Human Geography and Tourism Geographies

Professor Jarkko Saarinen

Jarkko Saarinen

PhD

Professor
Geography

Biography

Jarkko Saarinen is a Professor of Geography. His research interests include sustainable development, political ecology, tourism and development, responsibility in tourism, tourism-community relations, tourism and climate change adaptation, community-based natural resource management and wilderness studies. He has been working extensively in the peripheral areas of the Arctic and southern African regions. His recent publications include edited/co-edited books: Tourism and sustainable development goals (Routledge, 2020), Resilient Destinations (2019, Routledge), Borderless Worlds for Whom? (2019, Routledge), Tourism Planning and Development (2017, Routledge), Political Ecology and Tourism (2016, Routledge) and Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa (2016, Channel View).

 

Research interests

  • tourism
  • development studies
  • human geography
  • political ecology
  • conservation and wilderness studies
  • climate change adaptation
  • community studies

Selected Recent Publications

 

 

Saarinen, J. (ed.)(2020).Tourism and sustainable development goals: Research on sustainable tourism geographies. In Saarinen, J. (Ed.), Tourism and sustainable development goals: Research on sustainable tourism geographies (pp. 1-10). London, Routledge.

Santarém, F., Saarinen, J. & J.C. Brito (2020). Mapping and analysing cultural ecosystem services in conflict areas. Ecological Indicators, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105943

Saarinen, J. (2020). Wilderness tourism: Nature-based tourist experiences in wild places. In R. Sharpley (ed.), Handbook of Tourist Experiences, pp. XX-XX. Routledge, London. (in editing process).

Hambira, W., Saarinen, J. & O. Moses (2020). Climate change policy in a world of uncertainty: Changing environment, knowledge and tourism in Botswana. African Geographical Review, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2020.1719366

Demiroglu, O.C., Lundmark, L.., J. Saarinen (2020). The last resort? Ski tourism and climate change in Arctic Sweden. Journal of Tourism Futures, DOI: 10.1108/JTF-05-2019-0046

 Kimaro, E. & J. Saarinen (2020). Tourism and poverty alleviation in the Global South: Emerging corporate social responsibility in the Namibian nature-based tourism industry. In Stone, M., Lenao, M. & N. Moswete (Eds), Natural Resources, Tourism and Community Livelihoods in Southern Africa, pp. 123-142. Routledge, London.

Santarém, F., Saarinen, J. & J.C. Brito (2019). Desert Conservation and Management: Ecotourism. In Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11827-5

 Chiutsi, S. & J. Saarinen (2019). The limits of inclusivity and sustainability in transfrontier peace parks: Case of Sengwe community in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Zimbabwe. Critical African Studies, 11(3), 348-360.

Saarinen, J. & S. Wall-Reinius (2019). Enclaves in tourism: Producing and governing exclusive spaces for tourism. Tourism Geographies, 21(5), pp. 739-748. Dou: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2019.1668051

 Wieckowski, M. & J. Saarinen (2019). Tourism Transitions and Changes, and the Creation of New Spaces and Places in Central-Eastern Europe. Geographia Polonica 92 (4), 92, 369-377

Saarinen, J. & A. Varnajot (2019). The Arctic in tourism: Complementing and contesting perspectives on tourism in the Arctic. Polar Geography, 42(2), 109-124. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2019.1578287

Rantala, O, de la Barre, S. Granås, B., Jóhannesson, G. Müller, D.K., Saarinen, J. Tervo-Kankare, K., Maher, P.T. and M. Niskala (2019). Arctic tourism in time of change: Seasonality. ThemaNord 2019:528, 76 pages

Saarinen, J. (2019). Communities and sustainable tourism development: Community impacts and local benefit creation tourism. In Stephen F. McCool and Keith Bosak (Eds), A Research Agenda for Sustainable Tourism, pp. 206-222. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Brouder, P. & J. Saarinen (2019). Co-evolution and resilient regions: Moving towards sustainable tourism development. In Saarinen, J. & A. M. Gill (Eds). Resilient Destinations: Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability in Tourism, pp. 67-76. London, Routledge.

 Paasi, A., Prokkola, E-K., Saarinen, J. & K. Zimmerbauer (2019). Borderless worlds – for whom? In Paasi, A., Prokkola, E-K., Saarinen, J. & K. Zimmerbauer (Eds), Borderless Worlds for Whom? Ethics, Moralities and Mobilities (pp. 1-17). Routledge: London.

