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
- Intangiblization, Materializations and Mobilities of Kven Heritage: Contemporary Articulations in Fields of Family, Museums, and Culture Industry (Project leader)
This project deals with contemporary Kven heritage and revitalization processes that take place in the intersection between commodification, political and institutional boundary making of different scale in Northern Norway today.
Funded by: Forskningsrådet, SAMKUL-programmet
- Sami Entrepreneurs and Research Collaboration (Partner, WP leader)
The overall objective is to address entrepreneurial innovation in Sami areas through research collaborations.
Funded by: Regionalt forskningsfond Nord
- Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities, REXSAC (Research partner)
REXSAC focuses on the study of extractive resource industries in the Arctic as cultural, social, economic, and ecological phenomena from analysis of why resource extraction commences, what consequences it has for communities in the Arctic and beyond, and what opportunities exist for transitioning toward post-extractive futures.
Funded by: NordForsk Programme: Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges – Pathways to Action.
- Nærmiljø og lokalsamfunn som fremmer folkehelse
Funded by: Helsedirektoratet
- Joint Higher Education on Northern Tourism (Project leader)
The project aims to foster quality improvements, innovation and excellence of higher education on northern tourism, in the context of the Arctic region.
Funded by: DIKU Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education
- Strangers on the Tourist Route (Internal project, collaboration with Univ of Lapland)
This research project investigates the encounterings of/on a tourist route that leads to Havøysund in Northern Norway.
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