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Dini Hajarrahmah

Doctoral student
342 Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dini Hajarrahmah is a Ph.D. student in the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech. Her research interest includes sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, tourism social entrepreneurship, tourism resilience, and innovation. She co-founded a social enterprise called Wanderlust Indonesia that aims to empower the local community in tourism destinations through a sustainable tourism approach.

Expected Graduation

2026

Advisor

Nancy G. McGehee

On The Job Market

No

Research Areas:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Social Entrepreneurship, SMEs
  • Tourism Resilience
  • Sustainable Tourism

Research methods:

  • In-depth interview analysis
  • Content Analysis
  • Focus Group
  • Survey Design

Education

  • MS, Dual Concentration: Economic Development & Tourism Management and Innovation and Technology, Boston University, 2017
  • BA, American Cultural Studies – English Department, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, 2011

Industry Experience

  • Lecturer and Researcher, School of Business & Management, Bandung Institute of Technology, 2019 - 2022
  • Co-Founder, Wanderlust Indonesia, 2017 – 2022
  • Co-Founder, Barokah Coffee Shelter, 2018 – 2022
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Boston University, 2016 - 2017
  • Human Resources Executive, Groupe Danone Indonesia, 2012 – 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, Boston University Metropolitan College, 2017
  • Australia Awards Indonesia - Start-Up Ecosystems Awardee, 2018
  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education Master Degree Scholarship Awardee, 2015 - 2017
  • Jolkona Catalyst x US Embassy Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Awardee, 2014
  • Indonesia-Canada Youth Exchange Program, 2011 – 2012
  • Danone Best Practice Award in Culture & Social Innovation, 2014

Conferences

  • The 6th International Conference of Arte-Polis, Indonesia 2016
  • The 2nd Tourism and Leisure Studies Conference, Vancouver 2017

Grant

  • Alumni Grant Scheme – Australia Awards Indonesia: “Disaster Mitigation Education for Local People in Lembang Fault through Impact Travel Experience”, Bandung, West Java - Indonesia, AUD$ 10,000, 2020 – 2022  

Destination

Wae Rebo Village in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Food & Drink

From sushi to ramen.. Japanese food are my comfort food, Indonesian specialty coffee that we brew at home