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Co-Creating Tourism Research

Towards Collaborative Ways of Knowing, 1st Edition

Edited by Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, René van der Duim


188 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Co-creation has become a buzzword in many social science disciplines, in business and in tourism studies. Given the prominence of co-creation, surprisingly little discussion has evolved around its implications for research practices and knowledge production as well as what challenges there are for fulfilling the promise of co-creation in tourism research.

This book aims to contribute to this discussion by addressing how tourism research comes together as a collaborative achievement and by exploring different ways of collaborative knowledge production in tourism research. It is structured to offer, on one hand, an introduction to the ontological basis for collaborative research and, on the other hand, a set of empirical examples of how collaborative knowledge creation can inform tourism design, management, policy and education.

The theoretical accounts and empirical cases of this book display how research collaborations can offer modest, local yet often impactful insights, traces and effects. It therefore will be of value for students, researchers and academics in tourism studies as well as the wider social sciences.

Table of Contents

1. Co-creation of tourism knowledge

Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, René van der Duim

2. Balancing values: Co-creation in and out of academia

René van der Duim, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Carina Ren

3. Collaborative becoming. Exploring tourism knowledge collectives

Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson

4.Making matter in the midst of things: Engaging with tourism imponderables through research

Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Katrín Anna Lund, Carina Ren

5.Disruptive ethnography and knowledge co-creation

Peter Lugosi

6.Participatory landscape designing for tourism planning: The case of Murter Island, Croatia Marlies Brinkhuijsen, Irena Ateljevic, René van der Duim, Dion Koens, Luuk van den Berg

7.Bridge-builders, scouts and ‘idiots’. Exploring topologies of tourism student collaboration Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Carina Ren, Dejan Krizaj

8. Doing research on, for and with tourism organisations during innovation processes

Kirsti Mathiesen Hjemdahl, Tor Helge Aas

9.Engaging with wind shelters

Outi Rantala, Miia Mäkinen

10.Knowing the Aquatic Other: Unleashing Blackfish

Felicity Picken

11.Stories of Hope? Journeys in the Dark European Arctic

Britt Kramvig, Hilde Methi

12. Towards a collaborative manifesto. Configurations of tourism knowledge co-creation Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, René van der Duim

About the Editors


Carina Ren is Associate Professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University. She is interested in how tourism interferes with other fields of the social through cultural innovation and explores new ways in which tourism is developed, organised and valued. Her research often takes place in research collaborations with tourism organisations and industry, citizens and students.

Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson is Professor at the Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Iceland. His recent research has been on destination dynamics and place making with a focus on the entanglement of nature and culture. This has involved studies on entrepreneurship, innovation and policy making. He is a co-editor of Actor-Network Theory and Tourism: Ordering, materiality and multiplicity, published in 2012 with Routledge and Tourism Encounters and Controversies: Ontological Politics of Tourism Development, published with Ashgate in 2015.

René van der Duim is Professor at the Cultural Geography Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He holds a PhD on the relation between tourism and sustainable development making use of insights from actor-network theory. He has executed research and educational projects in countries like Thailand, Nepal, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Portugal and the Netherlands and is also chair of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS). He has co-edited 5 books and has published his work in journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Management.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism