A Research Agenda for Arctic Tourism


A Research Agenda for Arctic Tourism

9781035319985 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Outi Rantala, Professor of Responsible Arctic Tourism, Multidimensional Tourism Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland and Dieter K. Müller, Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Umeå University, Sweden
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 998 5 Extent: c 236 pp
With the Arctic firmly in the spotlight of global public attention due to the current climate crisis and increased access to its natural resources, this timely Research Agenda addresses the key issues facing the Arctic, such as a warming climate and tourism in the North.

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In A Research Agenda for Arctic Tourism, experts address key topics related to tourism in the North such as the climate crisis, increased political and economic turmoil, and the complexity of interests and relations among stakeholders. Suggesting potential pathways for research on Arctic tourism, the contributors recognize tourism as one future storyline for the Arctic: a storyline embedded in local human and non-human communities.

Bringing in-depth and innovative scholarship together with creative thinking across tourism disciplines, this Research Agenda examines both the positive and negative effects of tourism development in the Arctic: from emerging new transport infrastructure and business, employment and economic opportunities to the impact on indigenous and local communities as well as nature. Experts in Northern tourism explore traditional business perspectives in tourism research with alternative theoretical approaches, highlighting communities and spatial relations.

Scholars researching tourism management and tourism from social science perspectives, as well as Arctic studies more broadly, will appreciate the insights highlighted and the links to the wider topics of international relations, politics, sociology, geography and anthropology.
Critical Acclaim
‘Without a doubt, this book will be core reading for those seeking new and diverse theoretical and methodological advancements to help address the multi-faceted challenges facing tourism across the Arctic. The book brings together new and established researchers achieving a refreshing and long overdue re-examination of Arctic tourism. I applaud the editors and contributors for this critical and essential contribution to the growing polar tourism literature.’
– Emma J. Stewart, Lincoln University, New Zealand

‘Rantala and Müller have compiled a series of creative, interdisciplinary chapters that chart vital theoretical, methodological, and empirical pathways for Arctic tourism futures. This Research Agenda illustrates how Arctic tourism research is being adapted in relation to uncertainty, changing narratives and imaginaries, and the care and compassion encountered within multi-species communities.’
– Bryan Grimwood, University of Waterloo, Canada

Preface xv
1 Introduction: The need for a revised research
agenda for Arctic tourism 1
Outi Rantala and Dieter K. Müller
2 When POLTOUR app meets generative AI:
A walkthrough of research output and outreach
on Arctic tourism and climate change 15
O. Cenk Demiroglu
3 “Justin Bieber posted it on IG, so why can’t
I visit?” – Understanding the future of the Arctic
tourist experience using social media and mobile
technologies 35
Patrick T. Maher and Anne Hardy
4 Mobilities and place: Arctic tourism in the making 47
Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson
5 A future for creative tourism in the Arctic 63
Suzanne de la Barre
6 Tourism, imaginaries, and cultural heritage in the
Arctic: The need for studying the particular 81
Trine Kvidal-Røvik, Stein R. Mathisen and Kjell Olsen
7 Multispecies hospitality 93
Emily Höckert and Outi Rantala
8 A comparative advantage? Using situated
comparison for collaborative ways of knowing in
Greenlandic tourism 109
Carina Ren and Ulunnguaq Markussen
9 Framing by opening up: Approaching matters of
concern in nature-based tourism 125
Brynhild Granås, June Anthonsen Røsbø and Mats J. Hoel
10 Nature-based tourism as part of Arctic land use
and just transition 141
Seija Tuulentie
11 Who owns the Arctic tourism industry?
Economic-geographical perspectives 157
Dieter K. Müller
12 Post-Arctic tourism and the need to rethink the
aesthetics of Arctic tourism in the context of
climate change 169
Alix Varnajot
13 Convivial Arctic futures: Understanding the role of
tourism in times of ecological crisis 183
Edward H. Huijbens
14 Arctic tourism in the 21st century 199
Dieter K. Müller and Outi Rantala
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