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.
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‘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
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