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Doris Carson is a human geographer with an interest in the socio-economic development of small communities in sparsely populated areas in the northern inland of Sweden and the Outback of Australia.
I am a human geographer with an interest in the future of small villages and communities in sparsely populated northern peripheries. My research focuses primarily on three broad streams: 1) the processes that hinder or facilitate a transition from ‘extractive’ to ‘attractive’ industries (particularly tourism); 2) the role of mobile and temporary populations in stimulating innovation; and 3) the interplay between urbanisation, mobility and socio-economic change in sparsely populated areas.
I completed my PhD in 2011 at James Cook University (Australia), examining the dynamics of regional tourism innovation systems in remote resource peripheries. I was then a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Regional Engagement at the University of South Australia (2011-2014). I came to Umeå in 2014 to work on a project about tourism and lifestyle related mobilities in northern Sweden and their contributions to innovation capacity in small rural communities (as part of the project “Mobilising the Rural: Post-productivism and the New Economy”).
Since 2016, I have been involved in a number of research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council FORMAS:
I have written both empirical and theoretical review articles in a range of journals and books related to tourism, human geography, and economic development in sparsely populated areas – you can access my profile on Google Scholar for further details. I have also co-edited several collaborative volumes, including:
Teaching and research supervision
I have taught the following courses between 2011-2018:
I am also involved in supervising Master’s students and PhD candidates. I welcome thesis proposals in the fields of: