The project team was formed by:

José-Carlos García-Rosell (PhD, Project Leader)

José-Carlos is a Senior Lecturer in the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland. Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Tourism, University of Maribor. He holds a Master in Agricultural Economics (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), Licenciate in Marketing (University of Oulu), and Ph.D. in Management (University of Lapland). He has been involved in research projects related to responsible tourism, corporate social responsibility (CSR), service design, cross-border tourism development, and tourism/management education. His preferred methodologies are ethnography and action research. He is a member of the editorial board of Business & Society and the Finnish Journal of Tourism Research. José-Carlos grew up with an affinity for animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals were an important part of his life as a child and teenager. During his studies at the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, he followed with particular interest the discussions on animal welfare in relation to farm animals. This project is an opportunity for him to look into responsible tourism and CSR from a non-human animal perspective.

Minni Haanpää (PhD, Researcher)

Minni is a Senior Lecturer in the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland. She earned her Master’s degree in Tourism Research at the University of Lapland and has also studies in social psychology at the University of Tampere. Minni has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Tourism Research). In her Ph.D. research, she examined the notion of co-creation with an autoethnographic approach through the concept of choreography. In the development and research projects, she has been dealing with such topics as tourism as work, tourism product development, event impacts, and the current one on animal welfare in tourism. Her other research publications focus on event volunteering, tourism product development, pedagogy in the higher education of tourism, and ethnographic methodology. At the moment she is keen to develop her skills in visual methodologies, particularly videography. Pets of all kinds have been part of Minni’s childhood. She has lived with dogs, cats, budgies, turtles, gerbils, mice, fish, a hamster, and a rabbit. Now she is expecting a puppy lagotto romagnolo to join the family in August 2017. In this project her interest lies in examining the consumer values towards animals and the meaning of animal welfare in travel and what kinds of implications these hold to the industry.

Tarja Salmela (PhD candidate, M.Soc.Sc., Researcher)

Tarja works as a researcher in the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership (University of Lapland) and is currently finalizing her Ph.D. in organizational studies. In her Ph.D., she crosses disciplinary boundaries by leaning on post-humanist tradition. Since 2013, Tarja has been involved in projects and research networks both inside and outside her own university, many of them involving ethnographic fieldwork. Her academic expertise is oriented by cultural studies, practice-based theorizing, and body research. Her skills also include market analysis and service design methods. She is currently interested in studying the role and significance of non-human animals in an organizational context. Animals and Responsible Tourism project is close to Tarja’s heart and passion. She has been involved in animal protection movements since elementary school, leading her to a vegan lifestyle. She has lived her life with many different kinds of animals, and currently, she lives with his husband and two rescue cats. In this project, Tarja has the chance to work with a fine group of colleagues and tourism companies interested in taking action towards the promotion of animal welfare in tourism. She is inspired by the action research orientation of the project.

 Mikko Äijälä (PhD candidate, M.Soc.Sc, Researcher)

Mikko works as a researcher and a project coordinator in Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at theUniversity of Lapland. He holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Research (University of Lapland) and is currently working on his PhD in Tourism. In his PhD, he looks at the role and agency of dogs in the creation of tourism space. Animals, especially dogs, were essentially involved in his childhood. Nowadays he shares time and space with a Finnish Spitz called Aapa. His interest towards this project lies in the opportunity to consider non-human beings as an important part in doing tourism.