Tourism@WUR brings together a variety of academic researchers and PhD candidates from different disciplines and fields at Wageningen University who are engaged in the study of tourism.


Tourism mirrors many complex dynamics of our contemporary societies. This research cluster therefore not only sees tourism itself as a constitutive force in economic, cultural, social, political, technological and environmental processes, but also as an important lens through which to examine global concerns and transformations more broadly.  Wageningen tourism scholars focus their attention on tourism’s relation to landscape, poverty, nature conservation, global environmental change, health(care), (sustainable) development, indigeneity, culture and agriculture, and critically engage with how tourism is executed.

Tourism@WUR aims to explore tourism from multiple theoretical perspectives and to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary debate for those who share common research interests. Through meetings, workshops, seminars and other such events, Tourism@WUR provides a platform for tourism scholars to meet, exchange ideas, and undertake new initiatives relevant to tourism studies at Wageningen University and beyond.

For more information, please check out this website.

Contact persons:

Edward Huijbens  Robert Fletcher


WUR Faculty

Edward Huijbens (GEO)

Polar tourism, landscape perceptions, climate change, tourism development

Dr. Bas Amelung (ESA)

Climate change, ecosystem services, agent-based modelling

Prof. Bram Büscher (SDC)

Ecotourism; branding; conservation; Southern Africa

Emmanuel Adu-Ampong


Dr. Karolina Doughty (GEO)

Motilities, health & wellbeing; Europe

Prof. Rene van der Duim (GEO)

Sustainable development, conservation, actor-network theory; Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe, Netherlands

Dr. ir. Martijn Duineveld (GEO)

Mass tourism, Governance, Urban Studies, Power, Democracy

Dr. Robert Fletcher (SDC)

Ecotourism, adventure tourism, conservation; Latin America, East Africa

Dr. Maarten Jacobs (GEO)

Human dimensions of natural resources, psychology; Netherlands, Global

Dr. Stasja Koot (SDC)

Ecotourism, indigeneity, conservation; Southern Africa

Dr. Machiel Lamers (EPN)

Conservation tourism, environmental mobilities, governance; Polar Regions, East Africa, Indonesia, Caribbean

Dr. Meghann Ormond (GEO)

Mobilities, migration, health (care), the body, wellbeing, disability studies; Europe, South-east Asia

Dr. Karin Peters (GEO)

Mobilities, migration, leisure; Netherlands, Europe

Dr. Pieter de Vries (SDC)

Slum tourism; development, participation; Latin America

PhD Candidates

Christine Ampumuza (GEO)

Conservation, development, competing claims; Uganda

Nowella Anyongo (ENP/GEO):

Conservation finance, networks and flows, traceability in transnational organisations; Netherlands, Kenya

Ery Atmodjo (ENP)

Marine tourism, livelihood, governance; Indonesia

Jose Barrena (ENP)

Mobilities, fishing communities, political ecology; Southern Chile

Martine Bakker (GEO)

Inclusive growth; Global

Linde van Bets (ENP)

Marine community, cruise tourism, adaptation; Arctic, Caribbean

Harald Buijtendijk (GEO)

Innovation, actor-network theory; Netherlands

Timo Derriks (GEO)

Innovation, practice theory; Netherlands

Esther Gitonga (ESA)

Climate change impacts, climate change adaptation, wildlife; Kenya

Halima Hassan (ESA)

Climate change, ecosystem services, wildlife; Tanzania

Peter Kruizinga (GEO)

Health, biopolitics, entrepreneurship; Netherlands

Trista Lin (GEO)

Voluntourism; Peru, Ecuador

Jesse Montes (SDC)

Ecotourism, political ecology, neoliberalism; Bhutan

Tabitha Mugo (GEO)

Conservation, development, landscape governance; Kenya

Amos Ochieng (GEO)

Conservation, development, sports hunting; Uganda

Arjaan Pellis (GEO)

Conservation, development, conflict; Namibia, Kenya, Europe

Thani Said (GEO)

Climate change, livelihoods; Zanzibar

Jillian Student (ENP/ESA)

climate vulnerability, companion modelling, agent-based modelling; Caribbean