Jack Shepherd

Doktorand|Doctoral Student

  • Professional title: Doctoral Student
  • Department: Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism (EJT)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1428896
  • Email: jack.shepherd@miun.se
  • Visitor address: Kunskapens väg 4
  • Location: Östersund
  • Research centers: ETOUR
  • Employee in the subject: Tourism Studies


Coming from the UK, I studied a BA degree in History and French at King’s College London, completing theses that looked at the role of religion in the Bosnian War and the motivations of French volunteers for Nazi Germany. As part of this degree, I spent a year at Sciences Po Paris, predominantly studying political science.

My Master’s degree was completed here in Östersund at Mid Sweden University within tourism studies. My Master’s thesis looked at cross-border tourism cooperation within Jämtland in Sweden and Tröndelag in Norway.

Since September 2017, I have been a PhD student in tourism studies at Mid Sweden University.


My research looks at the role(s) that tourism plays within deeply contested spaces. It has a particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian context. Given the situation in the region, my research focuses on the role tourism can play in aggravating tensions within this contested space, yet more commonly, on the role tourism has in promoting alternative, more constructive, narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian context. My research pays particular attention to tourism spaces, such as hostels, hotels and hiking trails, that are designed to further the peace agenda in the region.
My work also focuses on the development of reflexive methodologies such as autoethnography within tourism studies and the encouragement of emotional, accessible writing.


Articles in journals

Shepherd, J. (2022). Exploring a unifying approach to peacebuilding through tourism : Abraham and Israel/Palestine. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol. 30: 2-3, pp. 482-499.    

Shepherd, J. (2021). ‘I’m not your toy’ : rejecting a tourism boycott. Tourism Recreation Resarch,  

Shepherd, J. , Laven, D. & Shamma, L. (2020). Autoethnographic journeys through contested spaces. Annals of Tourism Research, vol. 84  

Shepherd, J. & Laven, D. (2020). Providing counter-narratives : the positive role of hostels in the Israeli-Palestinian context. Tourism Geographies, vol. 22: 4-5, pp. 848-871.    

Shepherd, J. & Ioannides, D. (2020). Useful funds, disappointing framework : tourism stakeholder experiences of INTERREG. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, vol. 20: 5, pp. 485-502.    

Articles, book reviews

Shepherd, J. (2019). A Review of “The rise of thana-capitalism and tourism” by Maximiliano E. Korstanje. Tourism Geographies, vol. 21: 4, pp. 731-733.    

Shepherd, J. (2018). Chosen legacies : heritage in regional identity. Tourism Geographies, vol. 20: 4, pp. 759-761.  

Chapters in books

Shepherd, J. & Laven, D. (2022). Military Occupations and Tourism. In Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism. London : Routledge. pp. 145-160.  

Shepherd, J. & Laven, D. (2022). The impact of tourism on peace. In Handbook of Tourism Impacts : Social and Environmental Perspectives. Edward Elgar Publishing (Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series). pp. 166-182.  

Shepherd, J. (2021). It’s Okay to Cry : Encouraging Emotional Writing Among Male Tourism Scholars. In Masculinities in the Field : tourism and transdisciplinary research. Channel View Publications. pp. 13-30.  

Shepherd, J. & Laven, D. (2020). Hostels in Hostile Territory : Tourist Spaces of Transformative Dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian Context. In Role and Impact of Tourism in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. Hershey : IGI Global. pp. 195-217.  

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Shepherd, J. (2022). Making Room for Peace : Challenging Intractable Conflict Through Tourism. Dis. (Comprehensive summary) Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University, 2022 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 381)  

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