Kristin Godtman Kling

Forskarassistent|Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Professional title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Academic title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Department: Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism (EJT)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1427851
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  • Visitor address: Kunskapens väg 4
  • Room number: K411
  • Location: Östersund
  • Research centers: ETOUR
  • Employee in the subject: Tourism Studies


I have a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Social Science, focusing on business administration and sustainable business from the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University. After completing the program, I worked in the tourism industry in the Jämtland mountains for a couple of years before I decided it was time to continue my studies. 2015 I completed a one-year Master's program in tourism studies at Mid Sweden University, and was then given the opportunity to enter the PhD-program in tourism studies at ETOUR. I defended my thesis in January 2022.

Area of interest

Key words: Nature-based tourism, accessibility, social justice, conflict management, outdoor recreation, sustainability, mountain tourism, landscape

I wrote my licentiate-thesis in the project "Negotiating Pathways to Multifunctional Landscapes: A Pilot Model in the Jämtland Mountains". My research focused on how recreational trails can be a tool to manage land-use conflicts in the Southern Jämtland Mountains, and also how recreational trails can contribute to a sustainable use of the mountain landscape.

The second part of my PhD was about accessible nature-based tourism for people with physical disabilities. I focused on possibilities and challenges for developing a more inclusive nature-based tourism in Sweden. I was also interested in how public and private actors collaborate regarding the issue of accessible nature-based tourism, and in how the balancing of accessibility vs. nature-conservation can be handled.

The overarching theme of my PhD-thesis where the two projects connect is nature-based tourism in a context of social justice, where different groups in society have different access to tourism and where collaboration between actors to handle conflicts has a central role.


- Accessible nature


Articles in journals

Godtman Kling, K. , Margaryan, L. & Fuchs, M. (2020). (In) equality in the outdoors : gender perspective on recreation and tourism media in the Swedish mountains. Current Issues in Tourism, vol. 23: 2, pp. 233-247.    

Godtman Kling, K. , Dahlberg, A. & Wall-Reinius, S. (2019). Negotiating improved multifunctional landscape use: trails as facilitators for collaboration among stakeholders. Sustainability, vol. 11: 13    

Godtman Kling, K. , Fredman, P. & Wall-Reinius, S. (2017). Trails for Tourism and Outdoor Recreation: A Systematic Literature Review. Tourism, vol. 65: 4, pp. 488-508.    

Conference papers

Godtman Kling, K. (2021). Balancing values of accessible nature-based tourism, nature conservation and the visitor experience. In The 10th MMV Conference : Managing outdoor recreationexperiences in the Anthropocene –Resources, markets, innovations. (MINA fagrapport). pp. 318--319.    

Godtman Kling, K. , Wall-Reinius, S. , Ankre, R. & Ioannides, D. (2019). Accessible and inclusive tourism and recreation : practices of universal design in Sweden. Paper presented at the The 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Trondheim, Norway, June 16–19, 2019

Godtman Kling, K. & Margaryan, L. (2019). (In) equality in the outdoors : gender perspective on recreation and tourism media in the Swedish mountains. Paper presented at the Critical Tourism Studies VIII Conference, Ibiza, Spain, 24-28 June, 2019

Godtman Kling, K. & Wall-Reinius, S. (2018). Negotiating co-existence in multifunctional landscapes: trails as facilitators for communication. In Abstract book.. pp. 108--109.  

Godtman Kling, K. (2016). Forskningsläget kring leder för rekreation - en litteraturstudie. Paper presented at the Storslagen fjällmiljö 2016, Idre fjäll, den 4–5 oktober, 2016

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Godtman Kling, K. (2021). Access to Nature through Tourism : A Study of Four Perspectives on Inclusive Nature-based Tourism. Dis. (Comprehensive summary) Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University, 2021 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 359)  

Licentiate theses, comprehensive summaries

Godtman Kling, K. (2019). Paths to collaboration? A Study on Multifunctional Mountain Trails. Lic. (Comprehensive summary) Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University, 2019 (Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis : 150)  


Godtman Kling, K. & Wall-Reinius, S. (2021). Naturligtvis : Tillgänglig och inkluderande naturturism. Stockholm : (BFUFs rapportserie 18).  

Godtman Kling, K. & Ioannides, D. (2019). Enhancing Accessibility in Tourism & Outdoor Recreation : A Review of Major Research Themes and a Glance at Best Practice. Mid Sweden University (Rapportserien / European Tourism Research Institute 2019:4).  

Wall-Reinius, S. , Fredman, P. , Dahlberg, A. , Svensson, D. , Sörlin, S. & Godtman Kling, K. (2018). Vägar till mångfunktionella landskap : En pilotmodell i Jämtlandsfjällen. Stockholm : Natruvårdsverket (Naturvårdsverket 6820).  

Godtman Kling, K. , Wall-Reinius, S. & Fredman, P. (2017). The Multi-functional Trail : An International Literature Review and the Case of Trails in Southern Jämtland Mountains, Sweden. (Rapportserien / European Tourism Research Institute 2017:1).  

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