Lab

International Scientific Tourism Network

About the lab

The International Scientific Tourism Network unites the Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia, Université Grenoble Alpes, Universidad Austral de Chile, University of Caxias do Sul and presently involves reseachers from Universidad de Concepción, Université du Québec à Trois Rivière amongst others.

Featured projects (2)

Project
"MISE EN TOURISME ET DYNAMIQUES TERRITORIALES DES CONFINS GEOGRAPHIQUES DE NATURE" This research focuses on territorial dynamics of borderlands and wilderness areas when tourism settles. It approches cultural and spatial geography through the theories of Social Geography of Guy DiMeo, Economies of Worth of Thevenot & Boltanski and Development Forms theories of Corneloup, Mao and Vachée.

Featured research (11)

La région de Aysén, en Patagonie chilienne, est un espace naturel montagnard, isolé, qui mise sur la science pour son développement touristique et territorial. Des porteurs de projet valorisent de manière spécifique la recherche scientifique menée sur le territoire. La science est mobilisée comme ressource dans la création de produits, d’activités récréatives et éducatives à but lucratif ou non. Les initiatives menées par des centres de recherche, universités, entrepreneurs et organisations non gouvernementales, montrent que l’acquisition et le partage des connaissances scientifiques créent des dynamiques qui participent du développement touristique et territoriale. L’espace montagnard est une ressource en tant que laboratoire pour la recherche scientifique. Il peut être un milieu pour la science citoyenne, support pour la médiation et l’interprétation scientifique. Il apparaît que les initiatives de tourisme scientifique favorisent la diversification ou la montée en qualité de l’offre territoriale et l’attractivité d’un espace isolé en transition.
The region of Aysén, in Chilean Patagonia, is an isolated natural mountainous area, which relies on science for its tourist and territorial development. Project leaders are promoting specific scientific research underway in the territory. Science is mobilized as a resource in the creation of products, recreational and educational activities, commercial or non-profit. These initiatives are carried out by research centers, universities, entrepreneurs, and non-governmental organizations and reveals that the acquisition and sharing of scientific knowledge creates local dynamics that contribute to the tourism and territorial development. By nature, the mountain environment is a resource and laboratory for cientific research. It is also a favorable environment for citizen science and an ideal upport for mediation and scientific interpretation. Scientific tourism initiatives promote a diversification and an added value that increases territorial assets and the attractiveness of an isolated but evolving area.
This paper presents empirical research that supports territorial approaches to tourism product development that ground tourism in science, as a mechanism to support sustainable tourism heritage conservation goals. Scientific Tourism (ST), in this context, builds on the scientific heritage of a geography, matching researchers with local actors and tourists, through a five-stage iterative process that leads to new scientific knowledge, advancing theory and building relevance for communities through socio-cultural and economic development. This article focuses on the initial stage of the ST product development process, documenting empirical research conducted within the geographies surrounding the Palena River watershed in the Aysén Region of Chilean Patagonia. Both geo-structured literature review methods and results are presented and discussed to illustrate how the outcomes, including a series of maps, can inform and ground actors' processes of heritage resource identification, justification, conservation, and exhibition, through the development of pilot ST initiatives within the territory. Similar research approaches may prove valuable for other low-density and peripheral geographies that share an interest in grounding tourism on the science taking place within their geography.
The article analyses the activation of the object “science” on the coast of southern Chile to create a destination for scientific tourism. A territorial resource is “revealed” through the selection and enhancement of scientific objects. A research centre acts as an articulator of the tourism development project and trans‑ forms “generic” resources to “specific” ones. New heritage milestones are created around cultural geographi‑ cal areas and relevant themes for scientists and local actors. New social links and collective dynamics allow the creation and insertion of an emerging tourist destination in the national and international scenario. Giving value to resources for the creation of a sustainable destination is carried out in 5 theoretical stages; selection, justification, conservation, exposure and valorisation. In practice, it requires the formation of a network of actors to clarify the nature of the destination and the marketing of four possible scientific tourism products: scientific and sports explorations, eco‑volunteering or cultural trips with scientific content. In this manner the Patagonian Archipelagos offers products based on scientific resources enhanced by local actors to create a sustainable destination.

Lab head

Fabien Bourlon
Department
  • Human Environment Interactions - Scientific Tourism
About Fabien Bourlon
  • Specialist in research, innovation and development support related to planning and territorial management in Chilean Patagonia. My focuses include tourism as a factor of cultural and economic change, integrated management by local stakeholders, social representations, conservation and natural resource use in borderlands in the context of socio-environmental change, constructed geographies, and Scientific Tourism as a tool for integrated local development and participatory research.

Members (7)

Philippe Bourdeau
  • University Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1
Pascal Mao
  • University Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1
Giovanni Daneri
  • Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia
Wolfgang Scholz
  • Technische Universität Dortmund
Gabriel Inostroza
  • Universidad Austral de Chile
Christian Ghymers
  • ICHEC Brussels Management School
Philippe Bourdeau
Philippe Bourdeau
  • Not confirmed yet
Jorge Rojas Hernández
Jorge Rojas Hernández
  • Not confirmed yet
Franck Michel
Franck Michel
  • Not confirmed yet
Patricio Leiva
Patricio Leiva
  • Not confirmed yet
William Bryan
William Bryan
  • Not confirmed yet
Douglas Tompkins
Douglas Tompkins
  • Not confirmed yet
francisco quezada
francisco quezada
  • Not confirmed yet
Mao Pascal
Mao Pascal
  • Not confirmed yet