The increasing physical and mental illness burden on healthcare systems, coupled with the neoliberal de-institutionalisation and privatisation of care, has led to a growing preoccupation in contemporary societies with the ways our everyday environments relate to well-being, happiness and quality of life.
With the exploration of the environment as a site for disease prevention and health promotion a priority at Wageningen University & Research, researchers working on the intersections between tourism, accessibility and health are engaged in two lines of research. The first focuses on the therapeutic role of natural environments (e.g., blue- and greenspaces like forests, water and care farms). The second attends to the impacts of significant demographic and epidemiological trends (e.g., ageing, growing proportions of chronic illness and disability affecting people’s mobility, senses and cognition) on the accessibility of tourism and travel opportunities.
Publications on accessible tourism & health tourism
The Application of Salutogenesis in Communities and Neighborhoods
In: The Handbook of Salutogenesis / , Mittelmark, M.B., Sagy, S., Eriksson, M., Bauer, G., Pelikan, J.M., Lindström, B., Espnes, G.A.. - : Springer - ISBN 9783319045993 - p. 159 - 170.
More than medical tourism: lessons from Indonesia and Malaysia on SouthSouth intra-regional medical travel
Current Issues in Tourism 20 (2017)1. - ISSN 1368-3500 - 18 p.