As lecturer and researcher Akke specialises in the importance of wildlife in people’s bond with green places in the Netherlands. Her doctoral research showed that wildlife experiences connect individuals with the world, rather than escape it. At NHL Stenden’s research group Marine Wetlands Studies, led by our tourism expert Hans Revier, she dives into research topics such as sustainable tourism, wildlife experiences in tourism and outdoor recreation in National Parks.
Akke’s area of expertise focuses on social valuations of nature regarding the perceived attractiveness of places and place attachment. She is familiar with using innovative qualitative research methods such as walk-along interviews. Her insight into people’s perceptions on nature and landscapes can support nature conservation organisations, local and regional governments, recreational organisations and entrepreneurs. By means of her recommendations, these parties can improve public involvement with specific nature areas, increase repeat visits and increase visitors’ length of stay.