James Higham is Professor at the Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is also the co-Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (JOST). His research interests focus on tourism and recreation, with a specific focus on the global environmental change and sustainability. The focus of his keynote at MMV10 will fall upon the Anthropocene and what it means for managing outdoor recreation experiences.
Dr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir is Professor in tourism studies, University of Iceland. Her main research interests are nature-based tourism, tourists’ experiences, wilderness, tourism management and land-use conflicts between tourism and the power production industry. In her keynote talk, she will discuss the myths and realities related to overtourism in Iceland.
Dr. Vegard Gundersen is a Senior Research Scientist at The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). His focus is comprehensive monitoring of socio-ecological dimensions in Norwegian National Parks. Norway is home to the last remaining viable populations of wild mountain reindeer in Europe and has an international responsibility for ensuring their survival.
Mr. Dag Terje Solvang is Secretary General of The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). DNT is Norway's biggest outdoor recreation organization. His keynote will draw attention to three important issues for DNT; Sustainability, Trust, and Social inclusion.