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Pamela Bachmann-Vargas

Imaginaries | nature-based tourism | remote peripheries | nature conservation | interdisciplinary research.

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Affiliation
Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Geography Section: Geography
Location
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 2& 3 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

As of the 6th of October 2022, I started as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Geography Department at Umeå University. My research focuses on social-ecological interactions at the periphery, with an emphasis on nature-based tourism and nature conservation. In my postdoc project, I aim to explore the post-Covid-19 imaginaries of nature-based tourism in remote peripheral areas, looking at two case studies: Abisko, northern Sweden, and Villa O'Higgins, Patagonia, Chile.

In November 2021, I received my PhD affiliated with the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In my dissertation, I focused on discourses and practices on nature-based tourism, salmon aquaculture and nature conservation, and their implications for the (de)peripheralization of Northern Patagonia, Chile.

Originally from Chile, I have an interdisciplinary background built upon my undergraduate studies in ecology (University of Chile), and graduate studies in ecosystem ecology (University of Chile) and environmental management (University of Kiel, Germany).  Moreover, I have more than ten years of experience working both as a consultant and as a researcher.

Recently, I have been granted an initiation grant funded by STINT, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, around the topic of cryotourism.

I also have a strong interest on sustainability transformations and transformative methods for research and education. When I teach, I always aim for interactive teaching activities. I very much enjoy art-inspired discussions. While in Umeå, I am also part of the Umeå Transformation Research Initiative (UTRI), through the UTRI Young Researcher Network.

You can follow me on ResearchGate and on LinkedIn

Conservation and Society
Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela; van Koppen, C.S.A. (Kris); Lamers, Machiel
Tourism and conservation-based development in the periphery: lessons from Patagonia for a rapidly changing world, Springer Nature 2023 : 201-228
Serenari, Christopher; Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela
Marine Spatial Planning in the Tropical Atlantic: From a Tower of Babel to collective intelligence
Toonen, Hilde; Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela; Keijser, Xander
Journal of Ecotourism, Routledge 2022, Vol. 21, (1) : 1-17
Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela; van Koppen, C.S.A. (Kris); Lamers, Machiel
Marine Policy, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 124
Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela; van Koppen, C.S.A. (Kris); Lamers, Machiel
Journal of Environment and Development, Sage Publications 2020, Vol. 29, (3) : 366-390
Bachmann-Vargas, Pamela; van Koppen, C.S.A. (Kris)

While in Umeå I have taught the following modules:

2024

  • 6th workshop of the Young Economic Geographers Network (YEGN), 3-5 June 2024, Umeå. Activity: workshop on transformative/creative methods. 
  • PhD course Communication and Transdisciplinary Methods in Arctic Research, Arctic Graduate School. Activity: 3-hour workshop on transformative methods, Rovaniemi, Finland.  
  • MSc. course Local and Regional Development. Topic: tourism development in the periphery (north/south). Activity: lecture and discussion based on news articles.
  • MSc. course Global equality. Topic: sustainable development and climate change. Activity: lecture, discussion, and role-play seminar.
  • MSc. course Population, Migration and Mobility. Topic: environmental mobilities. Activity: paper discussion using art-based methods.

2023

  • MSc. course Local and Regional Development. Topic: ecosystem services. Activity: Journal Club.
  • MSc. course Population, Migration and Mobility. Topic: environmental mobilities. Activity: paper discussion using art-based methods.
  • Msc. course, joint session with Human Geography and Planning Theory course. Activity: Academic writing Workshop 1: How to read articles; Academic writing Workshop 2: How to write articles.