The Upper Navua Conservation Area, Fiji
  • Director, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Research Statement

I am a sociologist and geographer with an interest in sustainable forms of tourism development, with a particular focus on nature-based tourism and socio-cultural tourism impacts. I approach these concepts from multi-disciplinary perspectives by incorporating into my investigations aspects of socio-cultural anthropology, geographical concepts of place attachment, and principles of ecology, outdoor recreation and natural resource management.
 

Research Keywords

  • Tourism impacts
  • Tourism certification
  • Sustainability
  • Protected Areas and Sustainability
  • Community health and well-being and tourism

Presentations

  • Bricker, K. S. (2014). Extending the Classroom: Learning in Nature and Abroad. The Wasatch Experience: A program to elevate sustainability teaching at the U of Utah. August 18, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/18/2015.
  • Brownlee, M., & Bricker, K.S. (June 2015). Winter use at Yellowstone National Park: A research gap analysis. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). Utah and Sustainable Destination Planning: Realizing Life Elevated through standards and guidelines. Governors Outdoor Recreation Summit, May 08, 2015. Salt Lake City, UT (invited). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/08/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S., Murray, A., Blair, J., Deborah Kerstetter, Gatti, E. (2015). A Systematic Review of Theses and Dissertations on Sustainable and Ecotourism from 1990-2014. Presentation at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, Quito, Ecuador, April 27 – 30. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/27/2015.
  • Schultz, J., & Bricker, K.S. (2015). Cultural humility and well-being: Ecotourism conversations from Fiji’s Interior Highlands. Presentation at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, Quito, Ecuador, April 27 – 30. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/27/2015.
  • Brownlee, M. & Bricker, K.S. (April 2015). Operationalizing park health resources: An interactive workshop. Workshop co-facilitator at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Annapolis, Maryland. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/15/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S., Brownlee, M., Kerstetter, D., Burns, R., & Nayaupane, G. (April 2015). Finding common ground: Synergies in ecotourism and outdoor recreation research. Roundtable discussion at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Annapolis, Maryland. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/15/2015.
  • Brownlee, M. & Bricker, K.S. (April 2015). Seasonality and visitors’ sense of place at Yellowstone National Park. Paper presented at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Annapolis, Maryland. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/15/2015.
  • Moser, M., Brownlee, M., Bricker, K.S., & Gatti, E. (March 2015). Human dimensions of winter use in Yellowstone National Park: A gap analysis. Paper presented at The George Wright Society Conference. Oakland, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/15/2015.
  • Brownlee, M., & Bricker, K.S. (March 2015). A research gap analysis of the human dimensions of winter use at Yellowstone National Park. Paper presented at Science for Parks, Parks for Science Summit. Berkley, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/15/2015.
  • Brownlee, M., & Bricker, K.S. (March 2015). Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Maximizing the benefits of Utah’s natural and cultural landscapes. Utah Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Provo, UT. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/15/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S., & Brownlee, M. (March 2015). Winter in Yellowstone National Park: An exploration of visitor activity and place meaning. Paper presented at Science for Parks, Parks for Science Summit. Berkley, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/15/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals-Partners or Foes? ASU School of Community Resources & Development, 2015 Graduate Seminar. Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, March 6, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/06/2015.
  • Brownlee, M., Rose, J., & Bricker, K.S. (February, 2015). Illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands: Management perspectives. Paper presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, Santa Rosa, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). Ecotourism: A Mechanism for Effecting Positive Change? “Ecotourism: A Partnership with Nature? The Canisius Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations Special Symposium. January 18-19, 2015, Buffalo, NY. (presenter and panel speaker). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/18/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2014). Sustainable Tourism and its ability – or inability to address social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Presentation Global Change and Sustainability Center Fall Seminar Series, University of Utah, September 23. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/23/2104.
  • Bricker, K. S. (2014). The role of tourism in connecting new generations to nature: Case Study Fiji. World Parks Congress Session Lead: Inspiring the Next Generation. World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia, November 12-19. (Session lead, presenter). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/12/2014.
  • Workshop on Sustainable Tourism. "Sustainable Tourism and Contributions to the MDGs" United Nations 2015 65th DPI/NGO Conference 2015, NY, NY. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/27/2014.
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  • Bricker, K.S. (2014). Workshop on Protected Areas and Tourism, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Plenary Presenter, November 25. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/25/2015.
  • GP Red Think Tank, Innovations in Planning and Leadership. "The GSTC-Destination Map for a Sustainable Future." July 9th-11, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/10/2014.
