Edward Huijbens

Edward Huijbens
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Department of Cultural Geography

PhD Geography

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October 2015 - present
University of Akureyri
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This chapter will focus on geographical contributions to tourism studies in Nordic scholarship. The chapter provides a thematised overview of the ways in which tourism dynamics and developments have been understood and researched by Nordic geographers. The themes are drawn from a bibliometric analysis and are arranged around the key geographical co...
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Understanding the psychology of human-wildlife interactions has grown beyond cognitive frameworks to include appreciation of roles played by emotion in human responses to wildlife. From its beginnings as an essentially cognitively framed proposition, mental modeling has been shown readily applicable to representing and interpreting stakeholder pers...
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Commercialisation of resources taken from commons is considered problematic in several ways in traditional commons scholarship. In particular common-pool resource (CPR) theory argues that institutions for collective action such as commons are largely autonomous, experiencing little influence from either the market or the state, and focusing only on...
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This book explores the development and significance of an Earth-oriented progressive approach to fostering global wellbeing and inclusive societies in an era of climate change and uncertainty. Developing Earthly Attachments in the Anthropocene examines the ways in which the Earth has become a source of political, social, and cultural theory in time...
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Since the late twentieth century, ecotourism—an alternative to mass tourism with a focus on natural environments—has grown in popularity. Ecotourism destinations are platforms for informal education and exemplify environmental stewardship and conservation. Iceland, an island nation in the North Atlantic, is one area of the world that has seen drama...
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The emergent theme of slow adventure suggests potential for a more sustainable form of tourism in sparsely populated and remote areas. However, research into viable consumer markets, mind-sets and ideologies, and ways to address them, has been lacking to date. This lacuna is addressed with results from a three-year European research project. First,...
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p>This chapter explains mobilities in terms of the infrastructure developed for urban tourism in Iceland spurred by the rise of the creative city discourse. Access to and access within the city are fundamental to a city’s status when it comes to globalised urban tourism. The development of airports, high-speed mass transits and attractions such as...
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This article is a theoretical contribution to inform scholarship on tourism destination development and dynamics. Our point of departure is the prevailing linear ‘economic growth paradigm’ animating tourism development discourse and practice. Through this discourse, people, landscapes, heritage and artefacts become valued as commodities and claims...
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This paper will present a systematic review of the main publications for landscape and tourism research in Scopus and polish language databases. These were used to identify papers on landscape and tourism published from January 2003 to September 2013. A total of 382 articles and 37 other sources were identified, but 116 analysed. The analysis, focu...
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This paper analyses tourism in Iceland using fractional integration and taking into account the seasonality and the degree of persistence in the data. Using annual data, the unit root hypothesis cannot be rejected, implying permanency of shocks. However using, monthly data, a break is found at 2009m7 and the orders of integration are in the interva...
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This editorial provides an introduction to the special issue of Resources on Sustainable Tourism and Natural Resource Conservation in the Polar Regions, which proceeds the fifth bi-annual conference of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). The conference and coinciding community workshop on tourism development were organized at...
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This paper details the state of affairs of welfare and social equality in Iceland in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008. The main focus of the paper is on the perceived role of the welfare state and to what extent public policy departed from a neoliberal agenda in the wake of the meltdown. At the same time, we argue how the policy struggled...
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This paper details the state of affairs of welfare and social equality in Iceland in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008. The main focus of the paper is on the perceived role of the welfare state and to what extent public policy departed from a neoliberal agenda in the wake of the meltdown. At the same time, we argue how the policy struggled...
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This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the neoliberal production of anxiety in academic faculty members in universities in Northern Europe. The paper focuses on neoliberalization as it is instantiated through audit and ranking systems designed to produce academia as a space of economic efficiency and intensifying competition. We suggest that...
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The Arctic is affected by global environmental change and also by diverse interests from many economic sectors and industries. Over the last decade, various actors have attempted to explore the options for setting up integrated and comprehensive trans-boundary systems for monitoring and observing these impacts. These Arctic Observation Systems (AOS...
