-Brief Summary of Career（Profile）-
|I am from Germany and completed my Master of Science in Regional Planning at Technical University Berlin (in 2003) and my Ph.D. in Forest Landscape Planning at The University of Tokyo (in 2008).
My teaching career in Japan includes schools such as Tokyo University of Science, Sophia University, and Toyo University (the latter full-time since 2019).
Teachings have been mainly about cross-cultural communication, as well as environmental and heritage topics.
My main research fields are as follows:
• Regional tourism theory (地域観光論)
• Cultural tourism and heritage (文化遺産)
• Comprehensive understanding of the quality of the place, scenic beauty as a tourism resource
Recently I am focusing on tourism ethics and meaningful forms of tourism.
-The Latest Research Theme and Activities-
• What does meaningful or value-oriented travel mean?
• And how can we make better use of cultural heritage in rural areas for this purpose?
In particular, I am interested in tourism that appeals to the whole person (body, soul, spirit) and is not just looking for entertainment in the sense of distraction.
Spiritual tourism is a good example of this. It is a growing niche tourism and subject of my latest research.
International Regional Tourism (国際地域観光論)：
Introducing the German DMO “German Romantic Road” and its cultural tourism resources. Learning about historical heritage and townscape in Europe with focus on Germany.
International Tourism Sociology (国際観光社会学)：
Tourism regarded and interpreted from a social perspective: what was travel like in the past, what are the biggest changes since the 20th century, what does globalization mean for tourism, and how can we make travel more meaningful in our times?
Seminar of International Tourism Studies (1st to 4th year)：
Basics on academic writing and research, taught in English, focusing on tourism resources and quality of place in both Europe and Japan.
All classes are mainly taught in English, but Japanese is sometimes added for explanations.
-Message for Students-
In an increasingly globalized world, inter-cultural capability is becoming more and more a key-competence.
English is an international communication tool, but above all it is about thinking outside the box and looking beyond one's own (cultural) horizon.
Another crucial point is developing deeper respect and enthusiasm for ourselves, others, and our planet.
The UN's Sustainability Goals (SDGs) are now on everyone's lips, which is a good thing, but just following a set of goals and rules will not get us out of trouble.
With the right purpose and consciousness, international tourism can become a means for a better world.
Are you interested in such an approach?
Then please attend my lectures and enjoy interactive classes.
Perfect English is not necessary.
Looking forward to seeing you!