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  • 1.
    Carlquist, Jonas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Pfister, Linda
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Stjernström, Olof
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Språk och planering2017In: Plan, ISSN 0032-0560, no 1, p. 48-51Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2. David, Inês
    et al.
    Eimermann, Marco
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    An exploration of a lifestyle migration industry2015In: Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices / [ed] Kate Torkington, Inês David, João Sardinha, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, p. 138-160Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mobility to second homes, sometimes referred to as residential tourism, can be conceptually framed within the emerging concept of lifestyle mobilities. Although related, it differs from tourism in that it refers to relatively permanent movement which entails the intention and material efforts to create a home and a living in the destination context. Tourism mobility is facilitated by agents offering services and products enabling experiences of novelty, difference, authenticity, quality of life and the like. Lifestyle mobilities in many ways taps into this production system but also include products and services related to housing, furbishing and to making a living in place. On an international level the production system is further complicated. In migration studies, the concept of a migration industry refers to the amalgam of agents making a profit out of catering to the needs of migrants. This study is a joint reflection on the production dimension of lifestyle mobilities in the European context. We explore the agents brokering lifestyle for Swedes in Malta; Swedish rural municipalities' place marketing in the Netherlands; and the role of lifestyle media in the Algarve, Portugal. We aim to answer the question: “how (if at all) could the concept of a migration industry be applied to lifestyle mobilities?”.

  • 3.
    Müller, Dieter K.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    Developing destinations in the Northern periphery2013In: Learning Transnational Learning / [ed] Mariusen, Åke & Virkkala, Seija, Oxon: Routledge, 2013, p. 311-325Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 4. Svels, Kristina
    et al.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Second homes and the commons: terms for second home leaseholds and collective action in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland2018In: The Routledge handbook of second home tourism and mobilities / [ed] C. Michael Hall and Dieter Müller, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018, p. 39-51Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    Buying a Place Abroad: Processes of Recreational Property Acquisition2013In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 632-652Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the search for the good life,' moving to warmer destinations is a growing trend among affluent individuals from the northern parts of Europe and North America. Induced by quality-of-life drivers, property acquisition is an integral part of this search. Property acquisition behavior has earlier been conceptualized in various models of consumer behavior; however, these models are not sophisticated enough to explain the multiple drivers and complexity of lifestyle- and leisure-led acquisitions, especially if they are international in scope. In this paper, the process of recreational property acquisition is explored, based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with Swedes in Malta. Acquisition is found to be influenced by both internal drivers and motives, and external factors that are highly contextualized. This study explains the importance of the contextual frameworks and external influences on decision-making, and conceptualizes the process of international recreational property acquisition.

  • 6.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
    Gold of Lapland: Turismutveckling - det goda exemplet i Västerbotten2009Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 7.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Selling a place in the sun: International property mediation as production of lifestyle mobility2012In: Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, ISSN 1303-2917, E-ISSN 2156-6909, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 251-267Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Buying property abroad is not a new phenomenon, but academic research into the complexities of international property mediation is underdeveloped. This paper adopts a wide perspective on lifestyle-driven mobilities, including the semi-permanent relocation of Swedes to warmer destinations in the Mediterranean and other regions, and explores the functions of international property mediation. On the basis of data gathered from interviews with property agents, the objectives are to describe the organization of the international property sector, to understand the mediating roles of property agents, and position property mediation as production of lifestyle mobility. Property agents are understood to play a crucial role as intermediaries, influencing the client's decisions by combining instrumental, interactionary, communicative, and social functions of mediation. Because of their superior expertise on property transaction procedures and regulations, area characteristics and contact networks, agents may influence clients' decisions; however this also depends on their skills in interpreting client expectations and experiences, and the ability of the client to manage the process themselves.

  • 8.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Strategic lifestyle management in later life: Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta seeking the 'best of both worlds'2017In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 23, no 1, article id e1964Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In affluent societies, an active choice of lifestyle is increasingly becoming an option. With increased possibilities for mobility, opportunities to lead a good life can be accessed across global space. However, lifestyle management is largely directed and constrained by structural frameworks, and movers have to allocate resources and experience in order to manoeuvre structures and make optimal lifestyle choices. This paper explores how residential mobility may be used as a resource to gain access to opportunities. Based on thematic analysis of in-depth interviews, this is performed by exploring the experiences of Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta, in their tailoring of mobility practices that allow them to enjoy opportunities for the good life in both countries. The research questions that have guided this study are as follows: (a) What does the good life comprise? (b) How are structural frameworks surrounding opportunities for lifestyle management perceived by movers? and (c) In what ways do movers actively tailor their mobility practices to achieve the good life? The results show that movers are highly engaged in tailoring their access to opportunities through place fixity, such as permanent residency and social integration, and through routinised and timed mobility practices.

  • 9.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
    The Best of Both Worlds: Aspirations, Drivers and Practices of Swedish Lifestyle Movers in Malta2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    It has often been claimed that contemporary societies are shaped by globalization; the rapid interconnections of societies, economies, markets, flows and information potentially linking all places in the world to each other. In search for experiences, variation, escape or comfort, individuals are travelling, circulating, and migrating between places, challenging the notions of ‘home’ and ‘away’, ‘everyday’ and ‘extraordinary’. This thesis addresses the ways lifestyle-led mobilities are produced and performed, by studying the mobility trajectories and experiences of Swedes dividing their time seasonally between Sweden and Malta. It explores how movers are faced with a structural framework that both facilitates and directs their choices concerning mobility, and how they interpret and respond to these structures. It also explores the imaginaries, meanings, and feelings for place, identity, and lifestyle that the movers negotiate through their mobility practices and through the links they create and sustain in places. Thus, this thesis is situated in an evolving field of research on lifestyle mobilities. Lifestyle mobilities are here defined as those mobility practices undertaken by individuals based on their freedom of choice, of a temporal or more permanent duration, with or without any significant ‘home base(s)’, that are primarily driven by aspirations to increase ‘quality of life’, and that are primarily related to the individuals’ lifestyle values.

