Research Projects

Ongoing research and develoment projects

  • Okta: Kunst og friksjonsfylte fellesskap i Sápmi (Research Partner)
    Forskningsprosjektet Okta: Kunst og friksjonsfylte fellesskap i Sápmi undersøker hvordan kunst inngår i og virker på møtesteder for den samiske minoritet og de nordiske majoritetsbefolkninger. Med utgangspunkt i analyser av kunstens rolle og funksjon på kulturfestivaler i Sápmi søker prosjektet å arbeide frem ny kunnskap om hvordan kunst kan skape friksjon og sprekker som åpner for at samisk kulturkunnskap og kunstneriske uttrykk kan artikuleres og forhandles i felles offentligheter.
    Funded by: Kulturrådet - Arts Council Norway

  • ‘Culturally Sensitive Tourism in the Arctic’ – ARCTISEN (Partner, WP leader)
    The project develops a support system for start-ups and existing small and medium-sized enterprises offering innovative tourism products and services. Expanding tourist interest in the Arctic brings unforeseen opportunities to maintain local livelihoods and lifestyles. The project partners in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Denmark/Greenland highlight the pressing demand for new tourism products and services that draw on the rich natural and cultural resources of the region. Simultaneously, limited knowledge of indigenous and other local cultures in Northern communities calls for more open and sensitive dialogue among different tourism actors. Here you can visit the Arctisen Facebook page.
    Funded by: Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

  • Sustainability: Arctic Tourism in Times of Change (Research Partner)
    The project focuses on three specific issues in order to enhance the sustainability of Arctic tourism: 1) seasonality of Arctic tourism, 2) urban tourism in the Arctic and 3) overtourism in the Arctic. These three core issues relate closely to the recent rapid growth of tourism in Northern areas and need to be addressed in order to balance the growth and in order to enable sustainable prosperity of the area.
    Funded by: Nordic Council of Ministers


Completed research and development projects

  • Winter: New Turns in Arctic Winter Tourism (Project leader)
    In this project we explore winter tourism developments in the Arctic linked to 1. Winter Tourism Activities: Soft and Hard Adventures; 2. Finnmarkslopet and the Iditarod of Alaska: Event Tourism; 3. Hurtigruten: Potensials and Barriers in Mass Tourism Developments; and 4 Aurora Borealis: Tourism Performances and Symbolic Meanings
    Funded by: Forskningsrådet