Shemroy Roberts
shemroy roberts

Dr Shemroy Roberts PhD

Festival and Events Tutor

Biography

Dr. Shemroy Roberts (Shem), originally from the multi-island Caribbean state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a highly accomplished researcher and educator with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of Hospitality, Tourism, and Festivals and Events. Some of his research interests include heritage tourism, geo-tourism, gastronomy tourism, tourism policy and development, management, museums, marketing, visitor experience, visitor engagement, and netnography.

Dr. Roberts earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Studies from Edinburgh Napier University in 2023, building upon his prior qualifications, including a Master of Science in International Tourism Marketing from Edinburgh Napier University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (Tourism and Hospitality Management) from The University of the West Indies. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research Methods.

Currently serving as an Associate Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University since 2020, Dr. Roberts is actively involved in teaching a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is also a Tutor in Marketing, Hospitality, Tourism, Festivals and Events, and Business Management at Edinburgh Napier University International College.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Roberts contributes to academic institutions globally, holding the position of Course Lead and Research Supervisor at the University of the West Indies Global Campus. He also holds the position of Assistant Chief Examiner at the Caribbean Examinations Council, where he plays a crucial role in generating examination material and curriculum development.

Dr. Roberts has participated in and led several Public Engagement projects and is an active member of various professional organizations, including the Nordic Museum Research Network, the Association for Netnographic Research, and the Tourism Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University. Dr. Roberts has also presented at several international conferences, receiving the Association for Tourism in Higher Education Annual Research Best Doctoral Poster Presentation Award 2021, NETNOCON2023 PhD scholarship award, and the Young Scientist/New Scholar award at the ICOT2023 Annual Conference.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Roberts is passionate about social issues, which is evident in his participation and contribution to the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at Edinburgh Napier University. His hobbies and interests include classical music, cooking, baking, reading, traveling, and socializing with friends, family, and people from different cultures.

Research Groups

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Edinburgh Napier University's Festival Symposium Planning Committee
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Caribbean Examinations Council's CAPE Tourism Examining Committee
  • Curriculum Specialist/Advisor at the Caribbean Examinations Council

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Tourism in the Era of Liquid Modernity: Rethinking Tourism Strategy and Facing Uncertainty
  • Tourism, Memory and Heritage: Geographies of Cultural Production, Cultural Memory and Commemoration Conference
  • Inaugural International Netnography Conference (NETNOCON2023): Building Bridges
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Annual Research Conference 2023
  • International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) 2023 Annual Conference – Innovative Sustainable Practices in Travel and Tourism: Recovery and Resilience
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Tourism Subject Group Seminar Presentation
  • Edinburgh Napier University Master's Students Seminar Presentation
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Annual Research Conference 2021
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Tourism Subject Group Seminar Presentation
  • World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology (WASET) International Dark Tourism Conference
  • Association for Tourism in Higher Education Annual Research Conference: Hybrid and Virtual Experiences: Opportunity or Threat for Tourism Education and Industry

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Assistant Chief Examiner/External Examiner at the Caribbean Examinations Council

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • NETNOCON2023 PhD Scholarship Award - Inaugural International Netnography Conference (NETNOCON2023): Building Bridges
  • Young Scientist/New Scholar Award - International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) 2023 Annual Conference – Innovative Sustainable Practices in Travel and Tourism: Recovery and Resilience
  • Research Excellence Award - Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) Best Doctoral Poster Presentation

 

Invited Speaker

  • Dark Tourism Research Symposium: Memory, Pilgrimage and the Digital Realm
  • Seminar Presentation - Slavery Heritage: Towards an Understanding of Visitor Engagement in the Context of UK Slavery Heritage: Concepts, Research and Debates
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Tourism Subject Group Seminar Presentation - Netnography

 

Media Activity

  • The University of the West Indies Global Campus - Let's Talk Access – Online event - BSc Tourism & Hospitality Management Programme

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Nordic Museum Research Network
  • Association for Netnographic Research
  • Edinburgh Napier University's Tourism Research Centre

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Reconciling and understanding the impacts of Slavery Heritage within the Edinburgh area: Mapping Slavery Heritage through tours, community engagement, storytelling and cultural performances
  • Craigmillar Growers: Cultural Diversity Through Agronomy

 

Reviewing

  • Exam Item Reviewer

 

Current Post Grad projects