Professor, Director

Kelly Bricker

Contact Info

Institution: University of Utah

Phone: (916) 206-3189

Address: University Center, 411 N. Central Ave. Suite 550 Suite 550, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, US


Research Disciplines

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Community Planning

  • Outdoor Recreation

  • Sustainable Tourism

Research Interests

Visitor use management, sustainable outdoor recreation management.




Kelly Bricker, PhD is Professor, Director of the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College, located in ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, 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 Programing 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.  


  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
  • MS, Western Illinois University, Outdoor Recreation Administration
  • BS, Western Illinois University, Outdoor Recreation Administration, minor in Zoology