Michael is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Tourism at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland. He examines how socio-cultural, geopolitical and environmental discourses have shaped (internal and external) representations of Iceland while positioning it as a wilderness and gateway global tourist destination. Michael holds a BA in European Studies and Business from New York University and a joint MSc in Sustainable Tourism Management from the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Girona as part of the European Master’s in Tourism Management degree. His previous research has focused on sustainable tourism development, land stewardship and conservation, destination image formation, effects of cultural imperialism and LGBT tourism. Michael is deeply motivated by his interest in travel, writing, culture and the nexus between all three.