’s like my second home! It’s a place to collaborate, share knowledge and generate ideas that can make a contribution to the industry that I’m passionate about.

If you could give one piece of advice to students who are interested in conducting research at HTMResearch, what would it be?
You should do it! It’s a great learning opportunity and it looks awesome on a resume.

What are your major interests outside of HTMResearch?
I love running – it’s a great way to explore this awesome city. I also love travelling, technology and motorcycles

Contact Information

Address:
575 Bay Street (entrance at 55 Dundas Street West)
Room: TRS 3-175, 9th floor Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C3

Mailing Address:
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3