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Head of Department
Johan Richard Edelheim { "honorific-suffix": "Head of Department", "fn": "Johan Richard Edelheim", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51833574", "email": "" }

Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Department Norwegian School of Hotel Management
Room EAL H-123
Priv. phone/mob +47 906 73 103

A few lines about myself

Dr Johan R. Edelheim (PhD) is a global hospitality and tourism educator and expert. He has worked since the late 80s both in the tourism industries, and in vocational and higher education related to the industries in several European, and Asian countries, as well as for a decade in Australia. Johan is curious by nature and has over the years accumulated several diplomas and degrees from hospitality, business, education, philosophy, and cultural studies.

He is a member of the following professional organisations and editorial boards:

  • Member of UNWTO Board of Experts
  • Executive member of Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) 
  • Executive member of Finnish Tourism Research Association
  • Chevalier de la Chaîne; Bailliage de Laponie, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Vacation Marketing
  • Member of ATLAS, Trinet, and NORTHORS

Courses taught

Research fields

Johan looks at society and events with a purpose to highlight inequality in order to bring issues to common awareness. These matters of inequality can be found in all fields of studies and a conscious use of different theoretical lenses allows him to investigate matters in novel ways. The majority of his studies focus in different ways on tourism, hospitality, leisure, education and society - quite often using different popular culture sources as his data collection sites.

Links to Johan's research pages:

Johan prefers qualitative methods, though he sees the need for well performed quantitative studies to inform decision makers of generalisable matters. In looking at publications he has produced, three distinct categories can be distinguished;

  1. culturally critical tourism and hospitality studies;
  2. tourism and hospitality education studies; and
  3. clarifications of tourism and hospitality concepts.

Selected publications

2017, 'Chapter 32 - Teaching-research nexus in tourism, hospitality and event studies' in Benckendorff, P & Zehrer, A (eds) International Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Tourism, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, pp. 467-483

(2015), Tourist Attractions ? from Objects to Narratives, Bristol, UK: Channel View Publications.  ISBN 9781845415426

2014,'Chapter 3 - Ontological, epistemological and axiological issues' in Dredge, D, Airey, D & Gross, M (eds) Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Hospitality Education, Routledge: Oxon, UK, pp. 30-44.

Dredge, D, Schott, C, Daniele, Caton, K, & Munar AM 2014, 'The tourism education futures initiative', Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, 26(1), pp. 1-7,

Zhou, Q, Zhang, J & 2013,'Rethinking traditional Chinese culture: A consumer-based model regarding the authenticity of Chinese calligraphic landscape', Tourism Management 36(1) pp. 99-112,

J 2007, 'Hidden Messages - A Polysemic Reading of Tourist Brochures', Journal of Vacation Marketing, 13(1), pp. 5-17.

Research in progress

'Key concepts of tourism research' - edited book in Finnish (original name Matkailututkimuksen avainkäsitteet) together with Heli Ilola. To be published 2017 by Lapland University Press

Work experience

A range of positions and roles in the fields of Education, Hospitality, Hotels and Tourism based in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Spain.
Link to my LinkedIn profile for a summary of my previous roles:

Head of Department - The Norwegian School of Hotel Management (NHS), University of Stavanger, NORWAY

Research Fellow - Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), University of Lapland, FINLAND

Director, Professor - Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), University of Lapland, FINLAND

Visiting Professor - Taylor's University, Taylor's Lakeside Campus, MALAYSIA

Lecturer, (later: Adjunct Fellow) - Southern Cross University (SCU), Gold Coast Beachside, AUSTRALIA

Lecturer - The International College of Management ? Sydney (ICMS), AUSTRALIA

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Luontoelämyksiä, rillumareitä, aitoa matkailua, vai jotain aivan muuta?. Lapin tutkimusseura - The Research Society of Lapland. ISBN 978-951-9327-73-0. 11 p.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Lappi on matkailun tutkimuslaboratorio. Lapin Kansa. [Newspaper]; 2017-10-30.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Miksi Suomessa on matkailututkimusta?. Messukeskus Helsinki; 2017-09-26 - 2017-09-29.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). The Princess, the Dragon and the Magic Land of Tourism. Aalborg University; 2017-08-20 - 2017-08-22.