Research group on tourism workforce - members

Current members (09.11.2018)


First Name


Research interests

Aileen A.  Espiritu

UiT the Arctic University of Norway


Andreas Walmsley

Affiliate Researcher ITRC and University of Plymouth

 Responsible employment, youth employment, innovation in employment

Anna Vilborg  Einarsdóttir

Holar University College


Anu Harju-Myllyaho

Lapland University of Applied Sciences

MTI is currently involved in few projects that have to do with tourism employment here in Lapland and in Finland from different perspectives. I am working in one project, which aims in finding solutions for the employment issues (mainly not enough people to work in tourism) in the industry. I’m currently writing my phd on inclusion in tourism. This I consider from both visitor- and host-related perspectives, so it is related to employment as well. My interests lie also in gender-related issues and entrepreneurship.

Åse Helene Bakkevig Dagsland

University of Stavanger

the socialization of young workforce into work in the hospitality and tourism industry – all parts of this process (antecedents of their choice; their meeting with the industry; retention/turnover; the industries‘ lacking awareness of this process; leadership challenges - to mention some

Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir

Icelandic Tourism Research Centre


Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson

University of Iceland


Gustaff Onn

Södertörn University

interested in labour market generally

Heidi Kaihua

Lapland University of Applied Sciences


Íris Hrund Halldórsdóttir

Icelandic Tourism Research Centre


Kajsa Åberg

Region Vasterbotten

Ph D in human geography, Umeå University. Tourism strategist at the regional development organization of Västerbotten in northern Sweden, engaged in initiating and strengthening the connections between academia and practitioners. Research conducted at the department of geography and economic history, Umeå University, focusing the view on knowledge in the tourism industry, as found through the recruitment of the tourism workforce and the rhetoric on etrepreneurial as well as regional and national levels. Professional background in the tourism sector in Sweden and abroad, including responsibility for recruiting as an employee as well as employer.

Katrín Anna Lund

University of Iceland


Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir

University of Iceland


Mari Vahakuopus

Lapland University of Applied Sciences

point of view of leadership  & management (employer experience, leadership skills)

Maria Hakkarainen

University of Lapland

Transnational migration, precarious employment, high arctic

Marianne Ekonen

JAMK University of Applied Sciences


Merethe Lerfald

Østlandsforskning AS

labour-mobility, and seasonal-workers

Petra Blinnika

JAMK University of Applied Sciences


Richard Robinson

University of Queensland

A former chef of 18 years, Richard’s research foci broadly explores tourism and hospitality industry workforce issues. He is currently employed on a Research Fellowship to investigate ‘gaining and sustaining hospitality employment for disadvantaged groups’, and is managing a number of projects within this space. These include pathways to the open labour market for disability youth, evaluating the transformation of a homeless shelter into a residential training hotel and developing interventions to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of chefs.