Philip Hancock is a Professor of Work and Organisation at Essex Business School at the University of Essex. His academic background is in theoretical and qualitative sociology, and he holds an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory from the University of Warwick and a PhD from Keele University. His research interests include practices of organisational aestheticisation, the architectural management of space and place, practices of interactive service work and, in particular, the production and reproduction of socio-economic and organisational relations at Christmas. He has published widely in leading journals in the field of organisation studies and sociology and has published books such as Work, Postmodernism and Organization: A Critical Introduction (Sage) and Art and Aesthetics at Work (Palgrave). He is an editorial board member of the journals Organization Studies, Organization and Work, Employment and Society.
Katrín Anna Lund
Katrín Anna Lund is Professor at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland. She is a Social Anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester 1998. She has done research in Spain, Scotland and Iceland, as well as in Northern Norway and Finnish Lapland. Her research has focused on tourism, travel and the perception of landscape, but landscape studies have been central in her work on travel and tourism with a special emphasis on walking and narratives. In recent years she has been working on projects about destination creation in north west Iceland and about Northern light tourism in collaboration with researchers from Alta, Norway and Rovaniemi, Finland. She has published his research in various books and journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourist Studies, Cultural Geographies and Gastronomy and Tourism.
Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson
Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson is Professor at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland. In his research, he has studied how tourism realities emerge and relate to other facets of life. 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 and has been carried out in Iceland, Norway and Finland. He understands research as collaborative practice, which enacts realities as much as it describes them. He has published his research in various books and journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourist Studies and Cultural Geographies. Most recently, he co-edited a volume titled: Co-creating Tourism Research: Towards Collaborative Ways of Knowing, published with Routledge in 2018.
Laufey Haraldsdóttir is Assistant Professor and Department Head in the Rural Tourism Department at Holar University College in North Iceland. She holds a Dr. Vet. Med. degree from Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Master in Ethnology from University of Iceland. Laufey´s research interests are in areas of food and tourism, local culture and tourism, place making in tourism and rural tourism. Her interests and engagements are also in the area of equality within Universities and quality issues and curriculum development in tourism studies in higher education.
Minni Haanpää is Senior Lecturer at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland. She has recently completed her doctoral dissertation that looks into events as co-creational arenas where different actors practice their knowledge. Voluntary workers take part in the co-creation of the event and are important actors and informants in producing the events’ service culture. Her research asks: how can the knowledge of voluntary workers be understood in the event co-creation processes? It explores theoretically and empirically how the different forms of knowledge work and manifest during the event production. Minni’s other research interests are in the areas of event and tourism experiences, tourism product development, ethnographic methodology, and pedagogic practice in the higher education of tourism. Recently, she has been keen to develop her skills in visual methodologies, particularly videography.
José-Carlos García-Rosell is Senior Lecturer at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland. He holds a Master in Agricultural Economics (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), Licenciate in Marketing (University of Oulu) and PhD in Management (University of Lapland). José-Carlos’ research interests are in areas of responsible tourism, corporate social responsibility (CSR), service design, destination development and tourism/management education. He has preferences for methodologies such as ethnography and action research. Recently, he has been working with studies related to Christmas as an organizational and tourism phenomenon. He has published his research in various books and journals such as Management Learning, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Leisure and Society.
Teija Tekoniemi-Selkälä is Senior Lecturer at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences. She has a Master in Economics from the University of Vaasa. Teija has over 20 years of working experience in both private and public tourism organizations. She has been involved in various research-, development and educational projects. These projects create a basis for her professional ambition to integrate theory and practice. Teija teaches mainly professional studies related to destination management, quality management, tourism product development and tourism experiences in both Finnish and English tourism degree programmes.
Marjukka Turunen (M.Soc.SC) graduated as a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Lapland. Major studies were Tourism Research and Cultural Tourism. Marjukka currently teaches at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Finland, in the areas of activity tourism and sports & leisure management. Marjukka’s specialties include the areas of activity outdoor tourism, nature, well-being tourism and wellbeing related sports, sports and exercise instruction. She is a Project manager of RestoRus. RestoRus is a Tourism Bachelor degree education project for students who speak Russia as their native or second language.
Peter Stricker (Dipl.-SpOek) graduated as Sports Economist with addition European Master of Sport Management from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Before that, he gathered versatile experiences in the banking business as customer consultant and in the departments of foreign trade and marketing. After his emigration to Finland in 2004, he founded and ran his own tourism services company until 2014. Peter currently teaches at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Finland, in the areas of activity tourism and sports & leisure management. Next to being a lecturer, he is holding the positions as Head of the English Tourism Bachelor's Degree Program as well as International Academic Coordinator. Peter’s specialties include the areas of activity outdoor tourism, nature, adventure and well-being tourism, tourism and sport product development as well as experience creating in tourism. During the last years, Peter has participated in several national and international tourism related projects. Current projects are an Erasmus+ project “ADVENT” (Adventure Tourism in vocational education and training) and Outdoors Kainuu (planning and marketing trails in the Kainuu region).