The network will work to address gaps in knowledge about northern tourism through comparative, circumpolar research. Such research will expand our understanding of tourism issues with particular relevance for current challenges and future needs. Data will contribute to community needs as well as courses taught at a variety of post-secondary levels, and the wider academic tourism literature.
The network will use a variety of methods to disseminate knowledge, including conferences, publications, community meetings and student study materials. The network aims to undertake research and education which:
- Is interdisciplinary
- Is circumpolar
- Is relevant to northerners and northern communities
- Reflects local knowledge
- Is collaborative
- Builds on our strengths to provide innovative outcomes
- Empowers though education.
The network is always in search of additional partners within academic, community, and government realms.
The network also seeks to work collaboratively with other University of the Arctic thematic networks, such as Arctic Safety and Security, and Arctic Coastal Communities and Sustainability, who deal with related topics. The network is also closely aligned to external networks such as the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN).
In 2014 the network hosted two sessions at ICASS VIII in Prince George, Canada A number of network members collaborated on the article Arctic Tourism: Realities & Possibilities which was published in the 2014 issue of The Arctic Yearbook.
The network had a strong presence at both the 4th IPTRN conference hosted in Christchurch/Akaroa, New Zealand (2014) and the 5th IPTRN conference hosted in Akureyri/Raufarhöfn, Iceland (2016).
In 2015, seven network partners were successful in receiving funding for the Master’s program developed by the network between 2008 and 2010. This funding came from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and lasts through 2018. So far the project has held one planning meeting and run both a Masters level field course with 33 participants in August 2016, and an online course with 28 participants in Oct./Nov. 2016.
In September 2016, the network held business meetings and hosted two sessions in the science program at the 1st University of the Arctic Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In January 2017, the seven network partners working on the SIU-funded project will meet again to evaluate course offerings run thus far, plan for a second online course in spring 2017, and determine future prospects for collaboration and continued funding of the program.
Several network members will be providing chapters to the book project resulting from the 1st University of the Arctic Congress; to be published by Springer Nature in late 2017.
The network will also host a session, in cooperation with the IPTRN, at ICASS IX in Umeå, Sweden (June 2017).