Our People

ASU's Center for Sustainable Tourism is a diverse collection of social, natural and economic scientists working collectively on community tourism development and critical thinking.

The faculty are diverse in their citizenship and race, as well as gender. Their degrees are also varied including tourism sciences, leisure studies, geography, park and recreation studies, and natural resource management.

Kathleen Andereck

Kathleen Andereck
 is a Professor and former Director of the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She serves as the Vice Dean of the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. She received her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. She has extensive experience with curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching and research focus on community-based tourism, volunteer tourism, and natural and cultural resource based tourism. She has worked with communities and organizations on tourism planning including developing a vision for the future and tourism resource assessments, visitor management, and marketing program evaluation. Link to directory page.

 Megha Budruk

Dr. Megha Budruk
 is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources & Development.  Additionally, she is a Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and is affiliated with the Center for Biology and Society, ASU.  Her research interests focus on the special bonds humans form with natural places, social carrying capacity of recreation settings and beneficial outcomes of recreation.  She also studies visitor impacts, experience and management at natural and cultural resource settings such as parks, protected areas, and cultural monuments. She has extensive research experience with several US federal, state, county and local public land management agencies such as in the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Parks and the City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation Department.  Besides the US, she also has a special interest in Asia and has conducted some of her research in India and Taiwan. Her work contributes to the long term sustainability of natural and cultural resource settings such as parks, protected areas, and cultural monuments through an increased understanding of human relationships with these settings and the inclusion of stakeholder perspectives into resource management. Her research has significant cross-cultural and international implications and has appeared in several peer-reviewed articles, a co-edited book on Quality of Life and Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and a co-edited special journal issue on sustainability. Link to directory page.

Christine Buzinde

Christine Buzinde is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development. Her research focuses on endogenous community tourism development.  Her research on tourism development takes place in locations such as Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Ngorongoro, Tanzania. From 2007 to 2012, she was an elected board member for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Tourism Partnership in Harrisburg, PA. Her role was to work with state officials and private industry to create programs to revitalize urban and rural economies in the state through tourism development initiatives that foregrounded community well-being and inclusive communities. She was part of the ASU team that visited VNAT in March 2014. She has taught tourism marketing for over 10 years to undergraduate and graduate students. Link to directory page.

Deepak Chhabra

Deepak Chhabra is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development who specializes in socio-economic impacts of tourism and sustainable management and marketing of culture and heritage. Her research specifically focus on developing smart and sustainable marketing strategies in hospitality and tourism, promoting of ethical consumption/production and social inclusion through active civic engagement and public good initiatives, building of social, cultural, and economic equity/capital in local, regional, and global communities, and examining authenticity and authentication process of heritage commodities. Another key area of expertise that underscores her work is determining visitor expenditures and sustained economic benefits of cultural/heritage, gambling, and nature-based tourism for the host communities, as well as the local and state governments. This includes calculation of direct impacts as well as the multiplier effects and assessment of net economic benefits by factoring in socio-economic costs. She recently conducted an economic impact study for the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department which was recognized at the regional and national level. She also finished an economic impact study recently for the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. She has authored 47 journal publications and written two books as a sole author. Her first book on sustainable marketing of cultural and heritage tourism formulates a proactive rather than a reactive marketing plan that can appeal to consumers, regulators, and suppliers of heritage/cultural tourism institutions (such as heritage hotels, museums, festivals, and historic houses) grounded in a sustainability framework. Her second book is titled ‘Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism: Building a ‘Smart’ Online Marketing Agenda.’ She serves as a board member for several prestigious journals. She is also currently serving as a member of the editorial advisory committee for the rural south Asian studies journal” Initiatives in rural South Asia published by the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (India). Link to directory page.

Woojin Lee

Woojin Lee is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. Her research interests lies primarily in persuasive technology and human-technology Interaction; she especially focuses on the persuasive design of tourism websites affecting tourists’ imagery processing and online consumer behavior. Her work aims to assess the implementation of persuasive techniques including multi-media contents (e.g., pictures/video, storytelling, sounds) in tourism websites’ design. She has expertise in examining the impact of Web 2.0/ Web 3.0 on online consumer behavior while exploring the effects of the social media, mobile applications and smart technologies on tourism marketing and advertising strategies. Her research can contribute to technology-based commerce and tourism marketing such as online destination marketing, the social media marketing in meeting, convention and event industry. She currently is involved in the research of green initiative marketing in the convention and hotel industry. Link to directory page.

Gyan Nyaupane

Gyan Nyaupane is a Professor in the ASU School of Community Resources and Development. He is also affiliated with the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability as a Senior Sustainability Scientist. He has extensive research experience in the fields of parks and public lands, planning and policy, and sustainable tourism. He has conducted research for many agencies, including Arizona State Parks, the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), tourism industry sectors, and international conservation organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Dr. Nyaupane was the principal researcher for the 2008-2012 Arizona Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). His research on state-wide recreation demands, trends, benefits, and issues provided the foundation for the Arizona SCORP. He has conducted USDA Forest Service research for various projects related to carrying capacity, use patterns, recreation user fees, national visitor monitoring (NVUM) surveys, and sustainable recreation. Recently, he completed an innovative BLM research project to develop an approach to connect communities and public lands. This pilot project was conducted in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona around the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Currently, he is leading the Northstar 2025, a BLM funded futuring project to understand various social, political, economic, technological, environmental and other factors that will impact public lands in the future. The project will develop a set of plausible scenarios based on the trends and factors that will help understand uncertainties, stimulate new ideas, and develop resilient policies. He was on the board of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) international. Link to directory page.

Dallen J. Timothy

Dallen J. Timothy is a Professor of Community Resources and Development and Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU. He also currently holds visiting professorships at Indiana University and universities in  China, Italy and Spain. He is the editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, serves on the editorial boards of 16 additional scholarly journals, and is commissioning editor for four book series. Professor Timothy’s tourism and community development-related research interests include cultural heritage, religion and spirituality, migration, globalization processes, geopolitics, and community-based/participatory development. He has researched, consulted or otherwise worked in more than 100 countries and has ongoing fieldwork projects in Arizona and the US Southwest, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. Locally, he has collaborated with the Phoenix Sister Cities office, the Bureau of Land Management, the Arizona Office of Tourism, and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. Internationally Professor Timothy has collaborated with a wide variety of public and non-profit agencies, universities and research scholars. In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism Research by the International Association for Tourism Policy. Link to directory page.

Christine Vogt

Christine Vogt is a Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University.  She is also director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism in the school.  She has over 20 years of tourism marketing and research experience at Arizona State University and Michigan State University primarily working in partnership with state, regional or local tourism government offices, and natural resource agencies and nonprofits. Her research interests focus on tourists’ trip planning and involving residents in tourism planning. In 2014, she held a fellowship with Singapore National Parks where she researched the social values associated with park use. Her goal over the next few years is to help the tourism and natural resource recreation agencies sharpen their sustainability thinking, planning, and outcomes. Reach her at chrisv@asu.edu. Link to directory page.



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