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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    http://post2015.iisd.org/events/65th-annual-un-dpi...
  • 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.
  • 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. “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.
  • Review Destination Criteria - 2018 Workshop. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/02/2018.
  • Eco Innovation & Managing Sustainable Tourism. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/19/2018.
  • Economics and much more: Socio-Ecological Benefits of Dark Sky Protection. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/10/2018.
  • Managing Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/01/2018.
  • Nature-based tourism and certification. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/24/2018.

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

  • K. Bricker, N. Lackey & L. Joyner (2018). Theodore Roosevelt National Park: GSTC Review 2018. University of Utah. Published, 12/28/2018.
  • K. Schwab, M. Brownlee, K. Bricker & D. Dustin (2018). Lessons from the Legends: The Life of the Mind. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, 12/28/2018.
  • Kelly S. Bricker, D. Dustin, K. Schwab & M. Brownlee (2018). Lessons from the Legends: Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings Alike. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, 12/28/2018.
  • K. Schwab, D. Dustin, M. Brownlee & K. Bricker (2018). Lessons from the Legends: Recreation for All. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, 12/27/2018.
  • M. Brownlee, K. Bricker, K. Schwab & D. Dustin (2018). Lessons from the Legends: Seven Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, 12/27/2018.
  • D. Dustin, K. Bricker, K. Schwab & M. Brownlee (2018). Lessons from the Legends: Pay It Forward. Journal of Recreation and Park Administration. Vol. 37. Accepted, 12/27/2018.
  • K. Bricker (2018). Business and Sustainable Tourism. Edward Elgar Publishing, UK. Accepted, 12/03/2018.
  • K. Bricker & D. Kerstetter (2018). Effecting Positive Change through Ecotourism: The Future We Want. (pp. 104). Routledge. Published, 12/01/2018.
  • Sue Snyman & Kelly S. Bricker (2018). Living on the Edge: Benefit-sharing from protected area tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Accepted, 11/08/2018.
  • D. Schmalz, M. Parr, M.G. Powell, K. Bricker & D. Dustin (2018). Post-tenure pathways: Individualized careers in higher education. Schole. Accepted, 11/01/2018.
  • D. Schmalz, L. Joyner, L.N. Duffy, K. Bricker & K.K. Blomquist (2018). The Cycle of Food Socialisation: Leisure as Resistance. Annals of Leisure Research. Accepted, 11/01/2018.
  • Hendricks, B., K. Schwab, K. Bricker, C. Zajchowski & D. Dustin (2018). The Future of Parks and Recreation: One Health. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Accepted, 11/01/2018.
  • N. Lackey, L. Joyner & K. Bricker (2018). Ecotourism Outlook 2018. US Travel Service. Published, 10/01/2018.
  • K. Bricker & L. Joyner (2018). Feed thy tourist well: CAFOs or Cooperatives? . (pp. 96-116). Routledge, NY, NY. Published, 08/01/2018.
  • D. Dustin, K. Bricker, K. Schwab & M. Brownlee (2018). Lessons from the Legends: Dream Big. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Accepted, 08/01/2018.
  • K. Bricker, N. Lackey & L. Joyner (2018). Theodore Roosevelt National Park Community Engagement Study Report. University of Utah. Published, 07/31/2018.
  • J. Rose, M. Brownlee & K. Bricker (2018). Managers’ perceptions of illegal marijuana cultivation on U.S. federal lands.. (pp. 69-88). University Press of Kansas. Published, 06/01/2018.
  • E. Gatti, K. Bricker & M. Brownlee (2018). Human dimensions of winter use in Yellowstone National Park: A gap analysis (1972–2013). Park Science. Vol. 34(1), 116-125. Published, 01/01/2018.