Kelly Bricker, PhD is Professor, Director of the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College, and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism, located in ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a practitioner in ecotourism, and consultant.
She completed her Ph.D. with the Penn State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management. She has applied and research experience in ecotourism, visitor and protected area management, and the impacts of tourism.
She has authored books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues, such as Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; on adventure education in Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century, and on graduate education in De-Mystifying Theories in Tourism Research.
She serves the board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as Vice Chair and the Executive Committee of the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN.
Expertise: Nature-based tourism, sustainable tourism, community impacts, value of nature experiences