Considering the uncertainties regarding travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Switzerland, the Tourism and Crisis summer school will be organized in an online format. 

The summer school tackles the concept of crisis in tourism from an interdisciplinary perspective (geography, political science, marketing, history). Participants will investigate the issues raised by the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, situating them in relation to other crises facing tourism: economic or financial crises, crises linked to terrorism, war or natural disasters (e.g. tsunamis). These crises give rise to reorganizations of both business models and practices, in the short, medium and longer term, which will be studied thanks to diverse examples, in Switzerland and around the world.

DescriptionSpeakersOrganizersTarget audienceLearning objectivesProgrammeFeesApplication
21 – 23 June, 2021
For whom?
Master’s or PhD students and professionals
How much?
CHF 50.- for students, CHF 100.- for professionals
Non credited course, Official Certificate of Attendance delivered
 The 2021 Tourism and Crisis summer school will host the following speakers:

Emmanuel Fragnière, Professor, HES-SO Valais Wallis, Switzerland

Isabelle Frochot, Senior Lecturer, Savoie-Mont-Blanc University, France

Michael Hall, Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Laurent Tissot, Professor, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Gustav Visser, Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Edward Huijbens, Professor, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands


Leïla Kebir, Professor at University of Lausanne

Marjolaine Gros-Balthazard, Post-doctoral fellow at University of Lausanne

Léa Canevet and Diane Laugel, Doctoral assistants at University of Lausanne

Scientific committee

Laine Chanteloup, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Christophe Clivaz, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Marjolaine Gros-Balthazard, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Leïla Kebir, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Emmanuel Reynard, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Mathis Stock, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Students at MA and PhD level in social sciences, humanities or tourism studies as well as tourism professionals or equivalent (minimum qualification bachelor).

  • Ability to discuss the notion of crises in tourism
  • Ability to identify the main issues of the multi-dimensional crises, global or localized, in tourism
  • Ability to analyze opportunities and challenges in tourism posed by crises
  • Ability to write a collective scientific paper
The course will be held online
Programm and activities:

  • 5 lectures (around 15 hours) by several speakers from different disciplines
  • A public conference about history of tourism crises in Switzerland
  • Wrap-up workshop

Online programme

Student fees : CHF 50.-
Professional fees : CHF 100.-

Registration is open.

Application deadline : May 17

You can apply online, by clicking on the blue button below. Your application should include:

  1. A CV, with your academic records
  2. A cover letter explaining what you expect from your participation and stating your motivation in relation to your thesis or research project

When your application is complete, please submit it under the “Application status” column.

Registration is open