Teaching Mountain Resilience and Sustainable Tourism

I have been teaching this graduate block course in a blended learning format with a combination of an introductionary and summarizing lecture, and a one-week field stay in the Italian Piedmont mountains. Master students engaged in experiential learning in community development, alpine urbanism, international tourism, focusing on sustainable mobility concepts, footprint accounting, consumer behavior and network-based hospitality governance. Students interacted with the community doing interviews and videos, collecting data for a social network analysis, setting up a social camp fire, exploring the natural surroundings and celebrating together. The results of this transdisciplinary learning experience were prepared for presentation at a major conference. Master in Economics and Communication in International Tourism: Sustainable Tourism Colloquium, University of Lugano, CH.