Inaugural speech Marcel Bastiaansen: Meaningful leisure and tourism experiences as catalysts of well-being

Leisure and tourism experiences impact individual well-being and the quality of life. There is an enormous and dynamic industry in place in the field of tourism and leisure, and developments in leisure experiences reveal transitions taking place in society. Apart from being interesting and relaxed, it is an important topic for fundamental and applied research, says Prof. Dr. Marcel Bastiaansen in his inaugural address titled Meaningful leisure and tourism experiences as catalysts of well-being. He will deliver his inaugural address at Tilburg University on Friday 10 June.

About Prof. Dr. Marcel Bastiaansen

Prof. Dr. Marcel Bastiaansen received his MSc in Theoretical and Experimental Psychology (1996) and PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences (2000, cum laude) at Tilburg University. Then he moved to Nijmegen, where he held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and at the Donders Institute for Cognitive Neurosciences at Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2013 Marcel took up employment with Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). Here he leads the Experience Lab, where both fundamental and applied research is carried out into the role of emotions in leisure and tourism experiences and how these experiences relate to well-being and quality of life. Since 2016, Marcel has been a member of the Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology at Tilburg University. In 2018, he became a member of the Management Team of the Academy for Leisure & Events of BUas, and he became responsible for scientific education and research of this Academy.

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