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Tourism, Place & Mobility

The role of tourism in society is more in focus than ever before. Major changes in wider society affect the entire hospitality industry. In what ways is society affected by tourism, and how can it be developed in a sustainable way?

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This research theme is about one of Sweden’s basic industries – tourism and hospitality. It has a major impact on employment and growth nationwide through activities such as hotels, restaurants, retail and transport. The current coronavirus pandemic, but also the transition to a digitised and fossil-free society, has a drastic impact on the industry. The global travel patterns that were so dominant previously have come to a head and challenge the entire tourism sector to explore new directions.

The research at the Department of Service Studies is based on, among other things, sociological, cultural geographic, ethnological and environmental strategic research. Tourism, location and mobility are studied as a societal phenomenon and from an economic perspective, both locally and globally. Examples of research areas within the theme are the effects of low-cost air travel, local food and hunting tourism, the impact of overtourism – not least in relation to cultural heritage – and the climate impact of mobility. The aim is to develop the hospitality industry and contribute to a greater understanding of how it is affected by changes in wider society.

Recent publications

  • Andersson, M. (2021). From pluri-activity to entrepreneurship: Swedish inshore commercial fisheries navigating in the service-oriented economy. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
  • The seaweed experience: exploring the potential and value of a marine resource, Annabell Merkel, Filippa Säwe & Cecilia Fredriksson, 2021 jan 31, I : Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Decommodification as a socially embedded practice: The example of lifestyle enterprising in animal-based tourism, Erika Andersson Cederholm & Carina Sjöholm, 2020 dec 29, Degrowth and Tourism: New Perspectives on Tourism Entrepreneurship, Destinations and Policy. Hall, M., Lundmark, L. & Zhang, J. J. (red.). Routledge
  • Risks, resilience, and pathways to sustainable aviation: A COVID-19 perspective, Stefan Gössling, 2020 okt 1, I : Journal of Air Transport Management. 89, 101933.…
  • The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism, Maria Månsson (red.), Buchmann, A. (red.), Cecilia Cassinger (red.) & Lena Eskilsson (red.), 2020 jul 8, Routledge. 452 s.…
  • Lena Eskilsson, Maria Månsson, Jan-Henrik Nilsson & Malin Zillinger, 2020 jul 6, Tourist information search in the age of mediatization, The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism. Månsson, M., Buchmann, A., Cassinger, C. & Eskilsson, L. (red.). Routledge, s. 382-391 10 s.…
  • Gössling, S., Humpe, A., & Bausch, T. (2020). Does ‘flight shame’ affect social norms? Changing perspectives on the desirability of air travel in Germany. Journal of Cleaner Production, 266, [122015].
  • Nilsson, J-H. (2020). Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Overtourism: the Dynamics of Accelerating Urban Tourism. International Journal of Tourism Cities.
  • Stefan Gössling, Daniel Scott & C. Michael Hall (2020): Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, DOI:10.1080/09669582.2020.1758708
  • Ritchie, B. W., Sie, L., Gössling, S., & Dwyer, L. (2020). Effects of climate change policies on aviation carbon offsetting: a three-year panel study. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(2), 337-360.

Recent publications

Commodification of recreational hunting in Sweden: hunting tourism experiences as ‘peculiar goods’Andersson Cederholm, E...
Resourcification and TourismHultman, J., Corvellec, H. & Zillinger, M., 2023, (Accepted/In press) The Wiley Blackwell Co...
The tourism business operator as a moral gatekeeper: The relational work of recreational hunting in Sweden Andersson Ced...