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EDWARD H. HUIJBENS (b. 1976) Geographer, scholar of tourism, professor and chair of Wageningen University cultural geography research group. Edward finished a B.Sc. in Geography at the University of Iceland in the spring 2000, MA and later a PhD in Cultural Geography mid-year 2005, both at Durham University, England. In 2004 – 2006, along with completing the PhD, he taught and did research at the University of Iceland, both in the faculty of science and the faculty of economics and business administration. From 2006 – 2015 he directed the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and developed a holistic research agenda for tourism during a period of the industry’s exponential growth in Iceland. From 2015 till 2019 Edward was a professor at the school of social sciences and humanities at the University of Akureyri, where he also served as department head for the faculty of social sciences and law from 2017 till February 2019.

Edward works on tourism theory, issues of regional development, landscape perceptions, the role of transport in tourism and polar tourism. 

Beyond regular academic mentoring and course teaching Edward has taught twice on the prestigious programme Semester at Sea, run by the Institute of Shipboard Education from the US, autumn 2016 and autumn 2018. On the latter occasion he ran Global Studies, the course all student aboard are require to attend. Edward is the author of articles in several scholarly journals in both Iceland and internationally and has co-edited Technology in Society/Society in Technology (2005, University of Iceland Press), Sensi/able Spaces: Space, art and the environment (2007, Cambridge Scholars Press) and The Illuminating Traveller (2008, University of Jyväskylä), Tourism and the Anthropocene (2016, Routledge) and is one of two authors of the book Icelandic Tourism (Forlagið, 2013).


In addition to his academic roles, Edward has been politically active with the Left Green party in Iceland, serving in several municipal committees for his home community, Akureyri (pop. 18.000), acting as reserve member of parliament and as of 2017 serving as the party’s vice chairman as the party led the government coalition formed after the 2017 autumn elections in Iceland.


  • G Geography (General)
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • GV Recreation Leisure

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Research Output

Afterword: Involving Earth – Tourism matters of concern

Huijbens, E., 2020, Anthropocene Ecologies: Entanglements of Tourism, Nature and Imagination. Mosfafanezhad, M. & Norum, R. (eds.). Routledge, p. 187-189

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Slow adventure: from natural concept to consumer desire

Varley, P., Huijbens, E., Taylor, S. & Laven, D., 21 Apr 2020, Sundsvall: ETOUR / Mid-Sweden University. 20 p. (ETOUR Rapport; no. 2020:2)

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
  • Social distancing and the promise of tourism

    Huijbens, E., Jul 2020, Tourism and the Corona crises: Some ATLAS reflections. Arnhem: ATLAS Association for Tourism and Leisure Education, p. 22-25 (ATLAS Tourism and Leisure Review; vol. 2020, no. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Book Review: Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

    Huijbens, E. H., 1 Oct 2019, In : Cultural Geographies. 26, 4, p. 541-542

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook reviewAcademic

    Tending to Destinations: Conceptualising tourism’s transformative capacities

    Huijbens, E. & Johannesson, G. T., Jun 2019, In : Tourist Studies. 19, 3

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Activities

    • 3 Examination/teaching third parties
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Earthly entanglements in the Anthropocene

    Edward Huijbens (Speaker)

    6 Apr 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Tourism and the Corona crisis

    Edward Huijbens (Contributor)

    7 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course

    Opponent to PhD defence

    Edward Huijbens (Examiner)

    22 Apr 2020

    Activity: ExaminationExamination/teaching third parties

    Communicating and enhancing Arctic community values through trans-cultural exchange

    Edward Huijbens (Speaker)

    27 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Opponent to PhD defence

    Edward Huijbens (Examiner)

    27 Mar 2020

    Activity: ExaminationExamination/teaching third parties

    Press / Media

    Halen we straks massaal onze gemiste vakantie in?

    Edward Huijbens


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment