Shahab is a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University, department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. His primary areas of research interest revolve around both conceptual and methodological realms. Namely, he is interested in postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, empowerment, tourism microentrepreneurship and also visual methods in tourism research. He developed an online tool for conducting Visual Q studies online (VQMethod) and has experience in utilizing Virtual Reality in understanding human perception.