Designed tourist places are the theme of an ongoing field work conducted by Professor Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Academic Assistant Anita Kjølbæk who are members of the MOSPUS research group and Center for Experience and Tourism Research. The research is financially supported by Innovation Fund Denmark and is part of the INNOCOAST project and the INVIO network.
Two research questions are being investigated: What decides if designed tourist places ‘work’ or not? And how are design processes of tourist places organized (with a special interest in those design processes that lead to tourist places that work).
The fieldwork related to the first question is carried out at a number of different tourist places, including a few events, during the summer of 2016: Tivoli, Camønoen, Kongens Togt (in collaboration with Kulturregion Midt- og Vestsjælland) and Etape Bornholm. The study of design processes has been initiated with research at Norrøn which is specialized in designing tourist destinations (norroen.dk).
Both studies combine participant observation and photo documentation. The study at Tivoli, which is supported by Designing Human Technologies at Roskilde University, focuses on light and atmosphere as well as place design and is carried out in collaboration with Associate Professor Mikkel Bille, Professor Jonas Larsen and Reader Tim Edensor as well as Senior Lecturer Steve Millington, Manchester Metropolitan University. The hiking trail/pilgrim route Camønoen is also studied by Associate Professor Jane Meged in relation to the sharing economy. Her study is part of the INNOCOAST project.