  • Schultz, J., & Bricker, K. (2014). Conversations on ecotourism: An inland Fijian perspective. Presentation at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, Salt Lake City, May 29 – 31. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/29/2014.
  • Greenwood, J. B., Bricker, K. S., & Hendricks, W. W. (accepted, in progress). The economic and community well-being benefits of recreation opportunities [poster]. 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference. San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/25/2013.
  • Hendricks, W. W., Bricker, K. S., & Greenwood, J. B. (accepted, in progress). Californians’ outdoor recreation in 2012 [poster]. California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference Leisure Research Symposium, Ontario, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/15/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Conceptualizing sustainable tourism as a mechanism for social and environmental justice.” International Tourism Congress (ITC'13), Peniche, Portugal, 27th - 29th November, 2013. (Keynote)(Cancelled due to a death in the family). Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 11/27/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). Trends and Issues in Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism. Colorado State University, November 12-13, 2013, Fort Collins, CO. (Undergraduate Lecture). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/13/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change.” Colorado State University, November 12-13, Fort Collins, CO. (Lecture, Annual Graduate Research Symposium) . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/12/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Promoting sustainability through Destination Criteria: The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations. Webinar sponsored by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, November 5, 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/05/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Ecotourism and Poverty Alleviation.” Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism: United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 29 - 30 October 2013. United Nations Environmental Programme. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/29/2013.
  • Hendricks, W., Bricker, K.S., Whiting, J., and Burns, R. "Contemporary SCORP surveys: perspectives from California, Georgia and Oregon.” 2013 National Recreation and Park Association Congress, Leisure Research Symposium, Houston, TX, October 8-11. (Juried) . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/09/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Global Criteria and Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change.” The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Tri Hita Karana International Conference on Sustainable Development, Special Focus on Tourism. Bali, Indonesia, October 5-6, 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/06/2013.
  • Dustin, D., Bricker, K.S., & Schwab, K. "Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Human Health." 10th World Wilderness Congress, Salamanca, Spain October 5, 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/05/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Global Trends in Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism.” The Long Run Initiative Segara Retreat, September 28-30, 2013, Segara, Kenya. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/28/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S., Dustin, D., Schwab, K. (2013). Greening Health:Toward a Global Model of Ecologically-Based Health Promotion. The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, September 23-27, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/25/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S., (2013). The Importance of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria in Reaching International Markets. Second Annual Congress on Sustainable Tourism. August 23, 2013. Puerto Vara, Chile. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/23/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism Trends.” Duoc University. August 22, 2013. Santiago, Chile (Key Lecturer). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/22/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Quality Tourism Experiences.” Duoc University. August 21, 2013. Valpariso, Chile (Key Lecturer). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/21/2013.
  • Rose, J., Brownlee, M., & Bricker, K.S. (June, 2013). Cannabis production and cultivation on public lands: An analysis of land managers’ perspectives. International Symposium on Society and Natural Resource Management. Estes Park, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/15/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2013). “Working towards a greater good: Sustainable tourism and the millennium development goals.” March 7, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Day, ITB Berlin, Germany (Keynote). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/07/2013.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism in the U.S.A.” Presentation to the MPA Hainan Program, University of Utah, March 31, 2011. Presentation, Other, 07/2011.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Educational Programs in Sustainable Tourism.” Presentation to the U.S. Department of Commerce Delegation from the former Soviet Union, August 17, 2010. Presentation, Other, 07/2010.
  • Bricker, K.S. “Sustainable Tourism Global Initiatives.” Turkistan Delegation on International Tourism, Utah Valley Community College International Symposia Program, May 15, 2010. Presentation, Other, 07/2010.
  • Bricker, K., Ezaki, A. (2009) Ecotourism Outlook 2009. Conference Paper presented at US Travel Association, Washington DC. Conference Paper, Other, 10/01/2009.
  • Bricker K, Leahy J, Mowen A, Smaldone D, Pierskalla C. (2009) Roundtable on Health and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. Conference Paper presented at USFS, Newton Square, PA. Conference Paper, Other, 10/01/2009.

