Research groups


Tourism workforce - working group

At Friðheimar. ©Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir

The 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 [].


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.



Nordic Cruise Research Network

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.  



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.