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This chapter deals with landscapes and the ways in which they are presented to and encountered by tourists visiting Iceland, and in land-use controversies surrounding tourism development. The aim of the chapter is to show how wilderness and natural landscapes in Iceland are given voice and agency, enabling them encounters with the visiting tourist....
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In J. Kolen, J. Renes and R. Hermans (Eds.) Landscape Biographies. Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 47-67
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Recent years have seen an exponential growth in political, economic and scientific ties between Iceland and China. While there is a rising consensus amongst the Icelandic political and entrepreneurial elite that engagement with China can strengthen Iceland’s strategic position, less is known about how the general Icelandic public views this engagem...
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The highland interior of Iceland is a landscape transformed by practices of automotive travel. In this chapter we trace the authorship of this landscape through some biographical accounts of those who established such practices in the fijirst half of the 20th century. We relate this history to dilemmas that are evident in the present, concerning lan...
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Shani and Arad (2014) claimed that tourism scholars tend to endorse the most pessimistic assessments regarding climate change, and that anthropogenic climate change was a “fashionable” and “highly controversial scientific topic”. This brief rejoinder provides the balance that is missing from such climate change denial and skepticism studies on clim...
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This final response to the two climate change denial papers by Shani and Arad further highlights the inaccuracies, misinformation and errors in their commentaries. The obfuscation of scientific research and the consensus on anthropogenic climate change may have significant long-term negative consequences for better understanding the implications of...
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Shani and Arad (2014) claimed that tourism scholars tend to endorse the most pessimistic assessments regarding climate change, and that anthropogenic climate change was a “fashionable” and “highly controversial scientific topic”. This brief rejoinder provides the balance that is missing from such climate change denial and skepticism studies on clim...
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This article details the findings of research undertaken on cruise ship operations around Iceland and in the North Atlantic in the year 2013 and until the end of the summer season 2014. The focus of the research was on the socioeconomic impact of cruise ship arrivals on small and/or peripheral destinations in Iceland, set within the context of crui...
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Með mikilli fjölgun erlendra ferðamanna hefur ferðaþjónustan fest sig í sessi sem ein af meginstoðum íslensks atvinnulífs og miklar vaentingar eru bundnar við uppbyggingu ferðaþjónustu í ýmsum íslenskum landsbyggðum þar sem sam-þjöppun og taekniþróun hefur leitt til mikillar faekkunar starfa í sjávarútvegi og landbúnaði. Greiðar samgöngur eru hins...
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Greinin snýst um að draga fram álitamál í tengslum við þróun deilihagkerfisins í heiminum í samhengi íslenskrar ferðaþjónustu. Í henni er leitast við að skýra lykilhugtök, forsendur og virkni deilihagkerfisins og hvernig það getur örvað frumkvöðlastarf í ferðaþjónustu og eflt mannauð og nýsköpun. Á sama tíma er varað við skuggahlið-um deilihagkerfi...
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Þessi grein er unnin upp úr þremur erindum sem haldin voru í málstofu á Hugvísindaþingi við Háskóla Íslands vorið 2013. Málstofan var auglýst undir heitinu Iceland – Niceland – Disneyland: Frá verufræði til verkefna í ferðaþjónustu og snérist hún um hvort – og þá hvernig – ferðaþjónusta er óðum að breyta íslensku samfélagi í gegnum markaðssetningu...
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This paper explores the relationship between Icelandic regional policy and tourism development. It is inspired by the efforts of the Icelandic government to introduce industry clusters in tourism development over the last few years. With tourism gaining increasing recognition as a central pillar of the national economy and clustering being seen as...
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The Anthropocene is a proposed term for a new phase in the history of both humanity and the Earth – a geological epoch in which their respective forces intertwine on a planetary scale. As a concept, the Anthropocene has recently gained momentum also in the humanities and the social sciences, but not yet in Tourism Studies. The aim of this paper is...
