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Åkerlund, Ulrika
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Svels, K. & Åkerlund, U. (2018). Second homes and the commons: terms for second home leaseholds and collective action in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland. In: The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities: (pp. 39-51). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Second homes and the commons: terms for second home leaseholds and collective action in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland
2018 (English)In: The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities, Routledge, 2018, p. 39-51Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70760 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
Svels, K. & Åkerlund, U. (2018). The commons and emergent land in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland: governing an expanding recreational resource. Fennia, 196(2), 154-167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The commons and emergent land in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland: governing an expanding recreational resource
2018 (English)In: Fennia, ISSN 0015-0010, E-ISSN 1798-5617, Vol. 196, no 2, p. 154-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we explore governance structures of the recreational landscape of Kvarken Archipelago in Western Finland, an area where shore displacement occurs due to land rise and emergent (pristine) land is continuously created. Traditionally a production landscape, of fishing and small-scale agriculture, the recreational value of the archipelago has been acknowledged. The area is a popular second home destination and was designated UNESCO World Heritage in 2006. There are roughly 10,000 second homes within the study area, of which 14% are leaseholds located on emergent land. The emergent land thus makes up a common-pool resource system where private and collective use rights overlap. This article aims to understand the implications for recreational use (second home ownership) through interviews with different local stakeholders such as municipality planners, representatives of commons, local communities, and with environmental and land survey authorities. Especially, it sets out to ask, what kinds of value are created within the recreational resource system, what power relationships within the commons steer the management of the recreational resource system, and what are the implications for recreational use of the landscape. The results show different logics of recreational resource management locally in the studied commons. Access to second homes located within the collectively owned emergent land is limited to part-owners of the commons and tend to be less commercialized and also less modernized than privately owned second home plots.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsingfors: GEOGRAPHICAL SOC FINLAND, 2018
Keywords
commons; emergent land; recreational resource system; reresourcing; post-productive landscape; second homes
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70559 (URN)10.11143/fennia.69022 (DOI)000451697800003 ()
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M., Agnidakis, P., Akerlund, U. & Woube, A. (2017). Rural Place Marketing and Consumption-Driven Mobilities in Northern Sweden: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Sustainability. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 12(2-3), 114-126
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rural Place Marketing and Consumption-Driven Mobilities in Northern Sweden: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Sustainability
2017 (English)In: Journal of Rural and Community Development, ISSN 1712-8277, E-ISSN 1712-8277, Vol. 12, no 2-3, p. 114-126Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Similar to other northern peripheries, remote, and sparsely populated areas (SPAs) in Sweden's far north have been confronted with decreasing populations and economic stagnation, forcing local governments to more actively engage in strategies for attracting and retaining populations. This exploratory community case study considers rural place-marketing efforts in the municipalities of angstrom sele and Storuman, with a particular focus on understanding differing local strategies for attracting consumption-driven movers to "amenity-poor" and "amenity-rich" areas. The case study examines two research questions: what target groups do these municipalities envisage as desired new populations; and to what extent, and how, do they engage in rural place-marketing efforts? Our study reveals that the municipal officials' views on rural place-marketing strategies differ considerably, as angstrom sele participates in Europe's largest emigration expo while Storuman draws on its increasing tourism development to attract seasonal residents and returning young adults in the family-building stage of the life course. The findings further illustrate how production and performance aspects of mobility are essential when studying the socio-economic sustainability of everyday life in sparsely populated northern Swedish municipalities at different geographical places and levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brandon, Canada: Brandon Univ, 2017
Keywords
consumption-driven mobilities, performance, production, rural place marketing, Northern Sweden
National Category
Human Geography Economic Geography Social Anthropology
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67361 (URN)000431254200008 ()
Available from: 2018-05-24 Created: 2018-05-24 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Carlquist, J., Pfister, L., Åkerlund, U. & Stjernström, O. (2017). Språk och planering. Plan (1), 48-51
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2017 (English)In: Plan, ISSN 0032-0560, no 1, p. 48-51Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Föreningen för samhällsplanering, 2017
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70753 (URN)
Note

Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. (2017). Strategic lifestyle management in later life: Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta seeking the ’best of both worlds’. Population, Space and Place, 23(1), 1-13, Article ID e1964.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic lifestyle management in later life: Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta seeking the ’best of both worlds’
2017 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 1-13, article id e1964Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In affluent societies, an active choice of lifestyle is increasingly becoming an option. With increased possibilities for mobility, opportunities to lead a good life can be accessed across global space. However, lifestyle management is largely directed and constrained by structural frameworks, and movers have to allocate resources and experience in order to manoeuvre structures and make optimal lifestyle choices. This paper explores how residential mobility may be used as a resource to gain access to opportunities. Based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews, this is performed by exploring the experiences of Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta, in their tailoring of mobility practices that allow them to enjoy opportunities for the good life in both countries. The research questions that have guided this study are as follows: (a) What does the good life comprise? (b) How are structural frameworks surrounding opportunities for lifestyle management perceived by movers? and (c) In what ways do movers actively tailor their mobility practices to achieve the good life? The results show that movers are highly engaged in tailoring their access to opportunities through place fixity, such as permanent residency and social integration, and through routinised and timed mobility practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017
Keywords
lifestyle mobilities, multiple dwelling, retirement mobility, lifestyle management, Swedes in Malta
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70764 (URN)10.1002/psp.1964 (DOI)000396379300003 ()
Note

Originally published in thesis in manuscript form.

Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
David, I., Eimermann, M. & Åkerlund, U. (2015). An exploration of a lifestyle migration industry. In: Kate Torkington, Inês David, João Sardinha (Ed.), Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices (pp. 138-160). Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An exploration of a lifestyle migration industry
2015 (English)In: Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices / [ed] Kate Torkington, Inês David, João Sardinha, Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2015, p. 138-160Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The mobility to second homes, sometimes referred to as residential tourism, can be conceptually framed within the emerging concept of lifestyle mobilities. Although related, it differs from tourism in that it refers to relatively permanent movement which entails the intention and material efforts to create a home and a living in the destination context. Tourism mobility is facilitated by agents offering services and products enabling experiences of novelty, difference, authenticity, quality of life and the like. Lifestyle mobilities in many ways taps into this production system but also include products and services related to housing, furbishing and to making a living in place. On an international level the production system is further complicated. In migration studies, the concept of a migration industry refers to the amalgam of agents making a profit out of catering to the needs of migrants. This study is a joint reflection on the production dimension of lifestyle mobilities in the European context. We explore the agents brokering lifestyle for Swedes in Malta; Swedish rural municipalities’ place marketing in the Netherlands; and the role of lifestyle media in the Algarve, Portugal. We aim to answer the question: “how (if at all) could the concept of a migration industry be applied to lifestyle mobilities?”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Keywords
lifestyle, migration, mobility, place, identity, marketing
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70754 (URN)9781443874410 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U., Pitkänen, K., Hiltunen, M. J., Overvåg, K., Müller, D. K. & Kahila, P. (2015). Health, well-being and second homes: an outline of current research and policy challenges. Matkaliututkimus, Finnish Journal of Tourism research, 11(1), 43-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health, well-being and second homes: an outline of current research and policy challenges
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2015 (English)In: Matkaliututkimus, Finnish Journal of Tourism research, ISSN 1796-1300, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 43-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Healthy living environments and housing conditions are important foci of Nordic health and welfare policies. However, policies and research on living conditions have mostly explored people’s permanent living environments, adhering to thinking about health in terms of fixity in place. What has not been acknowledged is that a considerable amount of Nordic people live in a continuous interaction of more than one place of dwelling. An illustrative example of the significance of mobile lifestyles is the use of second homes. Second home tourism is usually assumed to increase health and well-being. However, research on well-being and the health effects of second home tourism has been limited. In this paper we propose a research framework to approach second homes and well-being by identifying place and mobility as the key aspects in comprehending the relationship between health, wellbeing and second homes. Furthermore, we argue that the mobile lifestyles considerably challenge existing regulatory frameworks and provision of services as multi-local living is not systematically accounted for. Failing to acknowledge mobile lifestyles and multiple dwelling will degrade possibilities to respond to the current and long-term challenges of the distribution of health and welfare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Finnish Society for Tourism Research, 2015
Keywords
second homes; health; well-being; place and mobility; welfare systems; Nordic countries
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70767 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. & Sandberg, L. (2015). Stories of lifestyle mobility: representing self and place in the search for the ’good life’. Social & cultural geography (Print), 16(3), 351-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stories of lifestyle mobility: representing self and place in the search for the ’good life’
2015 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 351-370Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, mobility researchers have paid increasing attention to the flows of relatively privileged individuals whose mobility practices are largely understood to be lifestyle-motivated, consumption-led and tourism-induced (e.g. Benson, M., & O’Reilly, K. (Eds.). (2009). Lifestyle migration: Expectations, aspirations and experiences. Surrey: Ashgate; King, R., Warnes, A. M., & Williams, A. M. (2000). Sunset lives: British retirement migration to the Mediterranean. Oxford: Berg). Situated within the context of lifestyle mobilities, this paper aims to analyse the significance of place and representations of place in the movers’ stories of mobility. The mobility experiences of Swedish retirees practicing routinised and seasonal mobility between Sweden and Malta have been analysed, and this paper explores how they actively give meaning to their choices and decisions. In their narratives, the movers express their representations of themselves in relation not only to their imaginings of places and to their belongings to and engagements with these places, but also to their mobility practices. The findings contribute to a discussion of how place imaginaries and self-identities are constructed through lifestyle mobility practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2015
Keywords
lifestyle mobilities, multiple dwelling, place attachment, narrative, identity, representations of place
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70768 (URN)10.1080/14649365.2014.987806 (DOI)000349786000006 ()
Note