Gill, A.M. & J. Saarinen (2019). Conclusions: Challenges and opportunities in the transition towards sustainability. In Saarinen, J. & A. M. Gill (Eds). Resilient Destinations: Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability in Tourism, pp. 189-196. London, Routledge.

 Saarinen, J. & A.M. Gill (2019). Tourism, resilience and governance strategies in the transition towards sustainability. In Saarinen, J. & A. M. Gill (Eds). Resilient Destinations: Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability in Tourism, pp. 15-33. London, Routledge.

 Saarinen, J. & A. M. Gill (2019). Introduction: Placing resilience in the sustainability frame. In Saarinen, J. & A. M. Gill (Eds). Resilient Destinations: Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability in Tourism, pp. 3-12. London, Routledge.

 Saarinen, J. (2019). Not a Serious Subject?! Academic Relevancy and Critical Tourism Geographies. In. Muller, D. (Ed.). Tourism Geographies: A Research Agenda. Edgar Elgar.

Santarém, F,. J. Saarinen, J. Brito & P. Pereira (2019). New method to identify and map flagship fleets for promoting conservation and ecotourism. Biological Conservation, 229, 113-124. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.10.017

Saarinen, J (2019). What are Wilderness Areas for? Tourism and Political Ecologies of Wilderness Uses and Management in the Anthropocene. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 27(4), 472-487.( https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2018.1456543).

Vyasha, H., Tichaawa, T., & J. Saarinen (2018). ’Development without policy’: Tourism planning and research needs in Cameroon, Central Africa. Tourism Planning & Development 16:6, 696-705.

Mushawemhuka, W., Rogerson, J. & J. Saarinen (2018). Nature-based tourism operators’ perceptions and adaptation to climate change in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Bulletin of Geography. Socio–economic Series, 42, 115–127.

Stockigt, L. Hoogendoorn, G., Fitchett, J.M. and J. Saarinen (2018). Climatic Sensitivity and Snow-based Tourism in Africa: An Investigation of TripAdvisor reviews on Afriski, Lesotho. In Adriaan van der Walt, Nico Kotze, Charles Barker, Eldalize Kruger (Eds). Geography and Community, pp. 207-224. Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers.

Sarkki, S., Heikkinen, H.I., Herva, V-P. & J. Saarinen (2018). Myths on local use of natural resources and social equity of land use governance: Reindeer herding in Finland. Land Use Policy, 77: 322–331.

 Rogerson, C.M. & J. Saarinen (2018). Tourism for Poverty Alleviation: Issues and Debates in the Global South. In Chris Cooper, Serena Volo, William C. Gartner and Noel Scott (Eds). The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Management: Applications of Theories and Concepts to Tourism (pp. 22-37). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Saarinen, J. (2018). Beyond growth thinking: the need to revisit sustainable development in tourism. Tourism Geographies 20(2): 337-340. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2018.1434817

Santarém, F., Campos, J.C., Perreira, P., Hamidou, D., Saarinen, J. & J.C. Brito (2018). Using multivariate statistics to assess ecotourism potential of water-bodies: a case-study in Mauritania. Tourism Management, 67: 34-46.

Tervo-Kankare, K., Kajan, E. & J. Saarinen (2018). Costs and Benefits of Environmental Change: Tourism Industry’s Responses in Arctic Finland. Tourism Geographies 20(2): 202-223.

Hall, C.M, Saarinen, J., Rogerson, C. (2018). Reconsidering 'Development' in Tourism Research Geography. In Saarinen, J., Rogerson, C. & C.M. Hall (Eds), Tourism Planning and Development: Contemporary Cases and Emerging Issues (pp. 219–226). London, Routledge.

Tervo-Kankare, K., Saarinen, J. Moswete, N. & E. Kimaro (2018). Nature-Based Tourism Operators' Responses to Changing Environment and Climate in Uis, Namibia. African Geographical Review 37(3), 273–282. doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2017.1286246

Saarinen, J. (2017). Enclavic tourism spaces: Territorialization and bordering in tourism destination development and planning. Tourism Geographies 19(3): 425-437.

Hall, C.M, Saarinen, J., Rogerson, C. (2017). Tourism Development or whatever its called. In Saarinen, J., Rogerson, C. & C.M. Hall (Eds), Tourism Planning and Development: Cases and Emerging issues. London, Routledge, (in press)

Saarinen, J., Rogerson, C. & C.M. Hall (2017). Geographies of Tourism Development and Planning. Tourism Geographies 19(3): 307-317.

Chiutsi, S. & J. Saarinen (2017). Local participation in transfrontier tourism: Case of Sengwe community in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Zimbabwe. Development Southern Africa 34(3): 260-275.