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • ARI California Polytechnic Grant: Outdoor Recreation and Quality of Life. PI: Kelly Bricker. Co-PI(s): William Hendricks, Jerusha Greenwood. 07/12/2012 - 08/31/2013.
  • California SCORP. PI: William Hendricks. Co-PI(s): Kelly Bricker, Jerusha Greenwood. 05/15/2012 - 05/15/2014.

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Africa
    Community-based tourism, impacts of tourism.
  • Fiji
    Longitudinal research on tourism and quality of life in rural communities.

Publications

  • Brownlee, Matthew T.J., Zajchowski, Chris, Bricker, Kelly S., Powell, Robert B. & Sgalitzer, Hilary A. (2016). Modelling travellers’ philanthropy: tourists’ motivations to donate at Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 15(1), 1-20. Published, 2016.
  • Snyman S. & Bricker K.S. (2016). Living on the edge: Benefit-sharing from protected area tourism. (pp. 1480-1481). Vol. 24. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Published, 10/02/2016.
  • Bricker, K.S., Hendricks, W. W., Greenwood, J.B., & Aschenbrenner, C.A. (2016). Californians’ Perceptions of the Influence of Parks and Recreation on Quality of Life. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(1), 78-96. Published, 08/01/2016.
  • Bricker, K.S. & Kerstetter, D. (2016). Ecotourism and Environmental Management: A Case Study of a Partnership for Conservation in Fiji. Sustainable Island Tourism: Seasonality, Competitiveness, and Quality-of-life. (Accepted February 27, 2016, publish date May 2016). Edited by Patrizia Modica and Muzaffer Uysal. CABI Series in Tourism Research. Publication year (2016). Published, 05/2016.
  • Bricker, Kelly (2016). Demystifying Theories in Tourism Research. C A B Intl. Published, 01/31/2016.
  • Bricker, K.S., Black, R. (2016). Framework for Understanding Sustainability in the Context of Tourism Operators, pp. 81-100. In McCool, S. and Bosak, K. (Eds.). Reframing Sustainable Tourism. Springer Publishing Company, NY, NY. Published, 01/2016.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2016). Endless Opportunities to Effect Positive Change: Perspectives on Tourism & Travel. In K. Vaidya (Ed.) Chapter 6: Travel and Tourism Management for the Curious: Why Study Travel and Tourism Management. The Curious Academic Publishing Publication year (2016). Published, 01/2016.
  • Brownlee, M., Bricker, K., & Dustin, D. (2016). Introduction to Healthy Parks, Healthy People Special Issue (2). Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(1), 1-4. Published, 01/2016.
  • Sgalitzer, H., Brownlee, M., Bricker, K.S., & Powell, R. (2016). Travelers’ philanthropy: Understanding tourists’ motivations to donate at Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Journal of Ecotourism, DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2015.1117091. Published, 01/2016.
  • Gatti, E., Brownlee, M., & Bricker, K.S. (2015). Human dimensions of winter use in Yellowstone National Park: A research gap analysis. Park Science. Published, 01/2016.
  • Schwab, K., Bricker, K., Brownlee, T.J., & Dustin, D. (2016). Lessons from the California Legends. California Parks & Recreation, Fall: 24-25, 28-29. Published, 01/2016.
  • Dustin, D.L., Bricker, K.S., Brownlee, M.T.J., & Schwab, K. (2016). Lessons from the Legends: A Content Analysis of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration’s Legends Videos. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(1), 120-130. Published, 01/2016.
  • Bushell, R. and Bricker, K.S. (2016). Tourism in Protected Areas: Developing meaningful standards. Journal Tourism and Hospitality Research (SAGE), Special Issue Tourism and Protected Areas: A review of the last decade, March 16, 2016, pp. 1-15. Published, 01/2016.
  • Rose, Jeff, Brownlee, Matthew T. J. & Bricker, Kelly S. (2015). Managers’ Perceptions of Illegal Marijuana Cultivation on U.S. Federal Lands. Informa UK Limited. 1-18. Published, 2015.
