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Pamela Bachmann-Vargas

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

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Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Geography Units: Geography
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 exploring research topics around cryotourism and environmental mobilities that play out in the so called 'Global Arctic'. 

When I teach, I always aim for interactive teaching-learning activities. I very much enjoy art-inspired discussions

You can follow me on ResearchGate and on LinkedIn

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)