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Doris Carson

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.

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Assistant professor at Department of Geography Units: Geography
Location
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 2& 3 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

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:

 

  • Cities of the North: Urbanisation, mobilities and new development opportunities for sparsely populated hinterlands” (2016-ongoing): This project examines the dynamic migration and mobility relationships between rapidly growing cities in northern peripheries and their sparsely populated rural hinterlands. The project is interested in identifying how communities in the hinterland can benefit and capitalise on population and economic growth in their regional cities, or what factors may stifle such development opportunities. The research program is built around international comparisons, focusing on northern Sweden, the Northern Territory of Australia, and other northern or Arctic peripheries in Europe and North America.

 

  • Modelling the demographic future of small villages in sparsely populated areas” (led by Dean Carson, 2016-ongoing): This project uses agent based modelling, combining secondary register data with qualitative fieldwork data (and what we call ‘dirt research’), to understand potential demographic development pathways of small villages in the inland north of Sweden.

 

  • Mobilities, micro-urbanisation and changing settlement patterns in the sparsely populated north” (led by Linda Lundmark, 2016-ongoing): This project examines the changes in mobility and migration patterns to and within northern Sweden. It seeks to identify how different mobilities have impacted on population distribution, micro-urbanisation (i.e. urbanisation within rural and sparsely populated municipalities), and the functional and relational hierarchies of settlements in the sparsely populated north.

 

  • Climate Change and the Double Amplification of Arctic Tourism: Challenges and potential solutions for tourism and sustainable development in an Arctic context” (led by Dieter Müller, 2018-ongoing): This project examines the evolution of ‘Arctic tourism’ in northern Sweden, with a particular focus on how different government, industry and community stakeholders at local and regional levels have tackled the challenges and opportunities related to tourism, globalisation, climate change, land use conflicts and socio-cultural change.

 

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:

 

  • Koster, R. L., & Carson, D. A. (Eds.). (2019). Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies: Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between. Cham: Springer.
  • Carson, D. A., Brouder, P., & de la Barre, S. (2017). Communities and New Development Paths in the Sparsely Populated North. Special Issue in Journal of Rural and Community Development, 12(2-3).  
  • Robinson, G. M., & Carson, D. A. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Carson, D. A., Carson, D. B., & Lundmark, L. (2014). Tourism and Mobilities in Sparsely Populated Areas. Special issue in Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, 14(4).

 

Teaching and research supervision

I have taught the following courses between 2011-2018:

  • Destinations & Regional Development (Master level)
  • Tourism (Master level)
  • Research Design & Methodology (Master level)
  • Qualitative research methods (Master level)
  • Master’s thesis in Human Geography (Master level)
  • Tourism Destination Systems (Master level)
  • Tourism Planning (Bachelor level)
  • Consumer Behaviour in Tourism (Bachelor level)

 

I am also involved in supervising Master’s students and PhD candidates. I welcome thesis proposals in the fields of:

