Tourism and sustainable development

Tourism is increasingly put forward by international, national and local nature conservation and development organizations, governments and the tourism industry as a promising mechanism to resolve societal problems related to the conservation-development nexus. As a consequence new institutional arrangements, policies and practices emerge at different levels of scale (from the local to the global) in various developing countries. However, many of these are neither theoretically nor empirically judged on their merits and contributions to sustainable development. This research is a collaborative effort to address current knowledge gaps in sustainable tourism development in a number of developing countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Namibia) as well as European countries (the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal).

Research group:
René van der Duim (project leader)
Arjaan Pellis (PhD researcher)
Amos Ochieng (PhD researcher)
Tabitha Mugo (PhD researcher)
Boy van Droffelaar (PhD researcher)
Chalermpat Pongajarn (PhD researcher)
Timo Derriks (PhD researcher)
Nowella Anyango (PhD researcher)
T.Said (PhD researcher)
M. Schroder (PhD researcher)
Machiel Lamers (ENP, Wageningen University)
Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers (Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia.)
Jakomijn van Wijk (Maastricht School of Management)
Paul Peeters (PhD researcher, NHTV)

In collaboration with:
NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
Maastricht School of Management
WWF Netherlands
MVO Tourism Network
Centre of Expertise for Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality (CELTH)
ATLAS and ATLAS Africa
Rewilding Europe
African Wildlife Foundation
Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (USA)