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