Lecturer of Tourism and Cultural Geography

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Wageningen University & Research


Do you have experience as a lecturer in interdisciplinary tourism, enjoy collaboration and crossing disciplinary and societal boundaries? The Cultural Geography Group (GEO) at Wageningen University is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic candidate like you to teach in their interdisciplinary tourism program.

The primary tasks (70-85%) concern the coordination and teaching of foundational (BTO) and advanced (MTO) tourism courses, next to supervision/examination of student projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level. You are invited to improve and renew courses in collaboration with colleagues at GEO and other chair groups at Wageningen University.

The research focus of the Cultural Geography is on social theory in all its spatial articulations. The group advances creative, critical-constructive scholarship through exploring the ecological and social challenges facing all life on earth. In researching space, place and culture and through engaging with current, historic and future dynamics of socio-ecological systems globally, the group pays special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, mobility, plurality. Thereby the group translates knowledge into practical action in four closely related fields of application. These are: health & care, tourism, nature and landscape. We apply our knowledge and methodologies in a variety of interdisciplinary educational tracks for empowerment and hope in uncertain times.

Researchers with GEO engage with the spatially and culturally situated character of many of Wageningen University and Research's core themes: environment, development, and well-being. Interdisciplinarity is appreciated, as GEO comprises scholars with backgrounds in human geography, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, social psychology, gender studies and science and technology studies. We are international in terms of staff and student composition, research foci and publication record, with our empirical work taking us to East and Southern Africa; South America; Central, West and South-East Asia; Western and South-Eastern Europe and, of course, the Netherlands.

This position is for 0.8 Fte.


  • a PhD in tourism studies, geography and/or relevant science discipline or interdisciplinary field focused on tourism
  • affinity and experience with inter and transdisciplinary research and teaching in a domain relevant to Wageningen University
  • a broad understanding and appreciation of different theoretical and methodological traditions and research techniques used in our field of study;
  • strong methodological skills
  • the ability to link theory with practice
  • good didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and supervising students in an international setting
  • a collaborative orientation and good management skills
  • an inspiring vision for future teaching for the coming years, that fits well in the overall GEO vision and ethos
GEO works to develop and sustain an inclusive academic culture in which people and ideas can flourish. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as women and ethnic minorities, as well as candidates from the Global South.


The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR's Life-Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


This position is fixed for 5 years but offers an opportunity to become embedded within the WUR Tenure Track system, which is a career path for scientists who excel in education and research. We seek to attract talented scientists and to stimulate and support their development. The career path consists of a number of successive career steps from Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor to possibly Personal Professor. For additional information please see: https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Your-development-in-focus/Tenure-Track.htm. A special Education Career Path (ECP) is available to lecturers as well (see: https://www.wur.nl/en/jobs/your-development-in-focus/educational-staff-development.htm)
Job performance evaluation takes place halfway through the 5-year term, and a positive outcome could lead to a permanent position.

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a reduced fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.974 and € 5.439,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in the Netherlands, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences in the Netherlands. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Meer informatie

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Edward H. Huijbens Email: edward.huijbens@wur.nl;

For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, Email: noorien.abbas@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. We also would like you to upload a 600-word statement, which outlines your vision on education and plans for your career progression to be developed in the next 6 years.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including March 1, 2023. The first job interviews will take place in the last two weeks of March 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information, please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.
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