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Sustainable Tourism Colloquium


The sustainable tourism colloquium has four main goals:

  • Deepen knowledge and understanding related to sustainability and international tourism, specific in the context of Alpine Community Resilience
  • Acquaint students with self-directed and meta-cognitive learning of professional, instrumental and social skills relevant for sustainability leadership, in an experiential outdoor setting
  • Engage in a transdisciplinary sustainability research project
  • Develop communication and media competence to tell narratives of resilience and sustainability as a preparation for a major international conference

The colloquium is organized in an introductionary seminar followed by a field trip to the Italian Piedmont Mountains and the developing site of the MonViso Institute.

In the introductionary seminar, students will get an overview on most recent advances in transdisciplinary sustainability science, and learn about relevant research tools, i.e. network analysis and transition approaches on community resilience of social-ecological systems to various types of change. Sustainable tourism, permaculture/agro-forestry, mobility, architecture, renewable energy and “Alpine Urbanism” are examples for specific topics to be introduced as a preparation for the field trip. The following field trip to the community of Ostana (Piedmont) will be discussed and organized, while students are asked to take over specific organizational and preparatory tasks for that trip (such as food shopping/cooking, media preparation, literature reading,…).

During the journey to Ostana by train and bus, students have time for further readings and preparation. Once in Ostana, we will interview about ten local people and record 90-seconds interview movies on their individual perceptions, needs and experience for living in this re-vived community. A major goal is to narrate the revival of this community both by re-constructing the development of social networks and by analysing the cornerstones for living a new “Alpine Urbanism”. Another local topic is the Albergo Diffuso concept. The social network study should develop a structural tool to better link existing services to a „networked offer in hospitality and beyond“.

Students will finally prepare the social network graph data and video presentation to be presented at the AlpWeek in mid October 2016, Grassau, Germany.

Textbook & Material

Reading material will be distributed at the introduction seminar.



Luthe T.

Course director

Additional information

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