. Lab lead:
Lab lead. As the founder of the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab, urban sociologist and associate lecturer Roos Gerritsma was there at the start of the lab in 2015.
Mirna Albertsma is the link- between students, educational coaches, researchers, partners and any other party wanting to engage with the lab. She functions as a quartermaster for the new location at Buikslotermeerplein, where the lab will be opening its doors this summer, circumstances permitting. ‘It is essential to be physically present in the research area. I will be stationed there to act as a link between this unique multidisciplinary research group and the neighbourhood. And by the time we open, it may even be possible to benefit from our bike rental facilities to explore Amsterdam-North’.
What is your educational background?
I completed a Higher Hotel College study in Leeuwarden, after which I began a Culture, Organisation and Management study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
What do you contribute to the lab as a learning community?
I think that empathy is my strongest added value; I have the capacity to think from the perspective of other people’s interests. That means I am able to make a connection between parties, and I always try to help everyone in the best way possible. Having said that, my passion lies with the students’ development and wellbeing.
What is your favourite spot in Amsterdam-North?
The Schellingwouderdijk, NDSM premises and metro station North.
Finish this sentence: for me, leisure and recreation mean…
… a meaningful connection with fellow human beings and nature.
What factors do you think are key for the positive development of the tourism, recreation and events industries?
To my mind, it is crucial that we increasingly look at tourism, leisure and events as potential vehicles for the solving of social issues.