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Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism

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Locating Consumption: Spatiotemporal Methods Advancing Tourism Behavior Research

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30 September 2023

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Marina Toger, Uppsala University
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Szilvia Gyimóthy, Copenhagen Business School
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Sabine Gebert Persson, Uppsala University
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John Östh, Oslo Metropolitan University
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Locating Consumption: Spatiotemporal Methods Advancing Tourism Behavior Research

Understanding the scope and consequences of tourism flows is a key challenge for researchers, planners and place marketers alike. In order to mitigate harmful effects of tourism and the uneven distribution of visitors, we need to advance our views on how, why, when and where individuals move in a certain destination. Since the rise of mass tourism, scholars and practitioners have attempted to develop models to assess visitors’ real-time mobility and spatiotemporal consumption in popular tourism places, but scientific progress mostly concerned conceptual approaches (Lew & McKercher, 2006).

In the past decade, an increasing number of scholars adopted new technologies (GPS-tracking, crowdsensing devices, GIS, mobile phone data, electrodermal activity sensors, etc.) to map, visualize and nudge tourist consumption in real time (among others, Shoval & Ahas, 2016; De Cantis et al., 2016; Domènech et al., 2020; McKercher et al., 2019; Hardy et al., 2020; Toger et al., 2021; Sciortino et al., 2022; Altin et al. 2022; Waleghwa & Heldt, 2022).  However groundbreaking, the majority of these studies are based on small samples and focus on urban settings. There is still a lack of theoretical corroboration and systematical (longitudinal or cross-sectional) comparisons to better harness the innovative potential of geolocational methods. Furthermore, the majority of these studies are targeting day visitors and certain segments (e.g. cruise tourists or recreational shopping), while only few studies are conducted in rural and wilderness contexts (for a notable exception, see Hardy & Aryal, 2020).

This special issue attempts to fill this gap by curating conceptual, empirical, experimental, and comparative case research advancing our understanding on spatiotemporal behavior. We welcome contributions from different disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to: mobility studies, consumer behaviour, behavioural geography, behavioural economics, destination governance and sustainable tourism management). Relevant papers may focus on:

  • New, empirically grounded research informing the conceptual models of spatially mobile consumption, representing diverse geographical, social and ethnic contexts
  • Longitudinal and/or comparative studies across and beyond the Nordic countries (also including periurban, rural and peripheral contexts)
  • Methodological innovations, progressing spatiotemporal research design and multimodal data collection (GIS, eyetracking, EDA and sensory metrics, participatory and smart data)
  • Methodological innovations combining of data of different modalitites and new analytical approaches (e.g. stop analysis, rhythm analysis, visualizing densities and intensities, etc.)
  • Mapping of mobility conflicts among different groups and practices (commuting, recreational, residential and tourist mobility)
  • Affective dimensions of mobile consumption (e.g. street rage, anxiety and thrill), incl. place-specific moods and sensory modalities
  • Health risks and contagion mitigation in postpandemic tourism mobility
  • Interventions, crowd management and nudging experiments to alter tourism flows

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts based on original research and comprising max. 7000 words (inclusive tables, references, figure captions, etc.) are invited to this special issue. Submissions accepted by the guest editors as conforming to the aims of the special issue and the scope and format of the journal, will be sent out to double blind peer review in accordance with the SJHT guidelines for authors and editorial policies. Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the Editor-in-chief along with the guest editors, decisions will be made whether particular submissions will be accepted, revised or rejected.

Expressions of interest in contributing a paper to this special issue are invited in the form of an extended abstract (750-1000 words excluding references), by November 30, 2022 to be submitted by e-mail to Special Issue Editors (see emails above). Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six). Please specify the paper’s purpose, contribution, significance, and relevance to the special issue. Authors are also requested to reflect on the Nordic or European and general global tourism/hospitality context of the journal.

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit their full manuscripts to the journal's online submission portal ( by June 1st 2023. Please select the Special Issue title when submitting to the portal.


Deadline for abstracts: January 31, 2023

Acceptance of abstracts: February 6, 2023

Deadline for Manuscript Submission: September 30, 2023

Reviews/Feedback on Manuscript Provided: October 1, 2023

Final Manuscript Due: February 1, 2024

The anticipated publication date is mid-2024 

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