INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION Commission Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change


New Perspectives on Second Homes

9-11 June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Second homes tourism has recently gained increased attention among scholars in geography, tourism, housing studies and planning. Reasons for this development can be found in the growing scope of the phenomenon, but also in its rising globalization and internationalisation as well as concerns over its broader impacts in some situations, especially with respect to community relations, housing and environmental change. Recent research in the field also indicates that second home tourism is not one phenomenon, but rather an umbrella concept for a variety of different forms of temporary mobility and multiple dwelling. Furthermore, there is increased awareness of the changing role of second homes during the life course of individuals, households and the second home residences themselves. Hence, even in the scientific literature different terminology is used to describe the temporal and spatial mobility between places; second home tourism, seasonal migration and residential tourism are only some examples of the terms and concepts that are used. Moreover, caravanning and boating can also be seen as other forms of leisure oriented multiple dwelling strategies, while urban second homes are also becoming recognised as a significant second home phenomenon not least because of their potential wider implications for housing availability and costs.

Against this background the conference invites social scientists committed to the investigation of second homes and related consumption-led temporary mobilites to submit papers to a conference dedicated to this phenomenon. Papers may address the following or related topics;

  • Second home mobilities
  • Second home community, social and economic impacts
  • Second home use
  • Residential tourism
  • The implications of second homes for housing markets
  • Place attachment
  • Urban second homes
  • Planning, governance and second homes
  • Caravans and other non-stationary second homes
  • Environmental implications of second homes and multiple dwelling
  • The use of second homes over the lifecourse
  • Second homes in historical contexts


The conference is organized by the Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University and the International Geographical Union Commission Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change.

Prof. Dieter K. Müller, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden, Chair, IGU Commission Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change.
Prof. C. Michael Hall, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Assist. Prof. Roger Marjavaara, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dieter K. Müller, Umeå University, Sweden
Prof. C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Assist. Prof. Roger Marjavaara, Umeå University, Sweden
Assist. Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, Univeristy of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof. Gustav Visser, University of the Free State, South Africa
Dr. Kati Pitkänen, Finnish Environmental Institute, Finland


The conference is organized at Skeviks Gård, a manor in the Stockholm archipelago. The venue and the program imply a limitation of participants and paper presentations. Altogether a maximum of 30 papers can be hosted during the conference.


The conference package includes accommodation and all meals. Sponsors have been contacted and hence no final price has so far been decided upon. The costs will however been set with regards to the factual costs arising.

Reduced fees for PhD-students cannot be granted. However sharing a room will enable to reduce costs significantly.


Abstracts should be submitted not later than 15th February 2014 to All abstract will be reviewed and 30 of them will be accepted for the conference. Notification of acceptance will be send out not later than 1st March 2014.

Besides paper title, authors and affiliations, abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should contain information on theoretical background, methodology, results and conclusions. The have to be submitted in a compatible Word-format.


The conference is expected to be documented in a book and a special issue of a selected journal.

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Information on the conference and practicalities in context with the conference will be published on the conference webpage.

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