Marianna Strzelecka

Marianna Strzelecka

Associate professor
Department of Marketing and Tourism Studies School of Business and Economics
3055, Hus Forma, Kalmar
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In 2012 I have earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

In my free time, I am enjoying listening to my record collection and reading graphic novels I have collected over the years.


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

  • Tourism and Sustainability in the Anthropocene, 15 credits
  • Evaluation and Planning of Tourism Sustainability, 7.5 credits
  • Tourism and Ecological Economics, 7.5 credits
  • Advanced Research Methodology and Analytical Tools, 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project (Master) 30 credits, Tourism Studies (course coordinator, supervisor)


My work draws from the fields of political science, sociology, psychology, and political ecology 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.

I have worked with concepts of social-political justice, empowerment, and just destination governance.

I am an affiliated researcher working with the Environmental Social Science Research Team at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where I am looking into the role of tourism & outdoor recreation in shaping human-nature relationships. 


  • 2022  (Principal Investigator) The interplay of big data and AI to monitor and manage the tourism destinations' sustainability (TERESA) Seed funding Knowledge Environemtna Digital Transformations 
  • 2020-2023 (Principal Investigator): 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)
  • 2021-2022 (Researcher): Reconstruction or crises? Transformation of the social-ecological heritage of rivers Sztoła, Baba, and Biała in the face of a rapid environmental change.
  • 2018-2019 (Principal Investigator): Does ecotourism have the ability to empower residents to overcome environmental discrimination due to Natura 2000 in Poland? (project financed through National Science Center, Poland under POLONEZ no. 2016/23/P/HS6/04017)


Editorial Boards:

  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism: 2022- current
  • Studies in Geography (published by University of Warsaw): 2021 - current
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Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Collection (editor) (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