As director of ETFI Stefan is responsible for the progress and administration of the project portfolio of ETFI and he leads the team. He also conducts research for the leisure economy. Stefan is a lecturer and education developer at the School of Leisure & Tourism of Stenden University. He often acts as a guest speaker in the field of education and the business field.
Stefan obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on the development and planning of landscapes which are in the process of becoming destinations for tourism and leisure. He is a specialist on topics concerning the interplay between strategic spatial planning, tourism and leisure. Stefan helps operators in the leisure and tourism industry to develop strategies and actions that allow them to continually manage changing circumstances. To do so, he uses his knowledge of transition management, resilience and adaptive capacity.