Swen is a tourism management lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Inholland in Amsterdam, where he teaches on sustainability, ethics, policy and research methods, besides running tourism research projects.
Previously he taught at the university of Manabí, Ecuador, where he also investigated sustainable tourism development and politics. Furthermore, he has been involved in tourism research in Kenya, Gabon and Nicaragua. Swen holds a master of science degree in Leisure, Tourism and Environment from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In 2017 he was president of the jury for the Terres Catalunya International Eco & Tourism Film Festival in Tortosa, Spain. Unsurprisingly, his main interests are sustainability and the future of tourism and he believes film plays a very important role in the diffusion of the sustainability movement, which is going to change not only the way we travel, but how we live at large!