  • Dustin, D., Schwab, K., & Bricker, K. (2015). "Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Human Health." In A. Watson, S. Carver, & Z. Krenova. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-000. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2015, pp. 169-175. Published, 10/2015.
  • Black, R., and Bricker, K.S. (Eds.) (2015). Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. Venture Publishing, State College, PA. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. and Black, R. (2015). Sustainability in Adventure Programming: Maximizing Benefits for Cultural Preservation, Nature Conservation, and Local Resident’s Well-being. In, Black, R., and Bricker, K.S. (Eds.). Adventure Programming and Travel in the 21st Century. Venture Publishing, State College, PA. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). Invited Introduction. Cater, C. Garrod, B. and Low, T. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Tourism. CABI. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). The Millennium Development Goals. Cater, C. Garrod, B. and Low, T. (eds.) (2013). The Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Tourism. CABI. (Invited). Published, 01/2015.
  • Dustin, D., Schwab, K., & Bricker, K. "Celebrating Leisure Studies: Onward, Outward, and Upward." In D. Scott, G. Walker, & M. Stodolska (Eds.) Leisure matters: The state and future of leisure studies. Venture Publishing, 2015, pp. 353-357. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker K.S. & Donohoe, H. (2015). Theory and the future of tourism research. In Bricker, K. and Donohoe, H. (Eds.) Demystifying Theories in Tourism. CABI Publisher. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker, K.S. (2015). The Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Cater, C. Garrod, B. and Low, T. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Tourism. CABI. (Invited). Published, 01/2015.
  • Dustin, D., Bricker, K.S., Negley, S., Brownlee, M., Schwab, K., & Lundberg, N. (2015) Chapter 21: Where do we go from here? In This Land is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families, Dustin, D., K. Bricker, S. Negley, M. Brownlee, K. Schwab, & N. Lundberg. Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker K.S., Donohoe, H., Becera, L., & Nickerson, N. (2015). Theoretical Perspectives on Tourism-An introduction. In Bricker, K. and Donohoe, H. (Eds.) Demystifying Theories in Tourism. CABI Publisher. Published, 01/2015.
  • Dustin, D., Bricker, K.S., Negley, S., Brownlee, M., Schwab, K., & Lundberg, N. (Eds.) (2015). This Land is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families. Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing. Published, 01/2015.
  • Black, R. and Bricker, K.S. (2015). Adventure Programming and Travel: Transitioning into the 21st Century with Future Opportunities and Challenges. In, Black, R., and Bricker, K.S. (Eds.). Adventure Programming and Travel in the 21st Century. Venture Publishing, State College, PA. Published, 01/2015.
  • Black, R. and Bricker, K.S. (2015). Introduction to Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. In, Black, R., and Bricker, K.S. (Eds.). Adventure Programming and Travel in the 21st Century. Venture Publishing, State College, PA. Published, 01/2015.
  • Bricker, Kelly (2012). Sustainable Tourism & The Millennium Development Goals. Jones & Bartlett Learning. Published, 08/01/2012.
  • Bricker, Kelly S., Dustin, Daniel L. & Schwab, Keri A. (2009). People and Nature: Toward an Ecological Model of Health Promotion. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 32(1), 3-14. Published, 2009.
  • GRAEFE, ALAN, KYLE, GERARD, WICKHAM, THOMAS & BRICKER, KELLY (2004). An Examination of Recreationists' Relationships with Activities and Settings. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 26(2), 123-142. Published, 2004.
  • Kerstetter, Deborah, Confer, John & Bricker, Kelly (1998). Industrial Heritage Attractions: Types and Tourists. Informa UK Limited. Vol. 7(2), 91-104. Published, 1998.