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 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


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 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 Mexico, Tanzania, US, and Ecuador. 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 and advanced tourism theory for over 10 years to undergraduate and graduate students, respectively. She is a faculty academy member of ASU’s Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities. Link to directory page


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 focuses on authenticity and authentication of heritage commodities, developing smart and sustainable marketing strategies in hospitality and tourism, building of social, cultural, and economic equity/capital in local, regional, and global communities, and therapeutic potential of alternate healing and immunity building mechanisms through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as indigenous yoga and meditation programs. She has worked on numerous economic impact studies at the local, regional and statewide level. As an instance, her economic impact of gambling study, sponsored by the Iowa Legislative Council received national and international recognition. Her economic impact study for the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department was recognized at the regional and national level in the United States. She has also conducted an economic impact study for the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and for Arizona State Parks on off-highway vehicle recreation. She has authored more than fifty journal publications and two authored. 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. Her third book: ‘resilient authentication of heritage tourism in transformative times’ is forthcoming. She has also served as a guest editor, on a variety of contemporary issues, for numerous leading journals.  Link to directory page


Yunseon Choe is an assistant professor at the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. Prior to joining ASU, she worked as a research professor at Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She was the recipient of the Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship and Korean Research Foundation Fellowship. Her research theme falls within the nexus of people, park, and tourism toward sustainability. In this context, she has explored issues and relationships among stakeholder groups in the U.S. and Asia. From a U.S. perspective, she has examined specific lines of inquiry related to environmentalism, stakeholder participation in decision-making, and planning and management issues at parks and tourism. Transferring U.S. models to various settings in Asia, her research has focused on the examination of multiple themes (visitor behavior, national parks, residents’ perceptions of impact of tourism/mega-events, community development), utilizing the latest technological advances within the context of people, parks and tourism areas management. Link to directory page


Dr. Bruno Ferreira is an assistant professor of tourism development and management at the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. He holds a Bsc. in Sports Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a Msc. and a PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. He is a guest editor in the special issue of Sustainability "Microentrepreneurial Resilience and Recovery in Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic". His research is centered around the intersection of tourism, entrepreneurship and community development, looking at the psychological and environmental antecedents of tourism microentrepreneurship among individuals with vulnerable livelihoods. He developed the concept of Permatourism, a holistic tourism planning and management framework grounded in systems thinking and design principles. This novel approach to destination management pursues the complementarity between a diverse set of stakeholders in the tourism business ecosystem, with the aim to elevate the uniqueness and competitiveness of destinations as well as to regenerate economically depressed communities. Dr. Ferreira has worked in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia as a researcher, instructor, project manager and consultant in community development projects leveraging the economic muscle of tourism. In the future, he wants to continue to carry out engaged research and contribute to making tourism a force for good. Link to directory page


Woojin Lee is an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and holds a masters’ degree in Hotel Administration from University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Dr. Lee’s research interests lies primarily in examining the impacts of information technology on online consumer behavior, especially the effects of social media and mobile application on tourism marketing and advertising strategies. She has also conducted social media content analysis exploring users’ engagement and their decision making.

Currently, Dr. Lee is continuously focusing on the effects of the social media in promoting the events, adoption and diffusion of the sharing economy, using of mobile applications and smart technologies on tourist behavior. Her research can contribute to adoption of the innovative technology within the tourism and hospitality industry wile exploring online destination marketing, the social media marketing in meeting and events industry, the impact of the sharing economy on tourist behavior and AI application to integrated hotel marketing and management. Link to directory page


Junyu Lu is an assistant professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU. His research interests focus on parks and recreation management, climate change and adaptation, sustainability, and agricultural community engagement. His future research will center on the sustainability of parks and tourism in the context of climate change. In his research, he integrates advanced methodologies, including advanced statistical methods, GIS techniques, high-performance computing (HPC), and cloud computing. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, including Scientific Reports (a Nature research journal), Applied Geography, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, etc.  Before joining ASU, he was a postdoc in Natural Resources Social Science Lab at Purdue University involving in multiple research projects on understanding the use of online agricultural Decision Support Tools developed by the Useful to Usable (U2U) team and climate change and adaptation in agriculture. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of South Carolina – Columbia in 2018. During his Ph.D., he has been working with NOAA’s Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) team for five years on a range of climate change and adaptation research projects. Link to directory page


Meghan Muldoon is an assistant professor at the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. Her areas of research interest include the intersections of tourism and poverty, postcolonialism, race, gender, Indigeneity and tourism representations and critical pedagogies. She is a past recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award and the Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship Award and is an active member of the Critical Tourism Studies network. Link to directory page.


Gyan Nyaupane is a Professor in the ASU School of Community Resources and Development. He currently serves as the Interim Dean of Research for the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He also affiliated with the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation as a Senior Sustainability Scientist. He has research interest in understanding the relationship between tourists and both the natural and cultural resources, and how tourism helps to conserve the environment and alleviate poverty. He has done extensive research on topics related to sustainable tourism, heritage tourism, protected areas, poverty, user fees, indigeneity, planning and policy. 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 and 2018-2023 Arizona Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (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. 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. He is led the Northstar 2025 project, 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 developed a set of plausible scenarios based on the trends and factors to understand uncertainties, stimulate new ideas, and develop resilient policies. 

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has co-authored a book on Heritage and Tourism in the Developing World and currently co-editing a book titled, "Tourism and Development in the Himalayas: Social, Environmental and Economic Forces." He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Review International and an Associate Editor/Editorial Board member of many leading tourism journals including Annals of Tourism Research,  Journal of Travel Research, and Journal of Leisure Research. He served on the Board of Directors for the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) International. He regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Sustainable Tourism, International Tourism, Critical Issues in Community Development, and Tourism Planning. Link to directory page


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 23 additional scholarly journals, and is commissioning editor over 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 is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University.  She is also former director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism in the school.  She has over 25 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 is to help the tourism and natural resource recreation agencies sharpen their sustainability thinking, planning, and outcomes. Reach her at chrisv@asu.eduLink to directory page


Nicholas Wise is an assistant professor and joins ASU after working abroad since 2012, most recently at Liverpool John Moores University in England. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nicholas completed his Bachelor’s degree at Lock Haven University (2006) and Master’s at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008). In 2012 he received his PhD at Kent State University in Ohio. For his PhD research he conducted an ethnographic study residing with Haitians in a remote village in the Dominican Republic studying sport, contested identities and (informal) events. Nicholas has travelled extensively in 100 countries as a student, an instructor, for research/fieldwork, to present at conferences, as a volunteer and for leisure, inspiring him to conduct internationally focused research and to edit collections bringing together a range of international perspectives. His current research focuses on placemaking, competitiveness, social regeneration and community impacts, conducting work across the areas of sport, events and tourism. He brings an international perspective to his teaching informed by scholarly research focusing on the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Serbia and Italy. He has published across several disciplines and collaborates with colleagues across a number of academic disciplines. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE). Link to directory page



Xiao Xiao is an assistant professor at the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU and located at the Hainan University-Arizona State University International Tourism College in Haikou, Hainan Province, China, and conducts research in the areas of recreation, parks, tourism, and natural resources, more specifically in parks and recreation planning; tourism geography; and community engagement in rural and urban environments. Her expertise is transportation management in parks, social carrying capacity, social justice, climate change and adaptation for cultural resources and heritage, and sustainability planning and implementation. Specifically, Xiao is interested in diversity and social justice issues related to park and tourism destinations, transportation management in parks and tourism destinations, quantitative methodology in tourism management, decision-making sciences in tourism management, social aspect of climate change and adaptation, and applications of geospatial analytics in tourism management. Link to directory page