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New interdisciplinary research project – Renewal of urban tourism development: managing sustainability as tourism flows increase

A new research project at the Department of Strategic Communication will examine the problems tourism causes for cities and create counteractive strategies. The project, which will run for four years, is funded by a SEK 19.2 million grant from Formas.
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From the left; Maria Månsson (ISK) Jörgen Eksell (ISK) Cecilia Cassinger (ISK) Michael Johansson (ISM) Lena Eskilsson (ISM) Jan Henrik Nilsson (ISM)

The number of tourists in cities is expected to rise in the future, bringing with it an increase in problems that affect cities’ sustainability. These problems vary in nature, so there is a need for broad solutions. It is therefore insufficient to work according to a single approach to sustainability, as a range of perspectives – ecological, social, cultural, economic and communicative – are also important.

The project is conducted as a collaboration between the Department of Strategic Communication and the Department of Service Management and Service Studies at Campus Helsingborg, Lund University. Participating in the project are Jörgen Eksell, Maria Månsson, Cecilia Cassinger, Michael Johansson, Jan Henrik Nilsson and Lena Eskilsson. The project’s approach stems from strategic communication, service innovation and environmental strategy, which are important perspectives in the strategies the project will present.

A study of the tourist city Helsingborg and its twin cities Pärnu in Estonia and Dubrovnik in Croatia will be conducted in order to develop innovative knowledge and strategies to combat the problems caused by increased tourism. Other important tourist cities, such as Stockholm and Copenhagen will also be included in the study.

For more information, please contact:
Jörgen Eksell (project manager)
Email: jorgen [dot] eksell [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 42 356617

Maria Månsson (project manager)                   
Email: maria [dot] mansson [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 42 356547                                   

Project managers

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Jörgen Eksell and Maria Månsson

Jörgen Eksell
Email: jorgen [dot] eksell [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 42 356617

Maria Månsson                 
Email: maria [dot] mansson [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 42 356547                                   

The researchers comment on the project

“Our research project will lead to innovative solutions for managing the social problems created by the increasing streams of visitors to cities. We consider that strategic communication, ecosystem services and sustainability strategies in the tourist sector can contribute solutions to some of the problems.” 

“The project will elucidate how ecosystem services in city environments can be maintained and developed through increased knowledge about tourism’s direct and indirect environmental effects.”

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Lund University | Campus Helsingborg
Visiting address: Universitetsplatsen 2 Helsingborg
Postal address: Box 882, 251 08 Helsingborg, Sweden
Phone:
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Email: info [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se

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