Dr Julio Munoz
Professionally, Julio has experience working in the private sector in industries such as, banking, mining and software development, as well as been employed by various universities around the world in teaching, research and administrative positions. Julio has recently completed the University of Surrey Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (GCLT) that led to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Currently he supports the teaching and marking of several modules including, Technology and Media, Services Marketing and Destination Management and is in charge of conducting SHTM Master students' research methods workshops during the summer period. Outside of the classroom, Julio works as a Language Resources Assistant where he advises students how to use the library resources for their assignments; and he is also a member of the University Ethics Committee where he regularly reviews ethics applications from a broad range of subjects across the university.
- University of Surrey SHTM fully funded PhD Scholarship
- Education New Zealand International Undergraduate Scholarship for three years
Julio’s main research interest is in Visit Friends and Relatives (VFR) tourism. His PhD project looks at how certain hosts’ characteristics influence the visitors' experience of a destination, in this case Guildford. The project aims to provide a better understanding of the role of hosts to VFR travellers and the connection between both.
Supervisors: Professor Margaret Deery, Dr. Albert Kimbu, and Dr. Jason Chen
Munoz, J. R., Griffin, T., & Humbracht, M. (2017). Towards a new definition for “visiting friends and relatives”. International Journal of Tourism Research. 19(5), 477-485.
Munoz, J. R. (2017). The role of students as hosts of VFR travellers: How does the host affect the visitor's experience of a destination. Working paper in CAUTHE 2017: Time For Big Ideas? Re-thinking the Field For Tomorrow. 771-773.
Munoz, J. R. (2017). Is VFR the forgotten link of the collaborative economy? A comparative analysis of VFR, Airbnb and Couchsurfing experiences. IFITTtalk Surrey Think Tank: Collaborative Economy.
Munoz, J. R., Griffin, T., & Humbracht, M. (2017). Towards a new definition for “visiting friends and relatives”. Bournemouth University International Conference: The Visitor Economy, Strategies and Innovations.
Munoz, J. R. (2016). The role of students as hosts of VFR travellers: How do hosts influence their visitor's experience. University of Surrey Hospitality and Tourism Management Conference 2016, 'Making an Impact: Creating Constructive Conversations'.