Marianna Strzelecka

Marianna Strzelecka

Associate Professor
Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship School of Business and Economics
3055, Hus Forma, Kalmar
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I am keen on working in projects incorporating community and environmental psychology perspectives to explore issues of sustainable tourism related to nature protection and rural communities.

Besides my work with LNU, I am affiliated with Nature Protection, Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Research Team at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (, lead by Professor Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak. 

  • 2018-2019 I was the PI for the project concerned Natura 2000 justice and the role of nature-based tourism in empowering rural residents (project financed through National Science Center, Poland under POLONEZ no. 2016/23/P/HS6/04017)
  • 2020-2023 I am PI of a project titled: Can outdoor leisure make us all better stewards of nature?- a study of how emotions and values foster river stewardship in rural areas (Project is financed through National Science Center, Poland under agreement no UMO-2019/35/B/HS6/01986)

For more information on my current and past projects and collaborations please check my profile on Researchgate:


I coordinate and teach courses within Tourism and Sustainability Master Programme.


My work is informed by the philosophy of empowerment and draws from the fields of political science, sociology, psychology and nature conservation to shed light on the socio-cultural aspects of the relationships between communities of place and local 'natures', and how tourism allows to re-negotiate these relationships.


Article in journal (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles



Strzelecka, M., Sorensen, J. & Wicks, B. (2011). The role of place attachment in revitalization of neighborhood parks in East St. Louis. Society & Leisure 33, 251-271.

Strzelecka, M. & Wicks, B. (2010). Engaging residents in planning for sustainable rural-nature tourism in post-Communist Poland. Community Development 41 (3), 370-384