. 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.
Management & Development assistant at Over het IJ
What do your activities with Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab involve?
I thoroughly enjoyed sharing an ambitious idea for Amsterdam-North with two groups of students. Our ambition is to better connect the different sectors, so that more can be done for North and the community becomes stronger. Sectors are: Culture, Care &Welfare, commercial sector of products and services, education, government and tourism. Organisations within these sectors are interconnected via networks but much less or not at all connected among each other. We therefore want to establish a community North where everyone can find each other, and give and take. Common denominator: Talent development. We have asked students to share their knowlege and experience. The students were actively engaged in structuring this plan and it was thrilling to see their input for the project.
What is your favourite spot in Amsterdam-North?
The NDSM shipyard.
Finish this sentence: for me, leisure and recreation mean…
… relaxing, resetting and inspiration.
What factors do you think are key for the positive development of the tourism, recreation and events industries?
Collaboration between as many parties as possible.
What is your ambition in relation to the collaboration with the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Amsterdam?