Vanessa Meinen, PhD

Events and marketing, tourism and sustainability – these are the topics Vanessa Meinen is engaged in since more than 20 years. Born in Cleve, she studied International Tourism Management in Freiburg, Brighton (UK) and Heide/Westcoast, which she completed as Master of Arts. Stays abroad during her studies but also in her following professional career influenced her interest in travelling and other cultures.

As a project manager in business tourism she gained practical experience in two agencies based in Hamburg, where she was responsible for the organisation of scientific congresses and controlling of project teams at both, national and international, level. After about ten years in the operative project management in tourism, marketing and international events she focuses since 2013 on the transfer of her enthusiasm for issues in sustainable event management and tourism marketing as a lecturer at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and is happy to share this interest with students and colleagues. Since 2014 she is working as program coordinator for the study program Sustainable Tourism and since 2023 as project manager for TransRegINT.

Besides this she is finished 2022 her PhD thesis focusing sustainable strategies in business events management at Doctoral School of the Institute of Management Research from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands and conducts research to walking or horseback riding tourism and especially sustainability.

Vanessa Meinen lives close to the Dutch border.


Jansen-Meinen, V. (2013): Tagungen und Kongresse. In: Kirchner, Manuela (Hrsg.). Events in der Wissenschaft. Edition Ratgeber Wissenschaftsmarketing,  Bd. 3, Berlin: Innokomm Forschungszentrum & TUBS Berlin, S. 73 – 115

Reiser, D. and Jansen-Meinen, V., 2017. Walking in Germany- between recreation and ideology, In: Hall, C.M., Ram, Y. and Shoval, N., The Routledge Handbook of Walking Studies. Leisure, travel and wellbeing, Routledge, London.

Meinen, V. (2022). Steering sustainable events performance: Towards a more balanced assessment of sustainable association events. Dissertation.


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