Institutt for reiseliv og nordlige studier
Professor Young-Sook Lee is Korean Australian (moved to Australia after her first degree in French Language & Literature at Catholic University of Korea). She completed her PhD in Sociology (applied in tourism) at the University of Queensland, Australia. She worked as a tourism academy in Australia (Griffith University) for over 15 years.
In 2014, she moved to UiT The Arctic University of Norway as Head of Department (Tourism and Northern Studies). Since she moved to Norway, she was an expert adviser at the Nordic Expert Group for the Prime Minister's office in Finland. She also serves as a Expert Panel member for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Her areas of research include East Asian cultural philosophies in nature and tourism, tourist behavior, Arctic tourism and sustainability in tourism. In 2017, she led editing the first Arctic tourism book "Arctic Tourism Experiences: Production, Consumption and Sustainability". In 2018, she was selected as one of the members for the Idea Lab for the Future of Tourism (Idélab-Future Tourism: Sustainable and Profitable) by the Research Council of Norway.