Kelly Bricker is a Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah.
She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management.
She has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the impacts of tourism.
She has authored and edited books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues in Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; educational texts focused on adventure education in Adventure Programing and Travel for the 21st Century and graduate education in De-Mystifying Theories in Tourism Research; and most recently, relevant to current projects, co-edited This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families.
Dr. Bricker serves the boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, The International Ecotourism Society, the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization 10YFP for sustainable development, and the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN. With partners in OARS and her husband, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.
Expertise: Nature-based tourism, sustainable tourism, community impacts, value of nature experiences