Tervo-Kankare, K., Saarinen, J. Moswete, N. & E. Kimaro (2017). Nature-Based Tourism Operators' Responses to Changing Environment and Climate in Uis, Namibia. African Geographical Review (accepted) doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2017.1286246

Kauppila, P., Saarinen, J. and R. Leinonen (2017). Sustainable tourism planning and regional development in peripheries: a Nordic view. In Timothy, D. (ed.) Tourism Planning. London, Routledge. (in press)

Saarinen, J. (2017). Matkailun maantiede: territoriaalisuus ja relationaalisuus matkailun alueellisen järjestelmän rakentumisessa. Edelheim, J. & Ilola, H. (eds). Matkailututkimuksen avainkäsiteet. Lapin yliopistokustannus: Rovaniemi. (accepted, in press)

Manwa, H., Saarinen, J., Athlopheng, J. & W. Hambira (2017). Sustainability management and tourism impacts on communities: Residents’ attitudes in Maun and Tshabong, Botswana. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 6(3):1–15.

Saarinen, J. (2016). Wilderness conservation and tourism: What do we protect for and from whom? Tourism Geographies 18(1), 1–8 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2015.1116599)

Sæþórsdóttir, A-D. and J. Saarinen (2016). Challenges due to Changing Ideas of Natural Resources: Tourism and Power Plant Development in the Icelandic Wilderness. Polar Record 52(1): 82–91. (doi:10.1017/S0032247415000273)

Saarinen, J. (2016). Cultural Tourism and the Role of Crafts in Southern Africa: The Case of Craft Markets in Windhoek, Namibia. Tourism 64(4), 409–418.

Jacobsen, J.K.S., Leiren, M. & J. Saarinen (2016). Natural hazard experiences and adaptations: A study of winter climate-induced road closures in Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geography 70(5), 292-305.

Timothy, D. Saarinen, J. and A. Viken (2016). Tourism Issues and International Borders in the Nordic Region (Special Issue introduction paper). Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 16 (1 Supplement), 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2016.1244504.

Sæþórsdóttir, A-D. and J. Saarinen (2016). Changing Ideas about Natural Resources: Tourists’ Perspectives on the Wilderness and Power Production in Iceland. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 16 (4): 404-421. Doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15022250.2015.1108866

Kavita, E. & J. Saarinen (2016). Tourism and rural community development in Namibia: Policy issues review. Fennia 194(1), 79-88.

Saarinen, J. (2016). Political Ecologies and Economies of Tourism Development in Kaokoland, North-West Namibia. In Mostafanezhad, M., Carr, A. & R. Norum (eds) Political Ecology of Tourism: Communities, Power and the Environment, pp. 213–230. London: Routledge.

Saarinen, & S. Nepal (2016). Conclusions: Towards a political ecology of tourism - key issues and research prospects. In Nepal, J. & J. Saarinen (eds). Political Ecology and Tourism, pp. 253–264. London, Routledge.

Nepal, S. Saarinen, J. & E. McLean-Purdon (2016). Tourism and Political ecology: Introduction. In Nepal, J. & J. Saarinen (eds). Political Ecology and Tourism, pp. 1–15. London, Routledge.

Lenao, M & J. Saarinen (2016). Political ecology of community-based natural resources management: principles and practices ofpower sharing in Botswana. In Nepal, J. & J. Saarinen (eds). Political Ecology and Tourism, pp. 115–129. London, Routledge.

Saarinen, J. (2016). Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa: The Role of Local Cultures and Ethnicity in Tourism Development. In Manwa, H., Moswete, N. & J Saarinen (Eds). Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa: perspectives on a growing market, pp. 17–30. Bristol, Channelview.

Monare, M. Moswete, N. Perkins, J. & J. Saarinen (2016). Emergence of cultural tourism in southern Africa: Case studies of two communities in Botswana. In Manwa, H., Moswete, N. & J Saarinen (Eds). Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa: perspectives on a growing market, pp. 165–180. Bristol, Channleview.

Manwa, H., Moswete, N. & J. Saarinen, J (2016). Introduction: Perspectives on Cultural Tourism. In Manwa, H., Moswete, N. & J Saarinen (Eds). Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa: perspectives on a growing market. pp. 3–16. Bristol, Channelview.

Moswete, N., Manwa, H & J. Saarinen (2016). Cultural tourism in southern Africa: Conclusions. In Manwa, H., Moswete, N. & J Saarinen (Eds). Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa: perspectives on a growing market, pp. 181–189. Bristol, Channleview.

