Don’t panic! Each year literally hundreds of dissertations in tourism around the world are conducted without a problem for individual researchers. Almost inevitably, though, there are some students who encounter difficulties in the course of conducting their research. We cannot put a figure on how many because there has simply been no compre - hensive research on the subject. Suffice to say, from our experience the proportion tends to be very low, and we are of the opinion that this proportion can – and indeed should – be minimized if students (with their advisors) take the correct measures to identify and manage the risks involved in conducting their research.