BiographyAs a researcher and university teacher, I am interested in how tourism links to other fields of the social through cultural innovation. Using ethnographic, digital and design methods, I explore connections between tourism, business and city development, branding and event initiatives and strategies within these fields. Often - and preferably, in research collaborations with relevant actors and users such as industry, government, citizens and students.
In my research, I look at how innovative and often collaborative set-ups (public-private, volunteering, digital) interfere with how tourism is organised, developed and valued. I explore Smart Tourism initiatives and mega-events such as the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and Arctic Winter Games 2016 as innovative collaboration platforms. In the recent past, I have engaged in my research with user-centered Green City Tourism development in Copenhagen, the materialities of branding at the Danish 'Welfairytale' pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai 2010 and the 'Possible Greenland' exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2012 as a 'futuring device'.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Tourism Development, Knowledge collaboration, Cultural Innovation, Valuation, Actor-Network Theory