. Lab lead:
As the founder of the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab, urban sociologist and associate professor Roos Gerritsma was there at the start of the lab in 2015.
Mariam, a fourth-year Bachelor’s student of Tourism Management at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, is currently working on a graduation assignment at the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Amsterdam. She is supervised by lab lead Roos Gerritsma and learning director Zac Woolfitt.
Her assignment is to create more green near the Buikslotermeerplein in Amsterdam North through regenerative tourism and green placemaking. This was initially a project Mariam worked on during her minor last semester (lab track Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Amsterdam). She enjoyed further developing this concept and creating something with the community, for the community.
1. Which focus points do you consider important for Amsterdam as a tourist and leisure city?
I think that it is important to highlight lesser-known areas, or ‘hidden gems’ of the city (such as Amsterdam Noord for example). There’s more to the city than the frequently visited hotspots, and I think it’s important to showcase that.
What would you like to contribute to our learning community here in Amsterdam Noord (and the surrounding area)?
I would like to play a part in revitalising the area and bringing people a step closer to nature. Ideally, I would love to create more awareness regarding our impact on nature, and what we can do to positively contribute to it.
What is your favorite place in Amsterdam Noord and why?
I have a lot of family and friends that live in/close by the Ijplein. I have a lot of memories there, so that neighbourhood holds a special place in my heart.