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Research and development
Research and development

Academic research and Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities at MTI

New knowledge through basic academic research

The aim of our research activities is to produce new knowledge, which increases innovativeness and thus supports the comprehensive development of the many branches of tourism. New knowledge benefits both the business community and the academic world.

At MTI we pursue basic and applied academic research in the field of tourism.  Our research interests range from critical tourism research to product development and consumer research and from tourist villages of the future to nature tourism and well-being.  They also include development and application of research methods.

We publish our research results in national and international peer-reviewed scientific publications, in MTI’s own publication series, in the publication series of MTI’s background and partner organizations, and in professional and regional magazines. Our publications can be found on the list of publications and on the researchers’ home pages.

New products, ways of doing things and know-how through RDI

We carry out national and international RDI projects geared to application, which often yield new products and ways of doing things. Our RDI projects support the development of the tourism as a livelihood in the Arctic and strengthen the Institute’s expertise in tourism research, education and services. MTI is a natural environment for cooperation on RDI and other research projects and for passing on the new knowledge gained in them to the teaching process.

MTI also offers expert services, including commissioned research, from clients in the tourism business. It tailors this work to the particular needs of each client as it seeks answers to the questions at hand. Additional information and examples of expert services and research commissions can be found under Services for business and the region

Cooperating organizations

The other institutes and faculties at the University of Lapland also engage in tourism- related research. MTI’s researchers, projects and project personnel work closely with colleagues in the University’s different faculties. Other important cooperating partners are the Regional Council of Lapland, Metsähallitus, and METLA (The Finnish Forest Research Institute) as well as tourism enterprises and regional organizations throughout the province. In addition, the staff at MTI have an extensive network of international and national contacts with other researchers.


Research and RDI profile at MTI

MTI’s academic research and RDI activities are informed by the Institute’s strategic focuses: hospitality and responsibility.

The principal themes in MTI’s academic research and RDI activities are the following:

  • Northernness
  • Productizing and consumption of tourist experiences
  • Relationships to the environment in an urbanized society
  • Tourism education

These themes are closely interlinked and open up different perspectives on the Institute’s two strategic focuses (hospitality and responsibility). More specific research topics and project themes take shape in the context of the expertise and research interests of our researchers and developers.

Northernness. This theme embraces the special features of the Arctic region, such as development of tourism in peripheral areas and remote villages, taking advantage of the extreme variation between the seasons and environmentally aware and responsible development of tourism destinations in the Arctic regions, in particular the Nordic countries and the Barents Region.

Productizing and consumption of tourist experiences. The topics explored under this theme are developing tourism products with an eye to anticipating the future needs, experiences of event tourism and responsible tourism entrepreneurship.

Relationships to the environment in an urbanized society. Research in this area emphasises community planning as it relates to tourism, tourism architecture, how tourists live and the relationship urbanized tourists have to nature. Other interests under this theme are ethics, safety, disabled access and adventure tourism.

Tourism education. Activities in this area concentrate on developing tourism education between different levels of the education system; improving teaching methods; integrating education, project work and tourist areas; and values, morality and security in tourism education.

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