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Specialized in coastal areas, rural and urban, Arctic, international affairs, societal and occupational changes across sectors such as tourism, primary industries (fisheries and agriculture), mega industries and creative industries. Interested in gender, youth, labor market, cultural and mobility aspects of geography, planning and spatial development.
PhD in Social Sciences, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial change, Roskilde University, Roskilde
MsC in Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Department of Public Administration, Roskilde University, Roskilde
2012- Head of SENS’ (School of Engineering and Natural Sciences) Environmental Committee, University of Iceland
2010-2011 Chair of the Research Centre for Geography and Tourism studies and Program Director for geography and Tourism studies, University of Iceland
2008 Guest researcher, University of Campinas, Sao Paulo State, Brazil – and also Roskilde University, Department of Spatial and environmental planning
2005 Guest researcher during sabbatical Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
2002-present Assistant professor, Geography and Tourism studies, University of Iceland
2000-2003 Assistant professor, Icelandic Agricultural University, Hvanneyri, study program developer – Environmental Planning1998 PhD Exchange University of Guelph, Canada.
Anna Karlsdóttir‘s spatial story
The environment where I am most at ease in is out seas or by the sea – this part of earth that covers 65% of the planet. I was in part brought up on sea. I travelled around most of Europe and up Barents Sea as a five year old, lived on board a freighter – before the container shipping transformed the marine transport globally.
The salt mountain or other materials stored in the cargo hold was my playground. The waves make me feel calm; there is something in the heartbeat of tides that feels like a cradle. Living by the sea is important to me. After I had lived as a young woman in Denmark for a while I took the ferry from North Jutland, to Faroe Islands and to Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland. Watching when the cruise liner reaches shore a magical moment is seeing the mountains grow out of the sea as the ship comes closer to shore.
When I worked in the fishery industry in wet and cold environment, washing baccalau in my grandfather’s salt fish plant in the eighties – I used my breaks from the repetitious work by staring into the big blue and daydreaming. The tacit skills that the people around me held felt magical and taught me the lesson of respecting practical and life skills. My grandmother would in example know how much harvest the vessels held in their hold by how the vessels sailed and how low lying they were on the sea surface. When I lived in Canada south of cottage country in Ontario, it felt so strange to live far from the sea that I travelled over 1600 km to enjoy my fieldwork in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Coastal communities and rural areas in the Western and Northern hemisphere have undergone major transition in last century. Subsistence lifestyles belong more or less to history and therefore even rural areas and coastal don’t necessarily have access to natural resources. This was true and revealing when I travelled the coastal settlements in Maritime Canada in my student days. The old man in the mall in Yarmouth had changed his occupation from being a fisherman in the midst of a cod moratorium to become a model builder. The old man in Flateyri now spend his days in the garage whittling tree vessels as the ones that no longer left port in the small village. As agriculture, fisheries and other traditional occupations have lost weight in the life of rural inhabitants, other industries emerge.
Coastal and rural tourism in many dimensions is one of the new emerging opportunities contributing to a renaissance of the countryside. From food tourism to whale watching and cruise calls – all of these are different ways to enjoy the amenities of both seascape and landscape than earlier generations’ hardship in the countryside. Travelling with hurtigruten in December from Bodö to Tromsö to Alta to Kirkenaes, and enjoying the blue dark, stars and moon is an unforgettable experience and one that is so special to the North. Moving for work to Venice of the North will enable me to take on a new hobby, to ice skate on lakes in the winter and sail on canoe or kayak in the archipelago. That is a great spatial experience.
