Outi Kulusjärvi

Outi Kulusjärvi


Post-doctoral researcher
Tourism geography


Outi Kulusjärvi is a human geographer specialized in critical tourism geography. In her PhD thesis, she combined the perspectives of critical (economic) geography with tourism research in order to study transformations towards sustainable and socially just tourism economies. The thesis is based on an ethnographic research conducted in two tourism destination communities in the Finnish North.

Outi's overall research interest is to advance social geographical perspectives on sustainability transformations and to seek new economic futures. To do this, she draws on poststructural political economy and political agency research. In her future work, Outi wishes to study these topics in the context of sparsely populated areas in the North where diverse understanding on desired economic futures currently coexist.

Research interests

  • tourism geography
  • social geography
  • poststructural political economy
  • community economies
  • political agency
  • critical sustainability


Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Puheenjohtaja, Alue- ja ympäristötutkimuksen seura (https://www.ays.fi/)

Research groups

  • Tourism geography
  • RELATE - CoE (http://www.oulu.fi/maantiede/node/15990)

Selected publications

  • Kulusjärvi, Outi (2019) Towards a poststructural political economy of tourism : a critical sustainability perspective on destination development in the Finnish North. - Nordia geographical publications 48:3. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. xi, 85 [Self-archived]
  • Kulusjärvi, Outi (2019) Muutosvoimaisen tutkimuksen pohdintaa pohjoisella konferenssimatkalla. - Matkailututkimus 14 (2), 73-76 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Kettunen, Marika; Kulusjärvi,Outi (2019) Moninaisia näkökulmia kaupunkimatkailun kehittämiseen : oululaista dialogia paikallisuuden ja matkailun yhteiselosta. - Versus 28.08.2019 . [Self-archived]
  • Kulusjärvi, Outi (2017) Sustainable Destination Development in Northern Peripheries: A Focus on Alternative Tourism Paths. - Journal of Rural and Community Development 12 (2-3), 41-58 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Kulusjärvi, Outi (2016) Resort-oriented tourism development and local tourism networks : a case study from Northern Finland. - Fennia 194 (1), 3-17 . [Original]