Teacher at Kiruna Secondary School, 1967 - 1978.
Senior Lecturer Mid Sweden University, 1978 - 2006.
Prorector MID Sweden University, 1990 - 1991.
Head of System Science Institution Mid Sweden University, 1991.
Head of Tourism Science Institution Mid Sweden University, 1995 - 1996.
Research Director at Center for Tourism and Regional Research, Nexø, Denmark, 1996 - 1999.
Director for Center for Tourism and Regional Research, Nexø, Denmark, 1999 - 2000.
Opponent, Anette Therkelsen Doctoral thesis, University of Aalborg, Denmark, 1999.
Senior researcher, Center for Tourism and Regional Research, Nexø, Denmark, 2000 - 2008.
Assistant professor Holar University College, 2009 - 2012.
Member of Examination Board for György Ängelkott Bocz Doctoral thesis, Swedish Agricultural University, Alnarp.
Supervisor for Sandra Granquist Master thesis, University of Stockholm, Dep of Zoology, 2013.
Articles in Refereed Scientific Journals
1. Nilsson, P. Å. (2013), Centripetal and Centrifugal Force. A cse study of regional push and pull factors for bback-movers in Morthern Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Northern Norway. Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning, Vol. 4, No.1, 2013, pp. 87-94.
2. Nilsson, P. Å. (2008), Tourism in cold water islands. A matter of contract? Experience from destination development in the Polar North. Island Studies Journal Vol.3, No. 1, 1998, pp. 97-112.
3. Nilsson, P. Å. (2007), Stakeholder theory: The need for a convenor. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 171-184.
4. Ioannides, D., Nilsson, P. Å. (2006), Transboundary Collaboration in Tourism: the Case of the Bothnian Arc. Tourism Geographies Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 122-142.
5. Nilsson, P. Å., Petersen, T., Wanhill, S. (2005), Tourism Policy in Peripheral Areas: The Arjeplog Case. Service Industry Journal Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 579-600.
6. Getz, D., Nilsson, P. Å. (2004), Responses of Family Businesses. Tourism Management, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 17-30.
7. Nilsson, P. Å. (2002), Stay on a farms: An ideological background. Annals of Tourism Research, Vol.29, No. 1, pp. 7-24.
8. Nilsson, P. Å. (2001), Tourist Destination Development: The Åre Valley. Scandinavian Journal of Tourism, Vol. 1, No. 1.
9. Nilsson, P. Å. (1991), A contribution of a new type of regional policy. The case of the Blind Spot. Razvoj, International Journal of Development, IRMO Zagreb.
1. Nilsson, P. Å. (2013), Tourist background and local acceptance. A case study of tourists in Northern Iceland. Akureyri: Iceland Centre for Tourism Research.
2. Nilsson, P. Å. (2011), Attitudes to wild life. An interdisciplinary attempt to improve codes of conduct for wild life watching. Saudarkrokur: Holar University College.
3. Nilsson, P. Å. (2010), Back movers and inmovers. A study of back migration flows into small societies over time. Saudarkrokur: Holar University College.
4. Nilsson, P. Å. (2005), Responses to atypical tourism in the Bothnian Arc Rim Nexø: CRT.
5. Nilsson, P. Å. (2004), The White Sea Extension - Possible tourism connections between Bothnian Arc Region and Russian Karelia Nexø: CRT.
6. Marcussen, C. H., Nilsson, P. Å., Pedersen, J., Pedersen, K. M. (2005), Cruise tourism in the Baltic and Bothnian Sea Nexø: CRT.
7. Nilsson, P. Å. (2002), Rekreation og tilængelighed i et tætbefolket område [Recreation and accessibility in a densly populated area] Nexø: CRT.
8. Nilsson, P. Å. (2002), Tourism business networking and restructuring on Bornholm Roskilde: RUC.
Book Chapters (Refereed)
1. Nilsson, P. Å., Granquist, S. (2013), The Wild North: Network Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism n a Fragile Marine Environment in the Arctic Region In D. Müller, L. Lundmark & Lemelin, R.H. (Eds) New Issues in Polar Tourism. Heidelberg: Springer.
2. Nilsson, P. Å. (2012), Twenty years of scientification. The Nordic Symposium for Hospitality and Tourism research 1992-2011. Hammerdal: Hammerdal Förlag.
3. Granquist, S., Nilsson, P. Å. (2013), The Wild North: Network cooperation for sustainable tourism in a fragile marine environment in the Arctic region In D. Müller, L. Lundmark & R. Lemelin New Issues in Polar Tourism Heidelberg: Springer.