Hokkanen, J., Saarinen, J. & K. Tervo-Kankare (2016). Tourism demand and adapation to climate change (in Finnish). Matkailututkimus – Finnish Journal of Tourism Research 12(1), 59–68.

Saarinen, J. (2016). Sustainable Tourism: Searching for Limits to Growth and Responsibility in Global Tourism Development. In Chauhan, G.S. & M.S. Yadav (Eds) Dynamics of Global Tourism, pp. 15–24. New Delhi: RK Books. .

Saarinen, J. & C. Rogerson (2015). Setting Cultural Tourism in Southern Africa. Nordic Journal of African Studies 24(3&4): 207–220.

Lenao, M. & J. Saarinen (2015). Botswana, tourism. In Jafar Jafari and Honggen Xiao (eds) Encyclopedia of Tourism. Springer.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_344-177.

Moswete, N., Saarinen, J. & M.J. Monare (2015). Perspectives on Cultural Tourism: A Case Study of Bahuruthse Cultural Village for Tourism in Botswana. Nordic Journal of African Studies 24(3&4): 279-300.

Lenao, M. & J. Saarinen (2015). Integrated rural tourism as a tool for community tourism development: Exploring culture and heritage projects in the North East District of Botswana. South African Geographical Journal 97(2): 203–216.

Saarinen, J. (2015). Conflicting Limits to Growth in Sustainable Tourism. Current Issues in Tourism 18 (10), 903–907. DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2014.972344

Hambira, W. and J. Saarinen (2015). Policy-makers’ perceptions on the tourism-climate change nexus: policy needs and constraints in Botswana. Development Southern Africa 33 (3), 350-362.

Martin, L., Prokkola, E-K., Saarinen, J. & K. Zimmerman (2015). Regions, borders and identity in a relational and territorial world. Nordia Geographical Publications 44(4), 1–4.

Hall, C. Michael; Bas Amelung; Scott Cohen; Eke Eijgelaar; Stefan Gössling; James Higham; Rik Leemans; Paul Peeters; Yael Ram; Daniel Scott; Carlo Aall; Bruno Abegg; Jorge Araña; Stewart Barr; Susanne Becken; Ralf Buckley; Peter Burns; Tim Coles; Jackie Dawson; Rouven Doran; David T Duval; David Fennell; Alison Gill; Martin Gren; Werner Gronau; Jo Guiver; Debbie Hopkins; Edward H Huijbens; Ko Koens; Machiel Lamers; Christopher Lemieux; Alan Lew; Patrick Long; Frans Melissen; Jeroen Nawijn; Sarah Nicholls; Jan-Henrik Nilsson; Robin Nunkoo; Alan Pomering; Arianne Reis; Dirk Reiser; Robert B Richardson; Christian M Rogerson; Jarkko Saarinen; Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir; Robert Steiger; Paul Upham; Sander van der Linden; Gustav Visser; Geoffrey Wall; David Weaver (2015) Denying Bogus Skepticism in Climate Change and Tourism Research. Tourism Management 47, 352–356. doi:doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.009

Hall, C.Michael, Bas Amelung; Scott Cohen; Eke Eijgelaar; Stefan Gössling; James Higham; Rik Leemans; Paul Peeters; Yael Ram; Daniel Scott; Carlo Aall; Bruno Abegg; Jorge E Araña; Stewart Barr; Susanne Becken; Ralf Buckley; Peter Burns; Jackie Dawson; Rouven Doran; Ghislain Dubois; David T Duval; David Fennell; Alison M Gill; Martin Gren; Werner Gronau; Jo Guiver; Debbie Hopkins; Edward H Huijbens; Ko Koens; Machiel Lamers; Christopher Lemieux; Alan Lew; Patrick Long; Frans Melissen; Jeroen Nawijn; Sarah Nicholls; Jan-Henrik Nilsson; Robin Nunkoo; Alan Pomering; Arianne Reis; Dirk Reiser; Robert B Richardson; Christian M Rogerson; Jarkko Saarinen; Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir; Robert Steiger; Paul Upham; Sander van der Linden; Gustav Visser; Geoffrey Wall; David Weaver (2015) No time for smokescreen climate change skepticism: A rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management 47, 341–347. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.008

Kaján, E., Tervo-Kankare, K. and J. Saarinen (2015). Cost of Adaptation to Climate Change in Tourism: Methodological Challenges and Trends for Future Studies in Adaptation. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 15(3): 311-317 (DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2014.970665).

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Editor, Tourism Geographies
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Tourism Research
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Ecotourism
  • Resource Editor, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism