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Line of Research of ETFI Researcher Stefan Hartman

As stated in our recent blog the researchgroup Scenario Planning will present their topic in future studies in this blog. This week Stefan Hartman will introduce his line of research: 'Understanding the emergence of governance arrangements'.

Adaptive capacity building for tourism destinations​ 
The tourism industry is strongly globalizing and increasingly competitive. Organisations as well as destinations are always looking for strategies to improve their completive position.A key aspect for survival in today’s industry is to respond and adapt to the impacts that are related to technologic innovation, changes in demand. Destinations that feature the capacity to adapt are able to cope with such dynamics. Does every destination have the capacity to adapt? If not, how can destinations ‘build’ adaptive capacity? ETFI-researcher Stefan Hartman will devote part of his time and energy on answering these question by studying the topic of adaptive capacity building for tourism destinations.

Research approach
How will this be done? First, develop an understanding of adaptive capacity on the basis of an extensive literature study. Here, Stefan’s PhD study provides a strong input. Second, criticize the concept of adaptive capacity. There are many boundaries and limitations that may affect the capacity to adapt. Building adaptive capacity is therefore a difficult, complex and potentially long-term transition process. Third, discuss approaches to overcome boundaries and limitations. By doing so, the research draws attention to successful approaches and innovative strategies for destination planning and development. The above steps provide the input for the final, forth step: mapping pathways for adaptive capacity building. Mapping multiple pathways for building adaptive capacity provides important decision-making support for actors in decision-making  positions.

The research, especially regarding step number three,  will also involve student projects. At the moment the first students have started their individual research and in the future more will follow. The ambition is to develop a dynamic research group  around the broad topic of adaptive capacity (building) for tourist destinations. Moreover, the ambition is to as much as possible involve, connect to and share findings with stakeholders in tourist destinations.

Read about the other Research Proposals
Peter Singleton: 'Geopolitical Threats and Oppertunities for EU Tourism'. 
Victoria Naisola de Ruiter: 'Hospitality and Hospitableness: Future Implications for commercial operators'. 
Jorg Wenzel: 'Effectiveness of immersive virtual reality applications as marketing & sales tool within the tourism industry'. 
Wyb de Boer: 'Designing LWD2018 Tourism Futures'. 


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