    The thesis is based on four individual papers exploring different aspects lifestyle mobility. The aim is to understand how production and performance aspects of lifestyle mobilities are related, and how notions of identity and belonging are negotiated in relation to lifestyle mobility practices. The production aspect relates to those structures and frameworks that create, facilitate, or sometimes delimit opportunities for lifestyle mobility while the performance aspect focuses on individual agency and meaning of lifestyle mobility practices. The studies are based on in-depth interviews with Swedish movers in Malta, and focus on how structural frameworks and mediations influence the ways that movers manoeuvre, manipulate or adapt to structures and influences in order to arrange their life context to achieve ‘quality of life’. A second aim focuses on the ways that movers reflect upon their identities and belongings as they travel routinely between two (or more) significant places, and how this may influence mobility practices. It is concluded that structures and mediations are both facilitating and delimiting movers’ space of choice regarding mobility decisions. Through their agency, movers negotiate their space of choice by allocating resources and experience, accessing supportive networks and tailoring their access to entitlements. The production and performance aspects of lifestyle mobility practices are interlinked in complex ways.

  • 10.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    et al.
    Karlstads universitet, Institutionen för geografi, medier och kommunikation.
    Back, Andreas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography.
    Turism på landsbygden - en betydande näring2019In: Samhällsplaneringens teori och praktik / [ed] Gunnel Forsberg, Stockholm: Liber, 2019, 1, p. 235-244Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Müller, Dieter K.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Implementing Tourism Events: The Discourses of Umeå's Bid for European Capital of Culture 20142012In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 164-180Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Regional competitiveness has become a truism for many places today. In line with this competitive discourse, planners in Umeå, Northern Sweden, are seeking to create a sticky place where capital and people are attracted by enhancing the cultural sector through the hosting of events. By implementing the bid for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2014 through a positive growth-oriented discourse, it is hoped that a multitude of stakeholders will come together in a network of co-creation, and enhance an image of the city as a creative and gushing place with endless development possibilities. This paper studies how a development proposal is implemented among the stakeholders by seeking to create positive expectations. With a point of departure in stakeholder theory and interdiscursive analysis, this study explores the role of discourse in stakeholder dynamics and engagement. The results of this study show that implementation is not merely a marketing process, but different opinions will emerge that may contest the official discourse, and that the outcomes of the implementation strategy may be hard to control unless the official discourse is consciously elaborated to adapt to these counter-discourses.

  • 12.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. Center for Tourism Studies, University of Eastern Finland.
    Pitkänen, Kati
    Center for Tourism Studies, University of Eastern Finland.
    Hiltunen, Mervi J.
    Center for Tourism Studies, university of Eastern Finland.
    Overvåg, Kjell
    Eastern Norway Research Institute.
    Müller, Dieter K.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Kahila, Petri
    Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland.
    Health, well-being and second homes: an outline of current research and policy challenges2015In: Matkaliututkimus, Finnish Journal of Tourism research, ISSN 1796-1300, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 43-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Healthy living environments and housing conditions are important foci of Nordic health and welfare policies. However, policies and research on living conditions have mostly explored people’s permanent living environments, adhering to thinking about health in terms of fixity in place. What has not been acknowledged is that a considerable amount of Nordic people live in a continuous interaction of more than one place of dwelling. An illustrative example of the significance of mobile lifestyles is the use of second homes. Second home tourism is usually assumed to increase health and well-being. However, research on well-being and the health effects of second home tourism has been limited. In this paper we propose a research framework to approach second homes and well-being by identifying place and mobility as the key aspects in comprehending the relationship between health, wellbeing and second homes. Furthermore, we argue that the mobile lifestyles considerably challenge existing regulatory frameworks and provision of services as multi-local living is not systematically accounted for. Failing to acknowledge mobile lifestyles and multiple dwelling will degrade possibilities to respond to the current and long-term challenges of the distribution of health and welfare.

  • 13.
    Åkerlund, Ulrika
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Sandberg, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Stories of lifestyle mobility: representing self and place in the search for the 'good life'2015In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 351-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent decades, mobility researchers have paid increasing attention to the flows of relatively privileged individuals whose mobility practices are largely understood to be lifestyle-motivated, consumption-led and tourism-induced (e.g. Benson, M., & O'Reilly, K. (Eds.). (2009). Lifestyle migration: Expectations, aspirations and experiences. Surrey: Ashgate; King, R., Warnes, A. M., & Williams, A. M. (2000). Sunset lives: British retirement migration to the Mediterranean. Oxford: Berg). Situated within the context of lifestyle mobilities, this paper aims to analyse the significance of place and representations of place in the movers' stories of mobility. The mobility experiences of Swedish retirees practicing routinised and seasonal mobility between Sweden and Malta have been analysed, and this paper explores how they actively give meaning to their choices and decisions. In their narratives, the movers express their representations of themselves in relation not only to their imaginings of places and to their belongings to and engagements with these places, but also to their mobility practices. The findings contribute to a discussion of how place imaginaries and self-identities are constructed through lifestyle mobility practices.

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