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Roger Marjavaara

Dr. Roger Marjavaara is associate professor in tourism geography. He is coordinator of the tourism programme. Focus of the research is towards the causes and effect of human mobility.

Research qualifications: Docent

Works at

Associate professor at Department of Geography Section: Geography
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 2& 3 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I am acting as Associate Professor, specializing in tourism, at the department of Geography. I obtained my Ph.D. in 2008 on a dissertation dealing with second home tourism and displacement in Sweden (download here). I have previous experience from work in the Swedish tourism trade as sales representative, product coordinator and tourism office manager. Currently I am in charge of the bachelor programme in tourism at Umeå University.

My research interest is primarily within tourism and human mobility, and especially second home tourism. Other interest lie in the field of air transport, shopping tourism, package holidays, and the effect of artificially modified environments. I have also done studies on post-mortal mobility in a project funded by the Swedish research council (VR). I have been a visiting scholar at the University of the West of England (UK) and the University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

I am a member of several international research networks, such as International Geographical Union - Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change (IGUST), Nordic Tourism and Hospitality Research Society (NORTHORS) and International Smalls Island Studies Association (ISISA).

My profile on Google Scholar.

Academic merits:
Associate professor (Umeå University-2016), Assistant professor (Umeå University-2009), Ph.D. (Umeå University-2008), MSc (Umeå University-1998), BSc (University of Kalmar-1997)

Primarily, I teach on courses in tourism geography, but also on courses in retail geography and geographical information systems (GIS). I frequently supervise students on bachelor- and masters' level and act as supervisor for Ph.D. students. I am also involved in teaching on the Geography teachers education. In 2012, I was awarded the pedagogical prize of the Social science faculty at Umeå University, for best teacher.

Courses I teach:
Introduction to tourism (2KG019), Destinations (2KG018), Events (2KG072), Tourism planning (2KG024), Retail geography (2KG050), 3D-modelling and visual analysis (2KG605), Transport-GIS (2KG604), Hotel (2KG077), Tourism-GIS (2KG075)


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Marjavaara, Roger
Dödens geografi, Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi 2024 : 7-31
Marjavaara, Roger
Urban Research and Practice
Adamiak, Czesław; Marjavaara, Roger
The international journal of tourism research, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 24, (4) : 536-549
Back, Andreas; Marjavaara, Roger; Müller, Dieter K.
Polar Geography, Taylor & Francis 2022, Vol. 45, (2) : 119-136
Marjavaara, Roger; Nilsson, Robert O.; Müller, Dieter K.
Historisk Tidskrift, Stockholm: Svenska Historiska Föreningen 2020, Vol. 140, (2) : 358-360
Marjavaara, Roger
Anthropos, Vol. 114, (1) : 273-275
Marjavaara, Roger
Turismen och resandets utmaningar, Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi 2019 : 53-77
Marjavaara, Roger; Müller, Dieter K.; Back, Andreas
Ikaros, Folkets bildningsförbund 2018, Vol. 15, (1) : 9-13
Back, Andreas; Marjavaara, Roger
The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 : 98-111
Hoogendoorn, Gijsbert; Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism Geographies, London: Routledge 2017, Vol. 19, (4) : 596-611
Back, Andreas; Marjavaara, Roger
Applied Mobilities, Routledge 2017, Vol. 2, (2) : 166-181
Marjavaara, Roger
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.
Population, Space and Place, Vol. 22, (3) : 228-240
Marjavaara, Roger; Lundholm, Emma
Journal of Tourism History, Routledge 2015, Vol. 7, (1-2) : 179-181
Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism Planning & Development, Taylor & Francis 2015, Vol. 12, (3) : 251-265
Robertsson, Louise; Marjavaara, Roger
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor & Francis Group 2013, Vol. 13, (4) : 281-298
Lundmark, Linda; Marjavaara, Roger
Geografiska Notiser, Vol. 71, (2) : 60-64
Marjavaara, Roger
Nyckeln till Svenska kyrkan: en skrift om organisation, verksamhet och ekonomi 2013, Uppsala: Svenska Kyrkan 2013 : 19-31
Marjavaara, Roger
Mortality, London: Routledge 2012, Vol. 17, (3) : 256-275
Marjavaara, Roger
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, Vol. 103, (1) : 53-68
Müller, Dieter K.; Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism, Vol. 60, (3) : 293-305
Nordin, Urban; Marjavaara, Roger
Malmö: Liber AB 2011
Lundmark, Linda; Marjavaara, Roger; Müller, Dieter K.
Plan, Stockholm: Föreningen för samhällsplanering 2011, Vol. 65, (3) : 14-19
Müller, Dieter K.; Marjavaara, Roger; Nordin, Urban
Nordic Tourism: Issues and Cases, Channel View, Clevedon 2009 : -
Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism and Hospitality Planning & Development, Vol. 6, (3) : 207-219
Marjavaara, Roger
GERUM, ISSN 1402-5205
Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism Geographies, London: Taylor & Francis 2007, Vol. 9, (3) : 296-317
Marjavaara, Roger
Island Studies Journal, Charlottetown: Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island 2007, Vol. 2, (1) : 27-46
Marjavaara, Roger
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Oslo: Taylor & Francis in coop. with the Norwegian School of Hotel Management in Stavanger 2007, Vol. 7, (3) : 202-222
Marjavaara, Roger; Müller, Dieter K.
Geografiska Notiser, (2-3) : 17-23
Marjavaara, Roger; Strömgren, Magnus
Turistdelegationen, Stockholm 2005
Lundmark, Linda; Marjavaara, Roger
Tourism, Vol. 53, (1) : 3-16
Lundmark, Linda; Marjavaara, Roger
PLAN - The Swedish Journal of Planning: English edition 2005-2006 : 15-19
Müller, Dieter K; Marjavaara, Roger
Recent Trends in Tourism: The Baltic and the World, Greifswald 2004 : 233-252
Marjavaara, Roger; Müller, Dieter K.
Plan : tidskrift för planering av landsbygd och tätorter, Stockholm: Föreningen för samhällsplanering 2004, (2-3) : 19-23
Müller, Dieter K.; Marjavaara, Roger
Åberg, Kajsa G.; Marjavaara, Roger