Tourism, Climate Change and the Geopolitics of Arctic Development

The Critical Case of Greenland

October 2021
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    27th October 2021
  • ISBN 9781789246728
  • Language English
  • Pages 264 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Greenland is becoming a critically important territory in terms of tourism, climate change and competition for resource access, yet it has been poorly represented in academic literature.

Tourism now features as a major source of income for the territory alongside fisheries. Cruise tourism is increasing rapidly, and might superficially appear to be best suited to Greenlandic conditions, given the lack of large-scale accommodation infrastructure and almost non-existent land routes between settlements. Ironically, one of the most spectacular tourist attractions is the large number of icebergs that are being calved as the result of glacier retreat and ice cap melting, both appearing to be taking place at ever increasing rates. As a consequence of ice removal, the territory's claimed extensive range of mineral resources, not least rare earth elements and hydrocarbons, are becoming more accessible for exploitation and, thereby, are acting increasingly as the focus for geopolitical competition.

This book explores the nature of dynamics between tourism, climate change and the geopolitics of natural resource exploitation in the Arctic and examines their interrelationships specifically in the critical context of Greenland, but within a framework that emphasizes the wider global implications of the outcomes of such interrelationships.

This book is the first to explore these interrelationships in depth in English.

Part 1: Arctic Context
1: Framing the Arctic
2: The Changing Role of the Arctic: Transforming Peripherality
3: Arctic Tourism: Sustainability, Resilience and Identity
Part 2: Dynamic Greenland
4: Evolving Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)
5: Greenland’s ‘Self-Sustainability’
6: Greenlandic Identity and Culture within Development Processes, including: The Renegotiation of Greenlandic Identity by Kirsten Thisted
7: Tourism Supporting Greenland’s Aspirations
8: Peripherality, Tourism and Geopolitical Dimensions of Accessibility in Greenland
9: Fulcrum of Climate Change?
10: Tourism and Imagery: Soft Power, Branding and Cultural Disconnection,
Including: Understanding Adventure Tourism by Chinese Outbound Tourists by Rong Huang
11: Paradoxes of Cruise Tourism to Greenland
12: Greenlandic Independence and Tourism Futures – Exploring the Logics of Modernity and Indigeneity, by Carina Ren and Mette Simonsen Abildgaard
Part 3: Conclusions
13: Summary and Conclusions

Derek R. Hall

Derek R. Hall has studied geography, anthropology and tourism for over 40 years, his experience includes:
1970 BA (Hons) 2i University of London (External): Geography with Social Anthropology
1970-4 Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Polytechnic of North London
1973 Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics, University of Portsmouth
1974 Temporary Assistant Research Officer, Scottish Development Department, Edinburgh
1974-1995 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Reader, Geography and Tourism, Sunderland Polytechnic/University
1978 PhD University of London (External): Social and Political Geography
1978 British Council Young Scientist in India: Delhi School of Economics; Osmania University, Hyderabad; Centre for Social and Economic Research, Bangalore
1984 British Council funded researcher in Mongolia: University of Ulan Bataar
1986-91 Part-time tour leader for Regent Holidays in Europe and Asia
1995-2004 Head of Department, Tourism and Leisure Management, Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, Ayrshire.
1998 Personal Chair in Regional Development
External examiner at various levels and visiting professor/senior research fellow at a number of universities, including HAMK University of Applied Technology, Finland (1997-2012). Most recent role with Plymouth University.

Greenland tourism; Arctic tourism; Tourism impacts in Greenland; Nature tourism in Greenland; Arctic Cruise tourism; Greenland cruises; Climate change Greenland; Ice cap melt in Greenland; Glacier retreat Greenland; Economic development in Greenland; Resource exploitation in Greenland; Indigenous peoples of Greenland; Geopolitics in the Arctic region