  • Rural/remote/peripheral/Arctic tourism
  • City-hinterland relationships with regard to mobility (migration, labour, migration), regional development, and policy planning
  • Local vs. regional innovation systems in peripheral areas
  • Temporary populations and economic development in peripheral areas
  • Local-level case studies of rural community development
2021
The demography of disasters: impacts for population and place, Cham: Springer 2021 : 81-99
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Axelsson, Per; et al.
2020
Polar Record, Cambridge University Press 2020, Vol. 56
Carson, Dean B.; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Carson, Doris A.
2020
TemaNord, 2020:529
Müller, Dieter K.; Carson, Doris A.; de la Barre, Suzanne; et al.
2019
Perspectives on rural tourism geographies: case studies from developed nations on the exotic, the fringe and the boring bits in between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 93-114
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.
2019
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society 2019, Vol. 13, (1) : 7-33
Carson, Dean B.; Lundmark, Linda; Carson, Doris A.
2019
Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies: Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 243-251
Carson, Doris A.; Koster, Rhonda L.
2019
Perspectives on rural tourism geographies: case studies from developed nations on the exotic, the fringe and the boring bits in between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 173-196
Carson, Doris A.; Prideaux, Bruce; Porter, Rob; et al.
2019
Regional Science Policy & Practice, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 11, (3) : 479-492
Eimermann, Marco; Tillberg Mattsson, Karin; Carson, Doris A.
2019
Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies: Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 159-169
Koster, Rhonda L.; Carson, Doris A.
2019
Perspectives on Rural Tourism Geographies: Case Studies from Developed Nations on the Exotic, the Fringe and the Boring Bits in Between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 83-90
Koster, Rhonda L.; Carson, Doris A.
2019
Perspectives on rural tourism geographies: case studies from developed nations on the exotic, the fringe and the boring bits in between, Cham: Springer 2019 : 253-271
Koster, Rhonda L.; Carson, Doris A.
2018
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society 2018, Vol. 12, (2) : 11-36
Carson, Dean B.; Govan, Jeanie; Carson, Doris A.
2018
Tourism Geographies, Routledge 2018, Vol. 20, (4) : 738-742
Carson, Doris A.
2018
Journal of Rural Studies, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 64 : 230-240
Carson, Doris A.; Carson, Dean B.
2018
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Routledge 2018, Vol. 18, (2) : 183-198
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley; Eimermann, Marco
2018
Processes of immigration in rural Europe: the status quo, implications and development strategies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018 : 243-269
Eimermann, Marco; Carson, Doris A.
2018
Tourism Recreation Resarch, Routledge 2018, Vol. 43, (1) : 26-38
Nyman, Emma; Westin, Kerstin; Carson, Doris
2018
The Canadian Review of Sociology / Revue canadienne de sociologie, Vol. 55, (3) : 451-475
Peters, Paul; Carson, Dean; Porter, Robert; et al.
2017
Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 12, (2-3) : i-xi
Carson, Doris A.; Brouder, Patrick; de la Barre, Suzanne
2017
Tourism Destination Evolution, Milton Park: Routledge 2017 : 103-122
Carson, Doris A.; Carson, Dean B.
2017
Geographical Journal, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell 2017, Vol. 183, (4) : 400-413
Hedlund, Martin; Carson, Doris A.; Eimermann, Marco; et al.
2017
Journal of Rural Studies, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 54 : 469-478
Hodge, Heidi; Carson, Doris; Carson, Dean; et al.
2016
Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 16 : 13-24
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Nordin, Gabriella; et al.
2016
Comparative Population Studies, Vol. 41, (3-4) : 1-29
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Porter, Rob; et al.
2016
Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016 : 357-378
Carson, Dean B; Sköld, Peter; Carson, Doris A.; et al.
2016
Settlements at the Edge: Remote human settlements in developed nations, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016 : 178-206
Carson, Doris A.; Cleary, Jen; de la Barre, Suzanne; et al.
2016
Tourism, mobilities and development in sparsely populated areas, Routledge 2016 : 108-127
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley
2016
Tourism, mobilities and development in sparsely populated areas, Routledge 2016 : 1-12
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley; Lundmark, Linda
2016
Geographical Journal, Wiley-Blackwell 2016, Vol. 182, (2) : 114-122
Robinson, Guy M.; Carson, Doris A.
2016
Settlements at the Edge: Remote human settlements in developed nations, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016 : 49-74
Saxinger, Gertrude; Petrov, Andrey; Krasnoshtanova, Natalia; et al.
2016
Rural Society, Vol. 25, (2) : 134-153
Vuin, Ana; Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley; et al.
2015
Demystifying theories in tourism research, Wallingford: CABI Publishing 2015 : 46-63
Carson, Doris A.; Koster, Rhonda L.
2015
Managing and adapting to global change in tourism places, New York: Routledge 2015 : 115-131
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley; Hodge, Heidi
2015
Handbook on the globalisation of agriculture, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2015 : 1-28
Robinson, Guy M; Carson, Doris A
2015
Handbooks on globalisation
2015
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 24 : 9-17
Taylor, Andrew; Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; et al.
2014
Journal of Rural Studies, Elsevier 2014, Vol. 36 : 340-349
Carson, Dean B; Carson, Doris A
2014
Tourism Geographies, Taylor & Francis Group 2014, Vol. 16, (3) : 457-473
Carson, Doris A; Carson, Dean B; Hodge, Heidi
2014
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor & Francis 2014, Vol. 14, (4) : 460-479
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley
2014
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor & Francis 2014, Vol. 14, (4) : 353-366
Carson, Doris Anna; Carson, Dean Bradley; Lundmark, Linda
2014
Athens Journal of Tourism, Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 2014, Vol. 1, (4) : 239-252
Taylor, Andrew; Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.
2013
Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 42 : 1-21
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Taylor, Andrew
2013
Ecology & society, Vol. 18, (1)
Robinson, Guy M.; Carson, Doris A.
2012
Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 7, (1) : 16-36
Kainz, Thekla; Carson, Doris A.; Carson, Dean B.
2011
Drive tourism: trends and emerging markets, Abingdon: Routledge 2011 : 358-368
Carson, Dean; Schmallegger, Doris
2011
The Rangeland journal, CSIRO Publishing 2011, Vol. 33, (4) : 373-383
Carson, Doris A.; Carson, Dean B.
2011
Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 2011, Vol. 17, (1) : 13-30
Harwood, Sharon; Prideaux, Bruce; Schmallegger, Doris