Related Research Projects
- SeMPER-Arctic – Sense Making, Place attachment and Extended networks as sources of Resilience in the Arctic
- Enhancing labour opportunities for women in the Nordic countries
- Nordic collaboration for integration of refugees and migrants
- Rural perspectives on spatial disparities of education and employment outcomes
- Empowering Young Women in Industrial Cities in the Russian Arctic
- Rural tourism in the Nordic region
- Transport support for elders and handicapped in the Nordic rural regions
- Covid-19 Economic Impacts in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region
- A Just Green Transition in rural areas: local benefits from value creation
- Sustainable destinations and regional development
- Female Arctic: Empowering young women in the industrialized Russian North (FEMARC)
- Sami Youth Involvement in Regional Development
- Demographic challenges in the Nordic region from a gender perspective (DEMOS)
- Review of the cooperation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic scientific research
- Sustainable Business Development in the Nordic Arctic
- Nordic Arctic Youth Future Perspectives
- Adapting to, or mitigating demographic change?
- Youth Perspectives on their Future in the Nordic Arctic
- Policies and measures for speeding up labour market integration of refugees in the Nordic region: A knowledge overview
- Fler flyktingar fortare i arbete – Åtgärder för snabbare etablering på arbetsmarknaden
- Nordic Arctic Strategies in Overview
- Future Regional Development Policy for the Nordic Arctic: Foresight Analysis 2013–2016
- Young people not thriving in rural areas
- State of the Nordic Region 2018: Immigration and integration edition
- Regional tourism satellite accounts for the Nordic countries
- Planning for sustainable tourism in the Nordic rural regions – Cruise tourism, the right to roam and other examples of identified challenges in a place-specific context
- Planning for sustainable tourism in the Nordic region
- Enabling vulnerable youth in rural areas not in education, employment or training
- Nordregio News 2 2016
- Discussion paper: A “Just Green Transition” for Rural Areas in the Nordic Region: key concepts and implications
- Ensuring Gender Equality in Nordic Blue Economy
- Nordic Talks: The rural way
- Nordregio and Female Arctic project at the Barents Spektakel 2022
- Nordregio Forum 2021 – some highlights!
- What is the Nordic perspective on rural areas?
- Nordregio at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2021
- Nordregio and SLU host a conference “Ruralities and Regions in Transition”
- Rediscovering the assets of rural areas
- Nordregio at the Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research
- Challenges turned into advantages: the story of remote communities during COVID-19
- Nordregio at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
- Gender equality in the Arctic – freshly published report!
- During 2017-2020, what did we learn about sustainable rural development?
- 18th February, 30min workshop with the Nordic Service Mapper
- Cruise tourism in the Arctic: Local or global goals?
- 1 July Almedalen: Increasing mental health problems and school drop-outs amongst rural youth
- 6-8 March ReNEW conference: Sweden and Finland front-runners in naturalisation
- Nordic cooperation – an important milestone for integration and knowledge exchange
- Nordic Council Prize for Arctic project
- Open call: Nordic Arctic Cooperation Programme 2018-2021
- Nordregio at COP21
- Is a multi-locational lifestyle the future for the Nordic Arctic Youth?
- Nordregio presented three research projects on remote work, community resilience, and infrastructure at the Arctic circle conference
- Gender Equality in the Blue Economy
- Report to ensure gender equality in the Nordic blue economy
- Ruralities and Regions in Transition
- Redefining peripherality
- Sustainable tourism post-Covid: 4th session of Nordregio Forum 3 February
- Arctic Circle Assembly 2019
- Almedalen events: Integration and challenged youth
- Lunch seminar on China, Nordic and Arctic cooperation
- Nordic Ruralities: 5th Nordic Conference for Rural Research
- The 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting
- How can rural areas benefit from the green transition? Local energy, land-use, and value creation
- Arctic Frontiers: Gender Equality in the Blue Economy
- Change in overnight stays for domestic visitors 2019–2020
- Change in overnight stays for foreign visitors 2019–2020
- Sustainability classification of tourism development plans (TDPs)
- Nordic Thematic Groups 2017-2020: location of case studies
- Nordic Thematic Group for Rural Development 2017-2020: location of case studies
- Change in overnight stay 2009-2019
- Tourism gross value added as a share of GVA 2018
- Share of employment in tourism 2017
- Typology of foreign-born population 0–19 years 2019
- Change in the share of young adults 2000–2019
- General fertility rate 2016-2018 average