Kelly S. Bricker is a professor of Sustainable Tourism at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She also works as a senior research scientist – recreation with HDR|DTA part time.
She completed her PhD research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and natural resource management. She has special research and teaching interest in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the environmental and social impacts of tourism.
Bricker has conducted research on heritage tourism, social impacts of tourism, and natural resource-related tourism environments. She has presented papers on issues in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and incentive travel programs. She has published articles on sense of place, ecotourism certification and policy, and health and sustainable tourism relative to communities.
With Rosemary Black and Stuart Cottrell, she authored and edited a book titled Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change. With her husband Nathan, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.
She currently serves as the chair of The International Ecotourism Society’s Research and Education Council, the ESTC15, and as past chair, current vice chair, and treasurer for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.