a) To develop inter-disciplinary research capacity, explore existing research frames and plan new research pathways through collaboration between established and early career researchers on the Action’s three key knowledge areas (tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services), in a wellspecified series of seminars, conferences, researchers’ exchanges (STSM), summer schools and joint publications (see specific objectives below);

b) To explore opportunities for development of cross-disciplinary methodological approaches and promote knowledge transfer between different empirical research traditions, by bringing together different research communities experienced in the evaluation of cultural, wellbeing, economic and management dimensions;

c) To provide a core inter-disciplinary body of knowledge that can support both the continuation of wider research collaborations or specific research spin-offs with different thematic and geographical foci, through the development of new EU partnerships and joint research proposals;

d) To involve the policymaking and practitioner communities in order to open up the scientific discussion to these stakeholders and find effective ways to transfer knowledge and put it into practice, including the production of research-informed strategic insights and recommendations. This inter-stakeholder dialogue will be promoted both by widening the participation in the Action’s seminars and conferences to industry and public sector representatives, as well as creating dedicated outputs aimed at informing policy and practice drawing from best available research.

Secondary/specific objectives:

a) Research network meetings (conferences, workshops and training schools) i) Two large scale research conferences ii)Four joint WGs workshops/seminars over four years (one joint workshop per year), bringing together all WGs to allow the development of work both within and across each WG.

b) Support to Early Career Researchers (developing research capacity): i) Four training schools in four years, with at least 60% of spaces reserved for ECRs; ii) 16 STSM over 4 years aimed at PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs); iii) Promotion of at least one new PhD project around each WG’s theme.

c) Publications/dissemination: i) Two sets of conference proceedings; ii) One Final Action Publication, in the format of an edited book of key issues and findings; iii) Publication of research results in high quality peer-reviewed journals per WG and four; iv) A dedicated Action website, together with a virtual research network community.

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