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This chapter explores the growth of tourism in Iceland in the context of tourism policy and strategy as it manifests in the wake of the financial crash in autumn 2008. Tourism in Iceland has grown from being practically nonexistent in the mid-twentieth century to being one of the three key sectors of the economy. This growth and the role of tourism...
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This paper is based on a case study on a Chinese investment proposal in Iceland and sets out to explore the different ways in which actors from different backgrounds, with an extensive range of expectations and ideas of what a destination could and should be, produce and sustain ideas about tourism development. Our point of departure is how tourism...
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This article will discuss the ways in which landscapes have been conceptualised in current literature building on notions of escape to and well-being with nature, and how the tourist has been placed in that context. Drawing among other things on Gadamer’s understanding of the concept of the horizon, as well as Deleuzian understandings of relatio...
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This article explores images in Icelandic tourism promotion and marketing. The empirical material presented is of two origins. First, images from tourist brochures promoting rural tourism in Iceland are explored. Second, the content of national marketing campaigns associated with marketing diversification in Icelandic tourism in the first years of...
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Given that tourism is an ''earthly business'', why is it that the Earth rarely explicitly appears in tourism studies and tourism theory? In an attempt to grapple with this paradox, this paper seeks to contribute to a conceptual re-cognition of the Earth in tourism theory by probing some theoretical obstacles and possibilities. The paper demonstrate...
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This article deals with the rural community of Fjallabyggð in North Iceland and second home inhabitants of the constituent villages of Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður. Up to a quarter of the housing in these villages is owned by people with their registered residence elsewhere. The article asks whether and how the owners of these houses contribute to...
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This paper explores whaling and whale watching to determine the viability of their divergent practices – and explains why they coexist in some cases. Whale watching is often viewed as an ecotourism product and presented as an activity that is fast growing, holds potential for local regeneration, promotes conservation and sustainable practice and is...
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The paper deals with the complex meaning of risk for tourism mobilities. The impact of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption on tourism in Iceland is outlined, as well as the response of Icelandic tourist authorities. A survey in June and July 2010 among international tourists in the country revealed that for many the eruption had added considerable depth...
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This paper deals with the development of Iceland as a wellness destination with specific focus on a development project in the north-east (NE) of the country. Iceland is known as a destination for nature-based tourism with the vast majority of people visiting the country for the wilderness or natural elements. Complementing the nature-based tourism...
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In 2008 Iceland became the poster child for the global financial crash, but how has it fared since?Edward Huijbens and Huginn Freyr Þorsteinsson report. Iceland's financial crisis was precipitated by mass privatisation, deregulation of the banking sector and soaring personal debt. But the IMF solution has not been as radical as many feared, write E...
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This paper discusses the social history, attitudes, and understanding of approaches to the utilisation of wetlands, their drainage, preservation, management, and research. The analysis is in two phases; the manifestation of wetlands in map making in Iceland; and the social history of wetlands. Both phases focus on the 20th century until the present...
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The paper describes the history and current enactments of automobility in the highland interior of Iceland and interprets this phenomenon through the notion of spatial history. We elucidate how the currently widespread practices of automotive travel in the highlands are mediated through the technological assemblage of the ‘jeep’ and its user. We ar...
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This article is an approximation towards bridging the existing gap between physical and human geography. Examples are taken from research methodology in glacial geomorphology and established how these methods relate to larger ontological questions about human relations with nature. An attempt will be made to answer these questions with reference...
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This article describes briefly some recent research about the concept of space. An argument is advanced about the understanding of space as a constant state of becoming, since space can in no way be understood as separate from time. The emphasis in on how time is weaved into space by the subject and by being in space these actualise the always pres...
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Recognize and explain social, cultural, economic, institutional and regulatory contexts of different industries' innovation systems; Gain a conceptual understanding of innovation systems in tourism; Understand the most recent trends in tourism entrepreneurship and innovation; Understand the power structures and relations in the process of tourism d...

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