Professor of Tourism Management and Head of ICRETH, Dorina-Maria Buda conducts interdisciplinary research with a particular focus on the interconnections between tourist spaces, people and emotions in times and places of socio-political conflict. In this respect she was awarded a number of individual research funds amongst which the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship [€585,000] in 2013, and an interdisciplinary four-year VENI grant [€250,000] from the NWO/Dutch Scientific Organisation for Research in 2015. Throughout her academic career she also received research funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Romanian National Service for Studies and Scholarships Abroad (ONBSS), and University of Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand, amongst others.
Dorina-Maria is the author of Affective Tourism: Dark Routes in Conflict, Routledge 2015. In this research monograph she offers a new way of theorising tourism encounters bringing together, critically examining and expanding three areas of scholarship: tourism, emotional and affective geographies, and conflict & peace studies. It has relevance for the tourism sector in places of on-going socio-political turmoil as it provides in-depth analyses of the interconnections between tourism, emotions and conflict. Such understandings can lead to more socio-culturally and politically sustainable approaches to planning, development and management of tourism.
Designing and teaching a module titled Passions of Tourism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands earned Dorina-Maria a Teaching Excellence Fellowship in October 2015.