Originally published in manuscript form with the title: Stories of lifestyle mobility: place, identity and the search for the ’good life’

Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
Eimermann, M., Åkerlund, U. & David, I. (2014). A critical exploration of an emerging lifestyle mobility industry. In: The 23rd Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research: The Values of Tourism. Proceedings book.. Paper presented at The 23rd Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research (pp. 107-108). Köpenhamn
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A critical exploration of an emerging lifestyle mobility industry
2014 (English)In: The 23rd Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research: The Values of Tourism. Proceedings book., Köpenhamn, 2014, p. 107-108Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The mobility to second homes, sometimes referred to as residential tourism, can be conceptually framed within the emerging concept of lifestyle mobilities. Although related, it differs from tourism in that it refers to relatively permanent movement which entails the intention and material efforts to create a home and a living in the destination context. Tourism mobility is facilitated by agents offering services and products enabling experiences of novelty, difference, authenticity, quality of life and the like. Lifestyle mobilities in many ways taps into this production system but also include products and services related to housing, furbishing and to making a living in place. On an international level the production system is further complicated. In migration studies, the concept of a migration industry refers to the amalgam of agents making a profit out of catering to the needs of migrants. This study is a joint reflection on the production dimension of lifestyle mobilities in the European context. We explore the agents brokering lifestyle for Swedes in Malta; Swedish rural municipalities’ place marketing in the Netherlands; and the role of lifestyle media in the Algarve, Portugal. We aim to answer the question: “how (if at all) could the concept of a migration industry be applied to lifestyle mobilities?”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Köpenhamn: , 2014
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70757 (URN)
Conference
The 23rd Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved
Åkerlund, U. (2013). Buying a Place Abroad: Processes of Recreational Property Acquisition. Housing Studies, 28(4), 632-652
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buying a Place Abroad: Processes of Recreational Property Acquisition
2013 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 632-652Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the search for the good life,’ moving to warmer destinations is a growing trend among affluent individuals from the northern parts of Europe and North America. Induced by quality-of-life drivers, property acquisition is an integral part of this search. Property acquisition behavior has earlier been conceptualized in various models of consumer behavior; however, these models are not sophisticated enough to explain the multiple drivers and complexity of lifestyle- and leisure-led acquisitions, especially if they are international in scope. In this paper, the process of recreational property acquisition is explored, based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with Swedes in Malta. Acquisition is found to be influenced by both internal drivers and motives, and external factors that are highly contextualized. This study explains the importance of the contextual frameworks and external influences on decision-making, and conceptualizes the process of international recreational property acquisition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013
Keywords
lifestyle mobility, leisure-led property acquisition, acquisition model, cross-border context, Swedes, Malta
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70761 (URN)10.1080/02673037.2013.773584 (DOI)000320359600006 ()
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
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