Research groups and networks


Current Research Groups and Networks



TourNord: Nordic network aimed at improving tourism education

The aim of the network is to increase Nordic cooperation on sustainable development in tourism and enhance Nordic tourism education so that students will be ready to face future challenges in the field of tourism. 

Contact person: Christian Dragin-Jensen [].


Research group on social impacts of tourism

© Eyrún Jenný Bjarnadóttir

The aim of the group is to promote knowledge and understanding of the social impact of tourism.. 

Contact person: Eyrún Jenný Bjarnadóttir [].


Thematic Network on Northern and Arctic Island Studies Research

The main goal of the network is to explore how islands can be helped to develop resilient, dynamic, and sustainable communities. 

Contact person: Andrew Jennings [].


Tourism Entrepreneurship and Family Firms (Touref)

At Jökulsárlón © Íris H. HalldórsdóttirResearch group on entrepreneurship and family business in the tourism industry. 

Contact person: Íris Hrund Halldórsdóttir [] researcher at the ITRC is the groups secretary.


International Polar Tourism Research Network

IPTRN web - ScreenshotThe ITRC is an active member of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). Membership in the network includes university researchers, consultants, tourism operators, government organizations, community members, and graduate students dedicated to analysing tourism in Arctic and Antarctic settings. 


The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network

The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network - screenshot

The ITRC is a funding partner of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN). The aim of the IACN is to facilitate cooperation amongst Icelandic public and private organizations, institutions, businesses and bodies involved in Arctic issues, such as in research, education, innovation and monitoring.





Previous Research Groups and Networks



Tourism workforce - working group (2018-2021)

At Friðheimar. ©Magnfríður JúlíusdóttirThe ITRC´s Employment Working Group aims to advance and share practice-relevant knowledge on tourism employment as challenges surrounding tourism employment and the place of tourism workers remains relatively poorly researched. 

Contact person: Íris Hrund Halldórsdóttir, researcher at ITRC [].


Nordic Cruise Research Network (2016-2020)

Cruise ships, Akureyri 2018 ©Þórný BarðadóttirThe Nordic Cruise Research Network (NCRN) is a network for scholars who direct their research on cruise traffic and cruise tourism in the North. 

Contact person: Þórný Barðadóttir [] researcher at the ITRC.