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Johan Richard Edelheim { "honorific-suffix": "Ekstern", "fn": "Johan Richard Edelheim", "tel": "Telefon: 51833574", "email": "" }

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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) 
  • Chevalier de la Chaîne; Bailliage de Rogaland, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Vacation Marketing
  • Member of ATLAS, Trinet, and NORTHORS


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.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Edelheim, J 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

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

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

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

Pågående forskning


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:

20.11 2018 - ongoing

Research Fellow - Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, NORWAY

15.04 2017 - 19.11.2018

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

20.08 2016 - 30.06.2017

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

10.08 2011 - 19.08.2016

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

01.09.2012 - 01.08.2016

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

28.06.2004 - 29.10.2013 (1.11.2013 - 1.11.2016)

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

20.06.2000 - 15.07.2004

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

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Edelheim, Johan Richard; Ilola, Heli (2017). Matkailututkimuksen avainkäsitteet (Reiselivforskningens grundbegrepp). Lapland university press. ISBN 9789523109537. 335 s.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Ansvarfull turism tillväxt – eller pleonexia?. Naturviterne - Fagforening med hjerte for bærekraft; 2018-05-15.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Første i Norge - Campushotellet Ydalir bedrer kompetansen. Rogalandsavisen. [Avis]; 2018-03-15.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Lokalen Seriebeskrivelse: Radiosendinger fra NRK Rogaland. Episodebeskrivelse: Søknadsfristen til høyere utdanning går ut i helgen. I Lokalen får du noen siste tips til valg av utdanning.. NRK Rogaland. [Radio]; 2018-04-13.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Mobile Tourism Fairy-tales. University of Lapland; 2018-06-03 - 2018-06-06.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Mobile visual travelougues. University of Lapland; 2018-06-03 - 2018-06-06.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Relevant universitetsutdannelse innom vertskap og reiseliv leder til studenter med arbeidsevne – men hva er relevant, og hva er arbeidsevne?. HSMAI Norway; 2018-03-13.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Review Essay - Innovation in Hospitality Education.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). TEFI 10 - Summary from Day 1. University of Lapland; 2018-06-03 - 2018-06-06.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). TEFI 10 - Summary from Day 2. University of Lapland; 2018-06-03 - 2018-06-06.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2018). Videoblogg: Bli med Naturviterne til Preikestolen. Fagforeningen Naturviterne (Akademikerne) sin hjemside. [Internett]; 2018-05-25.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Active tourism – definitions, uses, challenges and opportunities for researchers and operators. University of Maribor; 2017-11-29 - 2017-12-01.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Axiological Underpinnings to Hospitality, Tourism and Ethical Research. University of Lapland; 2017-12-07 - 2017-12-08.
  • Edelheim, Johan Richard (2017). Lappi on matkailun tutkimuslaboratorio. Lapin Kansa. [Avis]; 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.