René van der Duim

René van der Duim studied tourism at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (1972-1975) and sociology at Tilburg University (1975 –1981). Since 1991 he lectures and executes research projects at the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. His research focuses on the relation between tourism and sustainable development. He executed international tourism projects, specifically in Costa Rica and Eastern Africa (Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda), and supervised numerous MSc-student tourism research projects in all parts of the world. In 2005 he finished his doctorate studies and published the book ‘Tourismscapes’ in which he introduced an actor-network perspective on sustainable tourism development. His research focuses on the relation between tourism, conservation and development. He had a Special Professorship in Tourism and Sustainable Development at Wageningen University from 2009 to 2014. Since the 1st of March 2015 he now is Personal Professor at the Cultural Geography Group at Wageningen. He is also Chair of ATLAS, board member of ATLAS-Africa, and member of the Steering Committee of  the MVO-tourism network. See also

Keywords: tourism, actor-network theory, conservation, sustainable development


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