Studies tourism and sustainable development in the Arctic
Name: Dieter Müller, Professor in Social and Economic Geography
Tourism has often been seen as a saviour for peripheral communities in the north. But which role can the local industry play in sustainable development in the Arctic region? Dieter Müller studies the possibilities and problems which can arise when tourism is developed in not least the Swedish Arctic.
Dieter Müller has research interests with respect to tourism and regional development, mobility and tourism in peripheral areas. His research interests specifically include almost all aspects of second homes and second home related mobility, Sami tourism, nature-based tourism, tourism labor markets, regional development and rural change particularly in Northern peripheries and Polar areas.
He is currently leading a Mistra Arctic Futures-project addressing tourism and its role for regional development and sustaining the Arctic region in Sweden, the Yukon in Canada and the Nenets Autonomous Region in Russia.
In the northern regions, tourism is seen as an important and innovative industry that can contribute to employment and give value to protected areas. The industry has often been seen as solution to problems in northern peripheries, but rejuvenated interest in northern resources has shifted interest toward resource extracting industries. But what is happening when industries like mining are in crisis? Will tourism still be there to save peripheral communities again? What can be done to nurture the growing tourism industry? Dieter Müller has also done research on Sami tourism and on land-use conflicts between tourism, mining and nature protection. All these research efforts have in common that they aim at revealing various obstacles for a successful development in Arctic communities.
Dieter Müller is professor in social and economic geography and dean of the faculty of social science. Currently he holds the chair of the Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change within the International Geographical Union, and he is board member of the International Polar Tourism Research Network, the Nordic Society of Tourism and Hospitality Research and the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism. He serves also on the editorial boards of Tourism Geographies, Current Issues in Tourism and Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
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