From Extraction to Attraction: Coastal Communities in an Era of Leisure and Tourism

CCRD08 Elective 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 19.04.2021 - 30.04.2021
Instructor Dr. Pat Maher


This course examines the changing economic base of coastal communities with the rise of tourism and second homes and the impact of such changes on the social structure, culture and individual interactions of coastal communities. This course provides an overview of tourism in coastal/marine areas and includes topics such as: shared resource use and management; sovereignty tensions that involve tourism; adventure and expeditionary tourism; the logistical challenges of operating in remote marine environments; and the impacts tourism may have on the sustainability of the communities and environments in the region.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can describe the logistical complexity for tourism related business in coastal communities.
  • can describe changes and conflicts in local economies that experience a shift from extraction-based economies to a service-oriented industry, such as tourism.
  • can identify factors that attract people to remote regions as tourists or second home owners and critically examine the impact of this development on the local society.
  • can evaluate the importance of tourism on the livelihood of coastal communities.
  • can present and explain findings from the scientific literature and discuss them with peers.
  • can develop their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, through course assignments to distinguish between the different physical, social and political contexts present in coastal/marine tourism


Dr. Pat Maher is Dean of Teaching and a Full Professor in Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University in Canada.  He is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative. Pat is Chair of the International Polar Tourism Research Network and lead the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism. His research interests focus on the meanings visitors take away from their experiences in remote/ peripheral/Polar Regions; the pedagogical approaches that assist people to create action from these experiences; and the linkages between visitor behaviour and global sustainability challenges.