4. Nilsson, P. Å. (2007), Cruise tourism and the new tourist: The need for a different typology? I Lück, Michael Nautical tourism New York: Cognizant.
5. Nilsson, P. Å. (2007), Turismens historie [History of tourism] In Anders Sørensen (Ed) Grundbog i turisme Köpenhamn: Frydenlund.
6. Ankre, R-M, Nilsson, P. Å. (2007), A Northern Island World – Luleå Archipelago, Sweden in Extreme Island Tourism: Lessons from the World´s Cold Water Islands (Ed Godtfrey Baldacchino) University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada.
7. Sørensen, A., Nilsson, P. Å. (2003), What is managed when managing tourism? In Derek Hall (Ed) New directions in rural tourism London: Ashgate.
8. Nilsson, P. Å. (2002), The agrarian landscape: real and virtual rurality – a contribution to a synthesis. InPihlainen & Tirkkonen (Ed) The new countryside and transformations in operating environment Åbo: Turku University.
9. Nilsson, P. Å. (2000), Tourism’s Role in New Rural Policy for Peripheral Areas In Frances Brown & Derek Hall (Eds) Tourism in peripheral areas Clevedon: Channel view publications.
10. Nilsson, P. Å. (1998), A new rural policy In Nils Aarsæther & Ole Bærenholdt (Ed) Coping Strategies in the North. MOST, UNESCO Copenhagen.
1. Twenty years of scientification. The 21th Nordic Tourism Research Conference i Umeå, November, 2012.
2. Wilderness tourism- a matter of interdisciplinary concern? The case of interaction between harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and tourists at Vatnsnes peninsula, Iceland. Sustainable Tourism Conference on Relationships in Sustainable Tourism Development. Savonlinna, Finland Oktober 19-21, 2011.
3. Harmony between man and nature. The case of seal watching at Vatnsnes Peninsula, Iceland 2nd International Conference onSolutions on Harmonising sustainability and nature protection with socio-economic stability.Vidzeme Augusti 2010.
4. The Wild North – network cooperation for sustainable tourism in a fragile marine environment in the Arctic Region. The 2nd International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference, Abisko, Juni, 2010.
5. QAS – a method to increase sustainable awareness?Nordic Tourism Research Conference Akureyri, September, 2010.
6. The tourism product as culture for unaccustomed. The 18th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Esbjerg, September, 2009.
7. Advances in nature based tourism products. The 17th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Lillehammer, September, 2008.
8. Recreational capital and accessibility to nature.The 16th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Helsingborg, September, 2007.
9. Cruise tourism and the new tourist - Is it time for a new definition?The 14th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Akureyri, September, 2005.
10. Cruise Tourism in the Baltic and Bothnian Sea.The 13th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Ålborg, October, 2004.
11. Rekreation och tillgänglighet i ett tättbefolkat område.The 10th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Vasa, October, 2001.
12. Forms for transmission of different types of knowledge within small-scale business in peripheral areas. The Case of Arjeplog.Northern Periphery Conference Spetsbergen, February, 2001.
13. Forms for transmission of different types of knowledge within small-scale business in peripheral areas. The Case of Arjeplog. The 9th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Bornholm, October, 2000.
14. Integration as an instrument for development.The 6th Nordic-Baltic Conference in Regional Research Riga, October, 2000.
15. Mountain Tourism in Sweden. The Åre Valley during 100 years.The 8th Nordic Tourism Research Conference, Alta, 1999.
16. Rural reality versus virtual rurality. Rustica Nova Conference on Rural Tourism, Somerniemi, 1999.
17. Rural Tourism and its ideological roots. Rural Tourism Management Conference: Sustainable Options, September, 1998. Scottish Agriculture College Ayr.
18. Exogenous and Endogenous Forces in Coping Processes.Circumpolar Coping Processes Project Conference Isafjördur, March, 1998.
19. Rural Tourism as a Development Resource in Peripheral Areas – A Contribution to a New Rural Policy. The 5th Circumpolar Co-operation Conference Luleå, June 1997.
20. Local Will and Urban Demand. The 5th Nordic Tourism Research Conference Rovaniemi, December 1996.
21. The Wolf as a Resource.Conference Tourism for Peace in Montreal, September, 1994.
22. Tourism Planning and Development. A Concept of Distance-Independent Technology for Education. International Conference on school based in-service teacher training. Sotji, June, 1994.
23. The North Calotte - a historical view of regional politics.The 3rd Circumpolar Universities Co-operation Conference Rovaniemi, 1992.
24. The Blind Spot - A Contribution to a New Regional Policy.International Federation for Housing and Planning. The 40th World Congress Dublin, September, 1990.