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Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic

Title
Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr. Mark CJ Stoddart # Memorial University; Hosted by: Canadian Studies/Sociology/Sustainable Development # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
30th Mar 2017 11:00 - 30th Mar 2017 12:00
Location
CMB Common Room (6th floor)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2016_2017/co-existence_or_conflict_the_role_of_environmental_movements_in_the_oil-tourism_interface_in_the_north_atlantic

The concept of the oil-tourism interface points to the ways in which tourism and oil are related. This often takes subtle, often mundane forms, such as the carbon footprint of tourist travel, or the impacts of climate change on tourism environments. However, contact points between tourism and oil can also come emerge through controversies over oil development in tourist destination areas. The project, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic” takes a comparative approach to understand how societies in Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Denmark navigate the relationship between oil extraction and nature-based tourism development as visions for living with coastal environments. This presentation focuses on the role that environmental movements play in intervening in the oil-tourism interface in three of the case study regions: Atlantic Canada, Norway, and Iceland. As a comparison of these cases shows, environmental movements can align with nature-based tourism in opposition to oil extraction, but this is more likely when new oil exploration and development is proposed in regions that already have a well-established tourism industry that relies on wilderness and wildlife as key attractors. The relevance of social movement for public policy related to offshore oil and nature-based tourism development in these regions will also be discussed.

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