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Dr Samantha Murdy



Personal statement

I am the Deputy Director of the Undergraduate Programme and a Lecturer in the Department of Marketing. I have been based in the department since moving from Australia in 2012. My research interests focus on destination branding within communities, visitor behaviour, as well as sustainability and conservation. Additionally, I am the convenor for the ethics committee within the Department of Marketing.


What pulls ancestral tourists 'home'? An analysis of ancestral tourist motivations
Murdy Samantha, Alexander Matthew, Bryce Derek
Tourism Management Vol 64, pp. 13-19, (2018)
Diaspora, authenticity and the imagined past
Bryce Derek, Murdy Samantha, Alexander Matthew
Annals of Tourism Research Vol 66, pp. 49-60, (2017)
Delivering the past : providing personalized ancestral tourism experiences
Alexander Matthew, Bryce Derek, Murdy Samantha
Journal of Travel Research Vol 56, pp. 543-555, (2017)
Role conflict and changing heritage practice : ancestral tourism in Scotland
Murdy Samantha, Alexander Matthew, Bryce Derek
Journal of Marketing Management Vol 32, pp. 1494-1512, (2016)
Who owns it? When communities brand destinations
Murdy Samantha, Alexander Matthew
CAUTHE 26th Annual Conferece, pp. 1-4, (2016)
Contested authenticities and the imagined past : museums, archives and ancestral tourists in Scotland
Bryce Derek, Murdy Samantha, Alexander Matthew
Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, (2015)

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My teaching has covered a range of topics at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level, including introductory marketing, market research, tourism marketing, and consumer behaviour. At the University of Strathclyde I have taught mainly at a postgraduate level (MSc), and my key areas of teaching include: Destination Marketing and Management, (International) Market Research, and International Hospitality and Tourism Management. I was nominated this year for a Teaching Excellence Award. 

Research interests

My research explores and examines marketing principles and theories in the context of tourism, with a focus on destination branding within communities, visitor behaviour, sustainability, and conservation. I have presented my research internationally, and have published my research in top tier journals, including: the Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management.


Postgraduate Research Methods Training for Marketing
Harker, Michael (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Principal Investigator) Murdy, Samantha (Principal Investigator)
This project is examining the past and present of research methods training for postgraduate research students in marketing in respect of historical and current trends and provision of training within doctoral programmes.
Period 07-Jul-2017 - 16-Nov-2018
External Examining for Marketing
Harker, Michael (Principal Investigator) Murdy, Samantha (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)
This project is collecting and disseminating views on the processes and practices of programme external examination for marketing programmes at UK institutions.
Period 14-Jul-2017 - 16-Nov-2018
Understanding Ancestral Tourism
Alexander, Matthew (Academic) Bryce, Derek (Academic) Murdy, Samantha (Academic)
The overall purpose of this research project is to attain a better understanding of ancestral tourism. The key research objectives related to this study are: • To identify the specific needs and interests of ancestral tourists • To explore the relationship between ancestral tourism and wider tourism activity • To explore how tourism destinations and resources support the needs of ancestral tourists and the challenges therein. This study will look to collect data in a variety of different ways to address the research objectives, and will be used to triangulate the results. As such, the following methods will be used: i) interviews with stakeholders in the tourism and heritage sectors who are involved with ancestral tourists; ii) interviews with ancestral tourists; iii) observation of ancestral tourists; and iv) questionnaires considering the tourist perspective.
Period 16-Jan-2014
Understanding Ancestral Tourism
Murdy, Samantha (Principal Investigator)
Period 30-Mar-2014 - 30-Jun-2014

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