Hin Hoarau Heemstra

Associate Professor Faculty of Social Sciences
+47 75 51 76 19
Bodø, Hovedbygning 3074

About me

I am an associate professor at the Nord University Business school where I teach and do research. 

I am currently the project leader of the international research project Sustainable Arctic Cruise Communities: from practice to governance (2020-2023).

I have academic interest and expertise in tourism innovation studies, animal ethics in tourism, sustainability, community development and entrepreneurship 

I have a background as consultant and coordinator in sustainable development projects in the Netherlands. In 2010, I moved to Norway to do my PhD on innovation in experience based tourism. I defended my thesis at Nord University in 2015. The title is: Practicing open innovation in experience-based tourism: the roles of knowledge, values and reflexivity.

I live in the Northern Norwegian countryside with my husband, two daughters and our dog. I love nature, long walks, skiing and the mid-night sun. 


I teach at the bachelor and master level, mainly in management and innovation. I also supervise master students and PhD candidates on their thesis work. 



My research is mainly within the field of tourism, learning and innovation. I am currently doing research on sustainability certifications in Norwegian tourism destinations and the role of values and animal ethics in tourism innovation processes. 
From september 2020 the focus of my research will be on community resilience to cruise developments, destination development, learning, sustainability and governance in Arctic cruise destinations. 

I am currently involved in the following research projects:
  • Sustainable Arctic Cruise Communities: from practice to governance (2020-2023)
  • A sustainable future for Norwegian experience based tourism (2016-2020)