Doctoral programme Tourism and Leisure in Mountain Regions (TLMR)


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Mike Peters (Institute of Strategic Management, Marketing, and Tourism)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bruno Abegg (Institute of Geography)


To be announced shortly.


The DP Tourism and Leisure in Mountain Regions aims at exploring tourism and leisure development in mountain regions. As tourism research requires multidisciplinary expertise researchers from six research centers will analyze supply and demand patterns but also impacts of tourism and leisure development. The researchers try to understand how tourism and leisure interrelates and impacts major stakeholder groups (e.g. residents, local workforce, guests) but also natural resources in the Alps. Interdisciplinary research circles around eight research foci: Tourist’s travel behavior, local’s leisure demand, data management and optimization, sports and health offers in the mountains, weather and climate conditions, societal aspects of tourism, alpine space & spatial planning and human resources in tourism and leisure industries. Learning from other disciplines to optimize and critically apply mixed research methods as well as intensified exchange of knowledge between senior researcher and our PhD students will help us to deal with the listed research topics in innovative ways and to increase the quality and quantity of tourism and leisure research at the University of Innsbruck.

The DP Tourism and Leisure in Mountain Regions aims at supporting our PhD students with excellent training and education in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment. By providing the opportunities and platforms to delve into other disciplines students can broaden their knowledge and their expertise in their respective research area. Furthermore, the doctoral programme actively enables all members to initiate, develop and publish high-quality and innovative research in tourism and leisure. Based on their respective disciplinary background, researchers – PhD students, post-doc researchers and professors – are able to discuss and further elaborate interdisciplinary approaches. Communication platforms (social media, workshops, informal meetings, etc.) and co-working facilities are developed to foster an active knowledge exchange and enhancement.

Faculty Members

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bruno Abegg (Institute of Geography)
  • Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Manfred Auer (Institute of Organisation and Learning)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Dieter Fensel (Research Institute STI Innsbruck)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin Kopp (Institute of Sport Science)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Mailer (Institute for Infrastructure, Unit for Intelligent Transport Systems)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Mike Peters (Institute of Strategic Management, Marketing, and Tourism)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Schermer (Institute of Sociology)
  • Dr. Martin Schnitzer (Institute of Sport Science)
  • Dr. Robert Steiger (Institute of Public Finance)




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